- The Washington Times - Friday, March 4, 2011

I read “Jobless rates of minorities linked to illegals” (Politics, Wednesday) and wondered if our young veterans are also considered to be minorities. Barely 1 percent of our citizens are lining up to serve our country in military service, and they, too, are suffering high unemployment numbers.

For example, can my two unemployed sons be considered minorities? They signed up to serve this country, endured difficult training and served four combat deployments with the U.S. Marine Corps only to be turned down continually for every job for which they have applied - that is, if they even get called for an interview. In the past, when they have secured jobs, they often have gotten the boot on the 90th day of employment - when benefits normally go into effect. And the cycle begins all over again.

My veteran sons have been unemployed for two years. Are they minorities? I think they should be considered as such. We shouldn’t be so quick to assume that only a single segment of our population is suffering high unemployment numbers. Young adults who have served our country deserve better when they come home.

B. MILLER

Burke, Va.