Tenn. Marine Helping Combat Vet Unemployment

'Semper Sliders' Is More Than A Food Truck
Posted at 8:06 AM, Jun 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-06 09:08:24-04

One U.S. Marine from Tennessee is helping combat veteran unemployment by opening a food truck called "Semper Sliders." 

It's hard to miss this newly-painted shipping container on Music Valley Drive. Owner, Zachary Jenkins is just days away from opening his new business Semper Sliders

"The Marine Corps motto is Semper Fidelis it means 'always faithful' and so I went with Semper Sliders," said Jenkins. 

Jenkins is a Tennessee native.

"West Tennessee a little town called Milan," he said

He's also a US Marine, who served as a combat engineer from 2001 to 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004.

Making the transition from military service to civilian life is an ongoing issue for returning vets. Despite decreasing veteran unemployment rate, underemployment remains a problem.
"When I got out of the Marine Corps I was an iron worker for awhile but I was more at home in the kitchen. Cooking was really therapeutic for me," he said. 

Jenkins said he knows how hard is can be to adjust to civilian life.

"I think a lot of veterans don't know what to do when they get out of the military and are trying to find their place," said Jenkins. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide, the unemployment rate among veterans was 3.4 percent in May, the lowest in 10 years.

Even so, many vets struggle with post-traumatic-stress disorder or finding their place in the community.

So to help his fellow vets, Jenkins would like to hire former military to help run his truck. For an application, visit his Facebook page.