Car Dealer Insider Nov 1, 2006
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Car Dealer Insider Nov 1, 2006

Hiring winners

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Shortly before Rick Jones was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1990, his father told the service manager at the dealership where he got his truck serviced that his son, an experienced mechanic, would be coming home and would need a job. Mr. Jones, who served six years in the U.S. Air Force, spent close to four years as a technician at that dealership in Southern New Jersey and joined the Delaware National Guard. He transferred to the Washington D.C. National Guard and has been a technician at Battlefield Ford in Manassas, Va., for nearly a dozen years. "What I do here, I pretty much did in the military - working on vehicles, though on a smaller scale," says Mr. Jones, who was stationed in Iraq for six months in early 2003 through the D.C. National Guard. "If you have experience as a mechanic, it's a plus," says Mr. Jones, who adds that several other technicians at his dealership are war veterans. But it's the discipline the military instills that he thinks is one of the biggest plusses of hiring military veterans - things like "showing up on time every day and... (200 of 801 words)

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