The Veterans' Enemy at Home

A federal court ruling callously limits the rights of veterans to sue to get their old jobs back

Misty Keasler for TIME

Michael Garrett, a Marine reserve photographed at his home in Heath, TX.

Of all the troubles that U.S. troops may face when they come home, getting their old jobs back should not be one. Uncle Sam supposedly took care of that with a law saying civilians turned soldiers cannot be fired for serving their country--or denied the right to sue in federal court.

Which is why returning veterans should hear the story of Michael Garrett.

Thirteen years ago, Captain Garrett of the U.S. Marine Corps traded his camouflage utility uniform for the business-casual dress of a Circuit City service manager. The electronics company was booming, and Garrett could still get his dose of...

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