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Inequality Diminishes America's Freedom

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One thing has become disturbingly clear during the country's anemic economic recovery. Middle-income jobs are disappearing, and they're not coming back.

The corresponding decline of America's middle class is something that should concern the entire nation, but as a military veteran, this development directly impinges on essential American freedoms, freedoms that I helped to safeguard during my eight years with the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Battalion.

Most of the growth in the recent economic recovery has been due to the growth in low-wage jobs.

But how free are you when you're paid poverty wages? Not very free at all.

Examining Veterans In The U.S. Economy

That's what a new report examining the condition of veterans in the U.S. economy, specifically the low-wage security industry, recently found.

The report, called "Underpaid Heroes" found that working conditions for veterans within the industry are poor. The median wage for most security workers is less than $11 an hour, and many security officers are forced to rely on public assistance to make ends meet.

My time in the service taught me a lot about the importance of service, self-sacrifice, and how communities need safety and security in order to prosper.

With one out of five security officers in the U.S. being veterans, we have a responsibility to do right by the men and women that America has asked so much of.

That's why veterans like me are working with other security officers to push for better wages and working conditions for officers throughout the security industry.

How free are you when you're paid poverty wages?

I believe that by improving conditions for security officers, we can continue to serve our communities by having jobs that allow us to work with dignity and provide for our families.

This can also help us to preserve and protect Americans' freedom from economic insecurity.

Warren Reed is a veteran of the U.S. Marines Corps, 2nd Battalion and a member of SEIU's Stand for Security Campaign, which represents 40,000 security officers across the country. He can be reached at:
828 West Washington Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90015 818-691-9878

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