7-year runaround ends for Alaskan denied job after Guard service

More than seven years after his battle began, an Alaska Air National Guard veteran has won a big settlement against the U.S. Indian Health Service for refusing to rehire him after his active duty.

It may be the longest running such case in the country.

Back in 1995, Bob Traut was a dietary supply technician, ordering food and nutritional supplements for the Alaska Native Medical Center in downtown Anchorage. Traut, who earlier served in the U.S. Air Force, left that year for active duty with the Alaska Air National Guard.

But when he tried to get back his job with the U.S. Indian Health Service five years later, he was told there was nothing for him. Federal law says that shouldn't happen to military veterans.

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