Why the hostility by some posters towards people who are clearly distressed and upset at their (the) situation? Clearly many of the older workers at HPE were impacted by the WFR, chances are they were top performers and thus expensive to keep. When you cross your 40's and are close to retirement, it is very hard to find another job no matter what your skills or abilities are, plus many people have not applied for a job in a very long time and the process of getting yourself ready for the job market can be daunting. So this distress and upset should be understandable to most anyone with an adult emotional intelligence.
It is also understandable why people would be upset at the terms of the severance. It is almost as if you were fired for cause because of the agreement that you can never return to HPE again, even as a contractor. To many people, this is an unneccessary burden on something that is already very difficult.
I would like to share that I started a new job this month in a rapidly expanding sector of IT. I am excited to be part of something so dynamic and in a company where my contributions matter. For people still following this thread. There is a very bright path forward from HPE, though it can be hard to see from where you are right now, but HPE/HP has been an emotional challenge for many of us for quite a long time. At some point, when we can all look back, this situation will, for many of us, show itself to be an opportunity forward.
I Wish the best for everyone this holiday season. My thoughts and prayers for you and your families.