Now: Police officer
Chris Cowan served in Afghanistan as an Army infantryman with Rowley and Baldwin. He patrolled in a Humvee and manned a variety of weapons under fire, including the M4 carbine and M240 machine gun. But he traded in his cammies for a badge four years ago and joined the Syracuse Police Department in New York.
Police work is one of the few civilian careers that's a close fit for infantry soldiers. "It's a really good transition," Cowan said. He noted that there are lots of similarities between the two enterprises, including the "quasi-military" rank structure of police departments and a culture that values teamwork, discipline and a "warrior mindset."
Vets coming home from war face unique hurdles in an already tough job market.
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