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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 website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.

Memorial Day: A Day for Mourning

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Dear fellow U.S. citizens of all stripes and colors: On May 30 of every year, Americans across our nation dedicate a day to remembering our war dead. It is a solemn occasion. Decorating the graves of our Armed Forces who died in combat is a tradition we have kept since the Civil War. It is good and right that we should and must do so. They all deserve this day. It is the least that we can do for their willingness to give their lives to protect ours. I have attended many Memorial Day events in parks and at national cemeteries....
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TV, Radio, Press and Speaking Engagements for Your Business Patriotic Hearts offers businesses an effective and unique method of getting multiple, free TV and radio interviews on News and Talk shows, as well as features in the press and other publications.  We also teach you how to get frequent speaking engagements. You can receive tens of thousands of dollars in marketing, branding, P.R., and recruiting every year. These are not advertising spots. They are interviews, features, and 20 minute speeches. As a result of this sensational media coverage, some businesses also receive awards and municipal funds. This method can be used...
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This is a great employee engagement project that will receive local & national media attention for your company.    In 2004, a U.S. Marine knocked on Mark & Tori's door and asked for help. That encounter changed their lives and has positively affected hundreds of thousands of lives since. Listen to Mark and Tori tell their heart-breaking and heart-warming story. Few Americans really understand how many sacrifices our US veterans and their families endure.   Mark and Tori created a simple but powerful community project that connects neighborhoods and businesses with their local US military and veterans in a way that...
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To listen to this Blog Talk Radio interview, click HERE. Richard Hedges used the Hire Patriots message to start, market, recruit, and grow his business. He started a US Military Maintenance business of his own in rural Kentucky, after serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq while in the US Army. Listen to Richard explain how to start a business from scratch into a success in less than a year. If you are interested in learning more, call or text 760-730-3734. Mark Baird...
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A Business Start-Up that Employs US Veterans

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If you are wondering how to earn a good living after military life, take a look: A year ago, Patriotic Hearts, a charitable organization that focuses on providing programs that help veterans get back on their feet after transitioning from the US military, created a program called US Military Maintenance. Its purpose is two-fold: One, it provides an inexpensive way for veterans to start a business and begin earning money right away. Two, it employs US veterans and pays them an industry leading wage. After one year, we have gotten over a dozen US veterans going in US Military Maintenance. Some...
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Kitchen Craft is an American company. All of its products are "Made in America." All of their employees are Americans. The company's owner is a US Marine that fought in Vietnam. And Kitchen Craft is a supporter of Patriotic Hearts, the veteran charity that provides and several other critical programs for our US military, veterans, and their families.   Kitchen Craft makes the best kitchenware in the world. My wife still has the set I bought her decades ago. And it still looks almost new. It is made of stainless steel at the America factory in Westbend, Wisconsin.  Kitchen Craft is looking for...
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Recent Army Veteran's Success Story: Listen

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We will be having a radio broadcast on Friends of Veterans Radio this Thursday at 8 AM PST/ 11 AM EST. It will only last for 30 minutes.  Richard Hedges, a recent US Army combat veteran, will share and answer questions. He began his business just one year ago. He now has multiple accounts, hires many people, and he works from home. He takes care of the 'books,' acquires new accounts, and hires more employees to take care of them. -- Listen to him tell you how he did it and you can too.  This show is a meeting of USMM owners to...
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Staff & Recruit with Hire Patriots

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HirePatriots provides recruiting and staffing for companies that want to hire US veterans. We have been offering these services for over 12 years. In addition to conventional methods, we implement our award-winning and unique strategy that is described in the best-selling book: The Patriotic Business Plan. Our organization has multiple professional recruiters on its team. They all work on a “contingency” basis and much of what they earn is donated back to our non-profit for US veterans, Patriotic Hearts. We have created a strategy that earned us the “Congressional Medal of Merit,’ the ‘National Leadership Award,’ and the ‘Visionary Award.’ It...
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Richard Hedges is the owner of Military Maintenance Professionals in Owensboro, KY. He is a U.S. Army veteran (1999-2005) that served as an Aircraft Electrician in Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard is one of those guys that has a mechanical mind. He can fix anything from a jet aircraft to HVAC, mechanical facility systems, any IT issue, hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, vehicles, plumbing, etc.  He lives in rural Kentucky. The biggest town within 20 miles of him has 8,000 residents. He has a wife and 4 children to support. After transitioning, Richard found jobs that used his experience and talents. He was a...
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A Prayer for the Nation

