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My name is Mark Baird. I am the founder of HirePatriots.com. I write about everything that helps US veterans, the organizations that support them, and US small businesses.

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Mark Baird

Mark Baird

Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a HirePatriots.com website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

A Combat Veteran's Struugle

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I met this tall and imperious US combat veteran at Saddleback Church: The mega- church created by Rick Warren, the author of the best seller A Purpose Filled Life. I began attending the church’s veterans meetings. The veteran who took me there was Greg, a three tour Vietnam War Army veteran. He was well over six feet tall and had a prophet’s beard. Greg had lived in trash dumpsters since his honorable discharge in 1973. He lived for just one reason when he returned ‘home’ to the States: to stay drunk. The police knew Greg well. As a courtesy, every Christmas...
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Doing Good is of paramount importance for businesses that want to be exceedingly successful today. Most Americans participate in supporting charitable causes. It makes us feel better about ourselves. Companies that sponsor these events and fundraisers connect with its volunteers and participants far more intimately and powerfully than any other method of marketing. Doing social good produces multiple benefits and tremendous profits. By aligning your business with a handful of popular non-profits you reach into the hearts of your customers. It fosters trust and loyalty. You are seen as benevolent. It binds you closely with those that care about the people...
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Market & Recruit Best by Doing Good

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Hello, I am Mark Baird, the founder of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 for US veterans and HirePatriots.com, one of the most popular web destinations for job seeking, active and former US military personnel. Our primary mission is to connect the right US veterans with the right companies. We do this in a variety of ways: our job boards, blog, social networks and targeted hiring events. We also offer premier HirePatriots memberships. We have developed a unique cause marketing strategy that helps businesses recruit veterans and market their company in many ways that go far beyond standard methods. This cause marketing program...
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Business in a Box 4 Veterans

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USMM is a program of HirePatriots, the veteran employment program of the 501c3 non-profit, Patriotic Hearts. The purpose of this program is to help US veteran entrepreneurs to start and develop a commercial maintenance cleaning company of their own. Its twin purpose is to build up veteran owned businesses that will hire other US veterans. Our goal is to create 1000 of these businesses across America and to put a dent in US veteran unemployment. We also desire to set an example for other veteran initiatives and V.O.B.s to follow. Directors The leaders and mentors of this program are myself;...
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Start Up Business for US Veterans

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HirePatriots, a charitable program for US veterans, is helping them start commercial maintenance businesses. We have US veterans across America that have already started. We provide you with equipment, training, bid sheets, contracts, shirt, business cards, letterhead, website, marketing and ongoing personal mentoring. Our purpose is to help veterans who want to own a business. Our goal is to make your business large enough for you to hire other US veterans. HirePatriots.com is the employment arm of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit for US veterans and their families. Write: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 760-730-3734. ...
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Would your company like to be associated with the charity Patriotic Hearts? It is the 501c3 that sponsors HirePatriots.com, a popular nationwide program that has helped many thousands of US military, veterans and their families, as well as residents and businesses. We were featured in People Magazine as “Heroes Among Us” and given awards from two US Presidents and Congress for our innovative programs. We promote our sponsors in unique and productive ways in books, websites, social networks, job fairs, on TV and radio, and in the press. We enter into a symbiotic relationship that helps your business in return for...
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The Deepest Wound of War: A Moral Conscience

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Perhaps the worst wound of war is the injury to veterans’ moral consciences. They participated in the death and injury of hundreds of thousands, enemy or not. Killing is something that nearly no one desires to do. It is abhorrent to almost everyone. Veterans that participate in war carry a particularly heavy weight. They have to do things that can injure their souls. Certainly snipers must deal with this. Too often in these recent wars children with weapons have been their targets. I know of one sniper that was unable to stop the firing from three windows of a building that...
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Get Your Business 'Military Clean!'

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US Military Maintenance is a nationwide effort to employ US veterans in commercial office cleaning. We are looking for companies that want to participate in this program so that we can hire and train local, work ready US veterans to maintain the professional image of your company. All US veterans are taught from the first day of boot camp to keep everything military clean. White glove inspections were the order of the day. May we set an appointment with you to have a tour of your business and make an offer for our team of US veterans to take the responsibility...
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Businesses: US veterans across America are starting a janitorial business called US Military Maintenance. These are type “A” military personalities that are devoted to building their businesses and hiring other US veterans to service all their accounts. This is a nationwide effort to help active duty and transitioned US veterans to earn a good living. We are putting a dent in US veteran unemployment. Will you help? US veterans are trained to be excellent cleaners beginning from the first day of boot camp. Drill instructors give “white glove” inspections. If any dust or dirt is discovered or if a quarter won’t...
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TRAINING & EDUCATION National Institute of Training & Education (NITE) specializes in workforce development programs that offer military veteran the skills-gap training and industry certifications necessary to transition into a rewarding civilian career.   GAP-TRAINING FOR VETERANS NITE's training programs are designed to address talent gaps in in-demand occupations identified by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. Qualified veterans can earn the necessary certifications to enter into industries such as:Renewable Energy (solar PV installation) Information Technology (Cisco, CompTIA, PMI, Microsoft...) Energy Efficiency (BPI) Transportation (CDL class A) Contractor Trades (roofing and OSHA)NATIONAL FOOTPRINT NITE partners with regionally and...
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HirePatriots has been serving US military and veterans for more than ten years. We are one of the most visited websites for job seeking US veterans in the country. HirePatriots has won awards from two US Presidents and Congress. We are frequently in the national media: TV, radio and press. We host multiple events each year for veterans (hiring events,  trainings, concerts, marriage retreats, etc.) And I am a best selling author and popular speaker on veteran issues.    HirePatriots has developed several methods of recruiting for your business. (All donations go to Patriotic Hearts, our 501c3 non-profit to support the...
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For Veterans that Want to Start a Business

