An Akron man and a member of the Ohio National Guard was arrested after he allegedly forged a letter to get out of a traffic ticket.
News Channel 5 reports Rodney Dennis, 25, was given a ticket on Sept. 23 for driving under a suspended license after police pulled him over for speeding.
Dennis sent a letter to the court on National Guard letterhead claiming that he was training during the month of September and could not have been stopped by the police.
The charges were dismissed by an Akron Municipal Court judge in February.
Police investigated the incident and found that Dennis had forged the letter. He is now facing three felony charges.
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Another challenge awaits troops returning to their home life. Even with local veteran agencies and career centers helping soldiers with their job search, they still find obstacles as they interview with prospective employers.
Employment specialist for Ohio National Guard, Joshua Stone, says some companies and businesses turn down prospective employees if they find that they served time in the military.
"You know, some of the things soldiers have told me are appalling ," said Stone. "People say "Well, if I want someone to kick down the door I'll call you.' That's obviously unacceptable and illegal, but yes for some it is a hindrance."
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He explains that employment discrimination against veterans is protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Under the act, soldiers who are returning to their original job are protected.
"If the service member willing to put in the effort, we will find them work," said Stone.
Public affairs officer Captain Matt Molinski says from his personal experience, some soldiers encounter obstacles when they find out their previous job they held before being deployed has changed.
"Each time I left for deployment and came back, my job situation changed," said Molinski. "When I came back, there was no job there, so I was given the severance pay and all those things that my former colleges had gotten while I was away to meet the requirements under USERRA."
He says agencies work hard to find military-friendly jobs for soldiers and encourages troops who are returning home to immediatly contact their local veteran agency to help them locate a job as well as representatives for the Ohio National Guard.
Molinski says members of the Ohio National Guard can take part of the Yellow Ribbon Program which offers help 30, 60 and 90 days after returning from overseas. It helps soldiers in a variety of areas including employment opportunities and mental health screenings.
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