Fight for $15: Marine Corps Veteran Derrell Odom Struggling to Get By

What are your thoughts on the Fight for $15 movement? Watch this video as a former United States Marine, Derrell Odom, who did two tours in Iraq states his case. He’s struggling to get by as a cook working for minimum wage at a local KFC in the Atlanta, GA area.

I fought in the Middle East too. But Veteran to Veteran…I hear him loud and clear. I have kids as well and I want them to look up to me as their hero. That’s important to me.

He fought in Iraq, but back home, he’s struggling to get by. Fight for $15 advocates that everyone be paid a decent wage.

But we’ve ALL got choices. Why not take the same fight from the battlefield to building yourself up? Why expect someone to pay a wage for a position that never paid well to begin with? Passion to be a cook for KFC? Why not consider one day owning your own restaurant and KFC is just a stepping stone to a bigger conversation/purpose?

The last time I took at check from an employer was 15 years ago. A retired Master Sergeant unlocked the doors for me to entrepreneurship. How? I asked him question after question after question.

Most powerful thing he taught me was this Proverb of “Give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day. But teach him HOW to fish and he’ll eat forever”.

Two growing demographics of people in America today…those becoming millionaires…and those slipping into poverty. The big difference between them is the quality of the questions they ask of themselves and who they ask for answers.

How do you feel about #FightFor15?
(PS. Does anyone know this guy? I’ve got a little something for this Purple Heart recipient. Would love to help him out.)

Update: Nov 2015 – we still haven’t heard back from Derrell via two private Facebook messages.

Update: Oct 2015 – Derrell had just responded to my Facebook message left almost a year ago. I am connecting him with people I know in his area (Jonathan Mason) and I hope things work out!