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Our non-profit has two main missions: One, to get US veterans sustainably employed with the right company. Two, we help US veterans begin and build their own businesses so that they are able to employ other US veterans. Our newest and most popular plan for entrepreneurial veterans is to run their own US Military Maintenance company. We are working with US veterans in multiple states in growing their own USMM commercial maintenance (janitorial) business. We are teaching them, step-by-step, how to be a success. I built and owned janitorial businesses for 4 decades. And the veteran who is the Director of...
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A Business for US Veterans

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Our non-profit has two main missions: One, to get US veterans sustainably employed with the right company. Two, we help US veterans begin and build their own businesses so that they are able to employ other US veterans. Our newest and most popular plan for entrepreneurial veterans is to run their own US Military Maintenance company. We are working with US veterans in multiple states in growing their own USMM commercial maintenance (janitorial) business. We are teaching them, step-by-step, how to be a success. I built and owned janitorial businesses for 4 decades. And the veteran who is the Director of...
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Program 4 Veterans to Own Business

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HirePatriots.com has assisted over 300 vet owned businesses to be more profitable, to market their companies, and to employ more US veterans. Now we have created a business for US veterans to own so that they can employ US veterans too. It is called US Military Maintenance. Veterans across the country have already started. This is not a franchise.  This is a program to assist entrepreneurial US veterans to build a successful company that will hire US veterans.    I owned a janitorial business for 40 years. There is nothing about starting and running that business that I do not know....
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Assisting US Veterans for 45 Years!

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Patriotic Hearts' Programs for Veterans Patriotic Hearts does several things that that are vital to getting US veterans and their families back on their feet. I have been working with transitioning veterans since 1970. I am not a newcomer to treating and assisting our armed forces members. We are confident that our programs play an important role in healing and helping our US veterans.  Primarily, our simple One Day jobs program for a community's US military, veterans and their spouses has proven to have profound effects. Here are three news reports about HirePatriots One Day jobs for veterans: People Magazine, ABC News. This...
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Business Success = Social Engagement

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What has made the social networks so incredibly popular is the intrinsic need in human nature to communicate with others, to be ‘liked,’ ‘connected,’ ‘friended,’ and even ‘followed.’ We like being a ‘member,’ to be in a ‘community,’ a ‘group,’ and to ‘join.’ Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn, the most popular online networks have opened the proverbial “Pandora’s box.” Now that we have tasted Apple’s elixir, we are like Adam and Eve who ate from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Our innocence is no more. There is no going back, ever! A true and undeniable paradigm...
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The Big Advantages of Being a V.O.B.

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It a tremendous advantage to be a US veteran owned business. It sets you apart from your competitors and lifts your business to a much higher level. Unfortunately, most V.O.B.s do not know how to incorporate these benefits into their branding, marketing and recruiting strategies. My recent book, The Patriotic Business Plan: Strategies for Sensational Success goes into great detail and gives a step-by-step procedure to follow. But here are the very basics: Let me use a real example. HirePatriots was just contacted by a V.O.B. that is frustrated because he has started a business consulting firm in a big city...
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Our Work is our Witness

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In his letter to Titus, the elder on the island of Crete, the apostle Paul exhorts Titus to encourage Christians to practice “good deeds;” especially, good deeds that “meet pressing needs.” (Titus 3:14) Paul asserts that the purpose of Jesus Christ in calling us is to “purify a people who are zealous to do good deeds.” (Tit 2:14) My wife, Tori, and I seek to practice this admonition every day. It is our calling to provide One Day jobs for US military, veterans and their spouses. These jobs around neighbors’ houses “meet pressing needs.” They help the veteran and the home...
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Two Poems for Valentine’s Day

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            1.              Incomparable               I’ve seen granite exposed on mountain peaks Glow from grey to rose to blue, Even seagulls soar and pelicans glide Over a sea with the rainbow’s hue. But of all this world’s wonders, I’ve known of nothing to compare With the beauty of your heart: So open, trusting, bare. 2. Cosmological The boundaries of infinity Are not beyond your heart. Within your smile The galaxies fly. Concerning your soul The stars sing. And it is your beauty That causes wind...
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The Amazing Power of Blog Posts

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A blog post on HirePatriots.com appears on the home page of HirePatriots.com and on the homepages ofHirePatriots.com local sites in 45 states. Plus, it is key worded, meta-tagged and meta-described and sent to all the major search engines. And it is sent to our extensive social networks. The blog post becomes a permanent page on HirePatriots.com and will remain searchable for as long as the Internet lasts.   Blogging is the most powerful communication tool ever created. It reaches the entire world for free! If your title, picture, video and content is interesting enough and unique it may go "viral" and be seen by many...
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