PATRIOTIC HEARTS' PROGRAMS FOR US VETERANS
Patriotic Hearts' mission is to provide essential services and assistance to US veterans and their families, and to educate the US citizenry about their valiant sacrifices and value to our nation. Patriotic Hearts is a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 non-profit (EIN 20-8599179) that is supported largely by charitable contributions. It is in "good standing" with the IRS.
We began as a response to a Marine who returned from Iraq to discover his wife and two small children living without utilities, due to his wife being laid off while he was deployed. He knocked on our founders’ door and asked: "Sir, Ma’am, I need to earn some money right away to get the electric and gas turned on in my home for my family. Do you have any work that I can do for you right now around your home or yard?"
The first program of Patriotic Hearts was a site called HireMarines.com. That became HirePatriots.com. Our first job board was a One Day job board that residents in San Diego used to hire local Marines, Corpsmen and sailors. It was a sensation and received several prestigious awards for the benefit it brought to US veterans, as well as to San Diego’s communities and economy. Since, we have expanded this program across America, and we will continue to do so with your participation.
Our U.S. military, particularly the lower and mid-range enlisted and their families, often endure extreme financial stress, coupled with multiple, lengthy deployments and the rigors of military life. And our transitioning veterans often take years before catching up with their civilian peers and securing sustainable employment. This lengthy financial stress takes its toll. Too often it means that a veteran also loses his family as a part of his or her sacrifice to our country.
In response to this burgeoning crisis, Patriotic Hearts has developed several free programs. -- In recognition of our vital programs President Bush presented us with his "Congressional Medal of Merit." And President Obama awarded us the "Presidents Volunteer Service Medal."
Programs Provided by Patriotic Hearts:
- HirePatriots.com Job Board
- Transitional Preparedness Program
- Military Job Fairs
- Vet-Entrepreneur Mentoring
- Military Marriage Enrichment Retreats
- Financial Wellness Training
- Green Program (Carbon Credits and Recycling)
- Career & Personal Counseling & Mentoring
- Sales Training & Placement
- Welcome Home Parties
- Community Service Chapters
- School Kids Program
- Educational Endeavors
- Public Speaking & Media Interviews for US veterans
HirePatriots.com: This is our most popular program. It creates daily and vocational opportunities for U.S. military: Active duty, Reserves, Guard, veterans and their spouses. This is a free job board for residents and businesses to hire their local military, veterans and their spouses. We currently have HirePatriots websites in multiple areas of the U.S. This popular program is quickly spreading into every state with the collaboration of veteran owned and patriotic businesses, passionate volunteers, and schools. -- The goal of the HirePatriots program is to establish HirePatriots job boards in all 50 states, near every active US military base and throughout every region. This will enable us to assist hundreds of thousands of U.S. Military: Active duty, Reserves, Guard, veterans and their spouses every year.
One Day Jobs: HirePatriots is an entirely unique and free national outreach. It provides a One Day job board for our U.S. military, veterans and their spouses. These are jobs posted primarily by patriotic U.S. residents who want a nearby G.I. or veteran to come to their home and help them with chores.
These One Day jobs fill a critical need for transitioning troops and veterans. With 900,000 unemployed U.S. veterans, as of this writing, HirePatriots’ One Day jobs give patriotic U.S. residents an opportunity to pitch in and temporarily employ them until they can find full time employment.
But these One Day jobs do far than help our dear veterans financially. These jobs allow them to keep their heads held high. And it keeps their focus where it should be: protecting you and me. But they also help stimulate local economies. And it is a great assistance to senior citizens on limited incomes. Plus, it creates a wonderful bond with citizens and veterans. Here are a few of the thousands of comments from those who post jobs and find jobs on HirePatriots.com: http://www.hirepatriots.com/news-and-blogs/entry/what-people-say-about-hirepatriots-job-program
Careers Job Board: HirePatriots encourages companies to post their jobs on HirePatriots.com. Companies benefit from our niche market. They comment on how they receive far more responses to their jobs from HirePatriots than giants like Monster.com. We use all of our resources to help you fill your positions with qualified personnel. Our job board is connected to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. And we create a permanent blog post of your company too. HirePatriots ranks in the top 1% of all U.S. websites and continues to receive constant media attention. The ultimate goal for HirePatriots is to succeed in helping every U.S. veteran to secure sustainable, full-time employment.