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Almighty God,       you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity       and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry,       truthful education,       and an honorable way of life.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion;       pride and arrogance       and every evil course of action. Make us who came from many nations       with many different languages       a united people. Defend our liberties and give those       whom we...
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If you are a “Military Friendly” or US Veteran owned business, we provide an extremely popular HirePatriots job board. This will greatly increase visits to your website, build your brand recognition, add new clients, and recruit US veterans for your open positions. -- But it will do far more! For 12 years, has received tremendous media coverage on TV News stations, talk radio shows, and in major publications, nationally and locally. You can receive this free publicity for your business too. The reasons why your local News affiliates, radio, and publications will want to interview you is because you will be providing...
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US Veterans & Divorce

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The stress of US military life: training, long deployments, and moving from base to base makes military marriages more difficult than most in the civilian world. And then there is the shock and horror of combat that so many of our veterans have experienced during America’s longest war: the “War on Terrorism,” which we are continuing to battle. Imagine the stress of a spouse whose loved one is deployed to combat. Imagine the stress of a man or woman in the US military that is separated from their spouse and children for many months, especially if they are serving in an...
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Keep Your Job and Start a Business

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You might love your job; or, you might need your job. Maybe you cannot afford to quit and start a business. You are already living month to month. I know exactly what that is like. Here is how I started a business while teaching high school and coaching sports, and having a wife and kids. I was working as a teacher and a coach at a high school. I loved my job!  I did not want to quit; but, I could just barely survive and support my family with what I was paid. I had to do something! -- Getting a...
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Looking for a job you can enjoy and make good money doing is a hard thing to find. It’s the job we all want but few ever get. After joining the US Marines, getting injured and released, I got married. I was 19. By the time I was 20, I had a daughter. I was working on my A.A. degree, and then I was going to get my B.A. and become a teacher. That was going to take a few more years. In the meantime, I dug ditches for the local water district, was a security guard, a salesman, and a...
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Charm: The Key to Prosperity

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Charisma: compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others: a divinely conferred power or talent: personality, presence, character, magnetism, attractiveness, appeal, allure. The talent to have people like you is the key ingredient to success anywhere at any level. Selling yourself is the key to success whether you own a business or work for it. No one buys from a company nor promotes a person that they do not like. And if you are in the job market: No one hires anyone that they do not like. Therefore, knowing how to create a positive connection with others is critical to success....
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Free Counseling for as Long as it is Needed

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Give an Hour provides no cost mental health treatment for military, veterans, and loved ones regardless of status or discharge. Our sessions are unlimited and extend to individuals who may not be eligible for other benefits through the DEERS and VA/DOD system. Clients can access these free services by visiting and clicking “get help”.  What is Give an Hour? ·         Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization providing free counseling and other mental health services to active duty service members, members of our National Guard and Reserve, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan who have separated or retired from any branch...
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There are dozens of local HirePatriots community job boards for US veterans across America. Businesses, schools, organizations, chambers and patriotic activists sponsor these websites. It raises the profile and awareness of these enterprises. It also greatly increases the visits to their website, and it produces new clients and members. Perhaps most of all, it produces an invigorating sense of purpose to be responsible for helping so many people in your area.  The primary purpose of a Patriotic Hearts chapter is to support local US military, veterans and their families through the use of a customized, local community website, job board...
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US Military Maintenance is a program of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 charity, dedicated to assisting US military, veterans, and their spouses.  Our purpose is to create hundreds of V.O.B.s that employ thousands of US veterans. We provide everything you need to get started and to be successful. All we ask is to be reimbursed for our initial expenses. That way, we can continue to grow and help more veterans.  Few people realize how lucrative these businesses are. Here is a simple example: A 3000 sq. ft. business takes one hour to clean. It generally pays about $1700 a month to clean 5 days...
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Career for US Veterans in San Diego

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Founded in 2011, Stallion Shading is a subsidiary of The Anna Davis Group owned by Matt Geans a Marine Corps Veteran and operations led by head Project Manager Mike Shrader whom together bring over 35 years of combined experience in the Commercial Window Treatment field. Shading is a C-61/D-52 licensed contractor and a certified DVBE Company focused on the management of our Commercial Window Treatment services and executions. (see links below for License and DVBE Cert) In addition to your common manual treatments, as a Window Treatment Technologies Leader, Stallion Shading is here to assist in the pre-planning of Smart Window Treatments...
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San Jose Looking for Police Recruits

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The San Jose Police Department is now hiring for the position of Police Recruit. This is the entry-level training classification to becoming a SJPD Officer. We are seeking highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing a professional law enforcement career in the City of San Jose.    For more information and to apply, please visit    The City of San Jose, known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, is located in Northern California, approximately 50 miles south of San Francisco. With a population of over one million people, San Jose is the 10th largest city in the nation.   Rich in culture and...
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