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Easing veterans’ job plight

Walmart’s program to hire 100,000 over five years may boost efforts among other businesses, but critics contend it’s not an attractive option

When Marine Sergeant Christopher Carter was deployed to Iraq in 2007, he used heavy equipment to help repair and maintain roads in the war-scarred country.

Now home in Lenox, Carter, 35, still has the skills and experience to operate bulldozers and bucket loaders. But he doesn’t have a piece of paper certifying he completed a formal apprenticeship in the use of such equipment. It’s been enough to keep the father of four from landing a job in the field he spent years learning.

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