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Decorated Iraq War Veteran on Apprenticeship: “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

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Laborpress.org recently featured decorated war veteran and Ironworkers Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy, whose shot at union membership was vital to him transitioning back into civilian life.

LeFurgy began his career path after learning about the Helmets to Hardhats program. “This union turned my life around,” he said.  “No one can relate to what I did over there, but these guys come really close.”

LeFurgy’s decision to pick up a skilled trade was made after hearing Local 361 Business Manager Matt Chartrand describe the ironworker experience. From Labor Press:

“He started telling me about the job and it was the first time I was interested in something again,” LeFurgy says. “Matt didn’t even talk about what an ironworker does. He talked about what an ironworker is, and what an ironworker represents. That’s when I fell in love with it. It didn’t even matter what the job was — before I even got out there and touched the iron, it made me itch for more.”

Read more about Lefurgy on Labor Press.

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