Transitional Training: HirePatriots offers online and on-site training seminars for transitioning military personnel and US veterans. This unique and comprehensive program was developed by a veteran with decades of HR experience. This program was created by Captain Cesar Nader (USMC). Here is a sample video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPvpwL6rlYQ
Job Fairs: HirePatriots has hosted many job fairs for the U.S. military and veterans. HirePatriots has a stellar reputation with businesses across America and the world. And of course, we are highly regarded by the U.S. military.
Warriors to the Workforce is comprehensive hiring events that combines pre-interview training and resume writing for veterans. And they also hold events and seminars for the attending employers to help them better appreciate the value of military training and veteran experience. – Lt. General Donald Jones (Army Ret.) and Crystal Dyer (Army Ret.) are the directors of this program. These job fairs are held across the breadth of our nation.
Veteran Entrepreneur Mentoring: HirePatriots vigorously seeks to support veterans who have chosen to start their own businesses. We believe that this is crucial to the rebuilding of the American economy and to employing more of our transitioned U.S. military. HirePatriots has created a valuable training and support program for U.S Veteran entrepreneurs. We use the combined business acumen of our multiple HirePatriots’ business leaders to provide step-by-step hands on business development training.
Military Marriage Enrichment Retreats: Our military’s emotional and psychological health, as well as their professionalism is largely dependent upon the health of their relationships with their immediate family members. The divorce rate has risen as high as 90% on bases with frequent combat deployments. Military wives call it "The Plague."
Patriotic Hearts hosts military marriage enrichment retreats to strengthen military and veterans’ marriages. The theme of our retreats is "Love and Respect." They last from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. We continue to follow each couple closely after the retreats. And we have had wonderful success in keeping marriages and families united. These are all-expenses paid retreats.
Financial Wellness: Patriotic Hearts provides training on how to manage personal and family income, through seminars, retreats and online. This is a unique and comprehensive 5 point Financial Wellness series of workshop courses that has been specifically designed for veterans, active duty, and military families. It is a customized, financial wellness curriculum that focuses on helping our heroes and their families understand their particular spending personalities. Then we teach the essentials of money management. And we also explain the necessity for multiple streams of income and investment strategies.
Career & Personal Counseling: Many qualified volunteers offer to give professional counseling to US veterans’ career search. And marriage counselors, PTSD experts and licensed psychologists also donate their time and services.
Sales Training & Placement: For US veterans and their spouses who need immediate employment beyond our One Day jobs, we offer professional sales training. HirePatriots has created sales opportunities for these veterans. And we have contracted with companies seeking US veterans’ help with marketing their products and services too.
Welcome Home Parties: Patriotic Hearts hosts all-day picnics for recently returned combat battalions. These include barbeques, games, rides, contest, popular personalities and live music for the entire military family. Volunteers from the local community volunteer to serve at these events and they are a wonderful celebration of our warriors and their families.
Community Service Chapters: The goal of HirePatriots is to create a Nationwide One Day Jobs Safety Net for U.S. veterans and their spouses. To accomplish this goal, we are creating HirePatriots chapters across America. These chapters have their own local, customized HirePatriots website on which they control the content. We seek leaders in these areas to create and manage a volunteer force of veteran supporters. Their mission is simple: Inform the local business and residents about their HirePatriots.com site and job board and get jobs posted for local veterans. Then inform their local veterans and spouses. They also host fundraisers and seek sponsors to provide Patriotic Hearts programs in their areas.
School Kids Program: A wonderful result of our increasing popularity has been that public schools are adopting Patriotic Hearts and HirePatriots as a community service project. These schools receive their own HirePatriots.com website, and the students fill it with their patriotic efforts, essays, videos and pictures. We are also writing a curriculum and a book to promote this program and make it a perpetual part of our American fabric.
Educational Endeavors: In the last 50 years the American population has gone from 90% of American males being US military veterans to less than 1% of our current generation. And further reductions in our nation’s Armed Forces are being planned. There now exists a tremendous vacuum of understanding and appreciation for the important role veterans and their families play in keeping America a safe haven for democracy and freedom. In response, Patriotic Hearts trains patriotic citizens to speak and seeks out opportunities on TV, radio, in the press, and at community events, associations, clubs and schools for them teach about US veterans’ sacrifices and critical role in preserving our way of life.
