Disabled vets count the days they have left of employment

A new Army regulation requires all employees, including security guards, to take a physical test or lose their position.
A new Army regulation requires all employees, including security guards, to take a physical test or lose their position.

SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) – Some veterans who work at the U.S. Army Sunny Point Terminal in Southport may soon be out of the job because of a physical test, despite the number of years working there.

A new Army regulation requires all employees, including security guards, to take a physical test or lose their position. For some disabled veterans, running a timed mile is one of the challenges standing between them and employment.

The policy was made in 2006, but finally went into full effect June 4.

Some veterans who were unable to take the test said Thursday, three days after the deadline, they are still employed but it is only a matter of time before they will be forced to leave.

About 40 veterans work as guards at the terminal and about half are disabled. A number of them have reportedly gone up the chain of command, requesting exemptions from the new policy.

So far, one veteran has heard back and his request was denied.

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