At a recent job fair, Cherlene Emfinger, a fellow veteran, expressed the frustration that many of us face when she said, "At first I was optimistic. I have almost nine years of work history, a bachelor's degree, management skills and discipline. But now I'm just really frustrated. It doesn't make any sense." It's a frustration that we all face. Americans, by vast majorities, say that they support the troops, and while we appreciate the flags and the yellow ribbon bumper stickers, we echo Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis when she said, "If you own a business, the best way to thank a veteran is to hire one." Here's hoping. As for me, I'll keep applying for employment and hoping that something, anything, will shake loose.