Military Matters: Finding work after the military

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Service men and women risk their lives fighting for the U.S. often while out of the country. When they return to their homes, it can sometimes be difficult to transition from the military to a civilian job.

Jeff Sibley is a veterans service officer in Meridian who helps vets transition into life outside of the military.

“It’s not really easy," Sibley said. "You have to have veterans that are willing to go do whatever; if they’re out of a job they’re pretty much going to go to work anywhere you can help them with.”

The process isn’t always difficult. Some companies like Travel Centers of America go out of their way to make sure veterans know they can land a job there.

Meridian manager John Hicks says the company takes pride in doing so.

“We fly the TA flag and the American flag," Hicks said. "That’s why it’s Travel Centers of America; they’re big on country.”

Hicks says he thinks every employer should be willing to hire veterans.

Veteran and TA employee, Kyle Ross, agrees.

"I think every job should try to hire vets first," said Ross. "With the structure and the discipline we're taught every day."

Although it isn't always easy, it is possible to find work after returning from service. In fact, Service Officer Jeff Sibley encourages local vets to start the process in his office.

Here's contact information:
Jeff Sibley - veterans service officer
Brenda Ethridge - assistant
1827 23rd Ave.
Meridian, MS 39302

Call for appointment, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Office: 601-482-9811
Fax: 601-482-9845

Email: jsibley@lauderdalecounty.org
bethridge@lauderdalecounty.org