Center for Strategic Communication

Today, Gary Pollard, Jr. — a network technician from Washington, D.C. — sent the message below to the White House email list. Didn't get it? Join millions of Americans and sign up to receive messages from the White House.

I watched the President speak about the economy earlier today — maybe you did, too.

He talked about how, even though we've rebounded from recession faster than almost every other advanced nation, we've still got a lot of work to do when it comes to rebuilding the middle class.

It's easy to hear that and ask yourself, "What does the President mean when he talks about 'rebuilding the middle class?' Who are those workers? What kind of jobs do they have?"

Well, I'm one of them.

Two years ago, I was a U.S. Army veteran who had been working in the telecommunication industry for 14 years. Then, in August of 2012, I got laid off — and my family's future suddenly became uncertain. It was a terrifying feeling.

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