Young Veteran Beats The Odds In Job Market

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-A recent study from the Washington Post says the unemployment rate for veterans is at 6.2%.

One Marine Corps veteran and Topeka High School alum is finding a way to beat the odds.

David Marstall is putting his lifelong love for automobiles to work at Lewis Collision, but the road leading up to this point wasn't easy.

David was a firefighter in the Marines Corps Reserve. As a veteran, he says it was a struggle to find work.

"It's tough coming back to civilian life from that," said Marstall.

Marstall is still completing the 2 year auto collision repair program at Washburn Tech, but when the Lewis Collision manager noticed his work ethic, he hired him on the spot.

"He really wanted to be here and he has gone above and beyond in his schooling," said Lews Collision Shop Manager, Jeff Branam.

Marstall has won 2 grants-one helped him purchase tools to start his career. He says his school and work load is a lot to juggle at a young age, but being able to provide for his family makes it all worth it.

"When he finds something that he likes he puts 110%. Whether it's firefighting in the Marine Corps, or cars, or spending time with Matthew, our son," says David's wife, Sara.

David says he hopes to motivate other veterans to work hard before they say goodbye to their dreams.

"It all seems to fall into place," says David.

David is one of 59 winners nationwide to receive the Hire Our Heroes grant of $2,500. His other grant helped him receive special training in
aluminum repair.