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We owe veterans a place at front of line in civil service

Lawrence Harmon (“Boston’s police test: Prospects get dimmer for minority officers,” Op-ed, March 9) ought to have a better understanding of why the civil service preference for veterans is justified. To compare the experience of a community college student or City Year volunteer to a veteran who served in the military during wartime is naive.

The veteran has had experiences that a student or nonprofit volunteer could never have. Veterans have advantages in decision making and leadership experience that make them the best candidates for civil service employment. These men and women risked it all to protect their country. We should not send them to the back of the line.

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