Wounded Military Veterans Get Chance To Audition For The FBI
Wounded warriors who once fired weapons overseas are now getting the chance to see if they can take their skills to the FBI.
Veterans from all over Ohio showed up Wednesday at the second-annual Wounded Warriors Day in Ross County.
Master Sgt. Sean Clifton of Dublin fought with the Special Forces in Afghanistan. He and his team raided a Taliban hideout.
"I ended up being the very first guy to go through a door on a Taliban stronghold," said Clifton. "I walked into a wall of bullets, was shot at least four times."
While recovering in a military hospital, the Wounded Warriors sent Clifton a packet of socks and T-shirts.
Today he's part of the FBI. The Wounded Warrior program offered Clifton and other veterans internships.
"We get men and women who are dedicated, who are used to coming to work, have a work history, and are actually enthused," said Edward Hanko, FBI Cincinnati Special Agent.
Hanko said they put on their demonstrations as a recruitment tool. In Ross County, they showed veterans how their SWAT team works. That included everything from how they hide snipers in shaggy camouflage to the weapons they use. They also allowed the vets to test weapons on the firing range.
Hanko said if their skills match what the agency needs, they may be invited to join the FBI full time, like Clifton.
"It's an opportunity for me to to continue to serve my country by serving my community. It's a real world mission, evaluating the threats and insuring that the public is safer," said Clifton.
The interns are paid by the military while they work for the FBI.
Seventy-five people showed up Wednesday, nearly twice the number as last year.
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