For suicide hotline workers, pranks are an unfortunate reality

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — In the last three years working at the Veterans Crisis Line, responder Christina Tallie says she has had fewer than 10 exchanges with callers that have traumatized her. But she still gets anxious recalling them.

The worst involved a lengthy, frustrating phone call with a frantic veteran that ended with a sudden gunshot. She was so upset, she couldn’t work the rest of the day, and though about quitting.

What’s a security clearance worth to employers?

WASHINGTON – Even in a stagnant job market, companies appear to be willing to pay top-dollar for veterans with a security clearance.

A new study from the website ClearanceJobs.com puts the 2011 annual salary for individuals with some level of security clearance at more than $76,000, and increase of 5 percent from the previous year. When overtime, bonuses and other specialty pays are factored in, it translates into nearly $91,000 in annual compensation.


Wounded vets pedal for fellowship, awareness