On September 11, 2001, a cadre of fanatics instigated what would turn into the longest war that the United States of America has ever endured: the “Global War on Terrorism”, now better known to generations of veterans as the “Forever War”. This world-wide conflagration had hopped from country to country in pursuit of a never-ending parade of adversaries. This book isn’t about the war itself; it’s about the people who served during it and came home to a bewildering rebuke from current and potential employers. Public sentiment soured early on in the war, leading to damaging stereotypes and subversive tropes that actively impede veterans’ attempts to find gainful employment in the private sector.
This book explores why this happened, how it manifests, and what we can all do to mitigate it. If you’re a “Forever War” veteran looking for work, a hiring manager looking for people, or a leader trying to understand tensions in the office, this book is for you. It’s meant to inspire conversation, challenge assumptions, and clear away some of the common myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings that beleaguer veterans in the modern workplace.