Laid Off Defense Workers Need More Than Reorientation

Your story on the laid-off Hughes Aircraft Co. defense engineer ("From Hughes to hell--and back," People, Oct. 18) provides a number of lessons. We work with defense people nationwide who have to move to commercial industry. The engineer's experience is all too typical of people we talk to. The denial of reality and inability to understand the transition process are not unexpected, as defense people have often worked in defense their entire careers, often at only one company or agency.

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