Road Trip for Veterans: HirePatriots is also seeking funds to purchase an RV and to fund a trip to every state in order to get the HirePatriots Job program started for US veterans everywhere. -- This is an opportunity for company sponsorship.
Wireless for Heroes: Helping Our Heroes One Cell Phone at a Time
We need your support to make all of happen. Please donate here: http://bit.ly/pG6nMb
The Patriotic Hearts Team
Patriotic Hearts’ Board of Directors: US Veterans
Patriotic Hearts is a 501c3 non-profit whose primary mission is to eradicate US veteran unemployment. We also provide a host of services that assists veterans, their families and the businesses that support them.
Our “Voting” Board Members are all US veterans. They are also men of honor, truth, achievement and persons who possess a continued commitment to serve US veterans and our nation, America. We are proud to introduce the life-blood that provides vitality for Patriotic Hearts:
Warren Schroefel: (USMC) Vice Chairman Warren is a successful entrepreneur who has been CEO and Chairman of major corporations and foundations. Warren is the Co-Chairman of the Board. He manages our Board meetings and assures that everything we do adheres to the very best non-profit board procedures and principles. He is our founder’s chief adviser and sometimes devil’s advocate. He is a man of extraordinary integrity who watches over and protects Patriotic Hearts. He also creates funding for Patriotic Hearts programs and jobs for US veterans. Here is Warren Schroefel’s LinkedIn profile: http://linkd.in/16egtVJ
Tom Rippy: (USAF) Treasurer Tom Rippy owns Lighthouse Tax Services in Ladson, SC. He manages the finances, books, banking, taxes and donations for Patriotic Hearts, and serves as our Board Treasurer. Tom has been with Patriotic Hearts since 2009. In many ways he has been our Rock. Tom’s advice and assistance have been critical to the maintenance of our mission. He is a man of faith, sincerity and honor. Here is more information about Tom: 9.5 years active duty Air force. Enlisted and officer. Received commission through ROTC at Charleston Southern University. Held rank of Captain with the SC National Guard. Graduate of Horry Georgetown Tech. (HGT) and Charleston Southern University (CSU). Graduate studies at University of Maryland and Texas A&M. Here is a link to information about Tom’s Lighthouse Tax Services: http://bit.ly/19TlNv5
Phil Foster: (US Army) Sergeant at Arms Colonel Phil Foster has led thousands of personnel beneath his command in major logistical operations with stellar success. He has served several tours in combat positions. He now co-owns Supply Needs, a logistical company specializing in water purification, storage solutions, consulting and training. Phil has been of immense value to Patriotic Hearts. His mature leadership, experience and persistence have led us to success after success. Colonel Phil Foster wants to get veterans hired! And he works tirelessly to help HirePatriots achieve its goal of solving US veteran unemployment.
Cedrick “Doc” Brown: (USN) Secretary Perhaps the finest men I have ever met are Corpsmen and Medics. Doc Brown was a Navy Hospital Corpsman for 20 years, and he was a leader of Corpsmen all across the US. We are so proud to have him as a member of our Board of Directors. Cedrick was stationed at Camp Pendleton when our founders began HirePatriots.com. He was one of the first veterans to take a job from HirePatriots’ One Day job board. So when he was about to retire from the Navy 8 years later, he contacted us and offered to volunteer because he ‘believed’ in what we are doing. He showed his natural leadership and initiative immediately. He created our Patriotic Hearts “Wireless for Heroes” program that provides free cell phone service. Then he began a business to employ veterans, nationwide. And he has done so much more! So when a seat on our Board was available, he was the obvious choice. And we are blessed that he accepted.
Mark Baird (US citizen) Chairman Our founder appreciates and honors US veterans. Mark has served US veterans since 1970 in a variety of ways, helping them to start businesses, getting them employed, marriage counseling, PTSD counseling, and by being an advocate for US veterans through writing, speaking, media appearances. He is the CEO of HirePatriots.com, and the author of “An American Crisis: Veterans’ Unemployment.” His primary mission is to provide a lasting solution. He is convinced that the only way of doing so is to enlist the participation of US citizens to post One Day jobs. Mark is a frequent speaker on national and local media about veteran issues and helps other such experts and veterans to have opportunities to champion veterans. Mark is also the founder of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3, that provide a variety of free services to US veterans and their families.
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