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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.

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.

Posted by on in For Businesses
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

Posted by on in Jobs For Veterans
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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How to Beat Your Competitors

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I have developed an innovative strategy that has proven for 10 years to be sensationally successful. The Patriotic Business Plan is a new, 21st century method of attracting and securing loyal clients. This plan shows you how to build a cause marketing approach that incorporates the techniques of the previous century and the technological innovations of this new millennium. It builds a huge grass roots following of fervent supporters; gets your business multiple, free appearances on local TV and radio and in the press. You will also gain thousands of ‘followers,’ ‘friends,’ and ‘connections,’ on the social networks. Your website will...
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Marketing & Recruiting with a Popular Cause

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‘Cause Marketing’ is the key to success for 21st century businesses. In a world in which nearly the entire population is ‘connected,’ ‘followed,’ ‘friended,’ ‘linked,’ and ‘liked’ it is critically important for competitive businesses to also from such relationships with their community and with their customers and potential clients. I am not speaking about simply being on various social networks. I am talking about implementing a social strategy that includes your employees and patrons of your products or services. Before the social networks and even more so today companies found that by associating themselves with a higher cause and purpose than...
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New Business Venture for US Veterans

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US Military Maintenance is a business created for veterans that want to be business owners and that are committed to hiring other US veterans. “Who knows how to clean better than someone who has gone through boot camp or that has had to keep their rifle ready in a sand storm?” says Mark Baird, the founder of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 charity that provides HirePatriots.com, a job board for companies and residents to hire local US military, veterans and their spouses. Ethan Perez is the Director of US Military Maintenance for San Diego. Ethan served in the US Air Force. He...
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Solar Training & Jobs 4 US Veterans

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  Now Training & Placing Military Veterans as Solar PV Installers Junior Solar PV Installer: $13-19/Hour + Bonuses United States University/ 830 Bay Blvd./ Chula Vista, CA 91911 Solar PV Professional: February 23 to March 6 and then March 30 to April 10. • Benefits package with health, dental and vision • Vacation, sick and holiday pay • 401 (k) savings plan • Eligibility to receive equity in the company Growth opportunities for top performers Qualifications: • Unemployed • High school diploma or GED • A valid driver’s license with no more than 2 points • Pass a pre-employment criminal and drug screen •...
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KIDS of US VETERANS SCHOLARSHIPS

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If you’re Parents or Grandparents served in the Military you have the opportunity to get one of the many Scholarships offered by the American Legion: Dr. Hannah K. Memorial Scholarship                                  $ 1,000 Spirit of Youth Scholarship                               (5)           $5,000 Children of Warrior’s National President     (1) 3,500 (1) 3,000 (1) $2,500 American Legion Auxiliary –Non- Traditional             (5)   (each)...
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A major and significant downsizing of our US military is happening right now. 1.3 million US armed forces members are being pushed out before the date that their enlistment papers and contracts state. This reduction, coupled with the hundreds of thousands of recent US veterans that have transitioned back into the civilian world and that still have not found sustainable employment, threatens to make the unemployment crisis among US veterans a catastrophe. Their finding suitable employment just became much harder than it already is! Fortunately, there are solutions. The National Institute of Training and Education has several training programs for US veterans in...
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Video about our Nation's Revered Flag

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We are all so blessed to live in America: To be citizens of a country that has been the light of the world since its inception in 1776. The Stars and Stripes represents our nation and it is recognized by everyone in the world. The stars represent the number of our states and the stripes represent the first 13 colonies. This video was sent to us by a HirePatriots supporter, Bill Gibson, a US Army Buck Private who rose in the ranks to become a Colonel. I love those "Mustangs!" ...
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Lying: The Way of the World

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We all know this to be true. Seemingly, every one lies nowadays. It is the way of the world. Certainly we know that politicians lie constantly. They make promises that they know they will never fulfill. Mechanics take advantage of our ignorance and charge for repairs that are completely unnecessary. Doctors insist that we have surgeries that we don’t need. Dentists too. Bankers and mortgage brokers, contractors, car salespersons, etc. The list is endless. Who believes that the ads we read and see are telling us the real truth? “Buyer beware!” This is an adage that we must live by.Why...
Tagged in: honesty lying NOTW
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Saving US Military Marriages and Families

Posted by on in For Families
I am writing this not just to describe our critical program for US veterans, but also to inspire you to action. This is an effort that all Americans should support. Let’s see if I can convince you. In 2006, after we had begun HirePatriots.com to lift the spirits of our local US Marines and sailors in San Diego, we repeatedly met military couples that were going through divorce and the break-up of their families. The stress of repeated deployments to combat and just the daily hardships of military service was wearing down our exemplary US patriots that volunteered to use their...
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The Military Network

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I want to endorse and promote a very good online resource for US veterans. It is run by Michael Perry (USAF). He is a man of significant accomplishment. He has a sincere passion for helping his fellow US veterans. Please join us on LinkedIn at Military Network: Click HERE. Here is a recent note from Michael about his efforts: We are Revitalizing our Military Network Dedicated Radio Show on KGYT 102.7FM out of Idaho Springs Colorado with Brock Cureton as our DJ and streaming his show via the internet to your computer via Streema – At Internet connect is required to...
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PATRIOTIC HEARTS' PROGRAMS FOR US VETERANS

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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...
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HirePatriots.com is a very popular job board among veterans and US businesses. We are the employment program of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. We have US veteran job seekers on our site 24/7. The cost to post a job on HirePatriots ranges from $50 to $125. Here is a link to our Careers job board. Click HERE. You can also purchase unlimited job postings for one year for $1500. Make that donation HERE. We also are very well connected to the search engines and social networks. We will publish a blog post about your company and a link to your job page. It will be a permanent...
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TV: The Truth about Veteran Unemployment

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Mark Baird, the founder of HirePatriots.com is interviewed about the truth regarding veteran unemployment numbers that are being touted as only 5.6%. This is a TV interview I did on a national conservative talk show about veteran unemployment. Interviews like this is what I want all my HirePatriots members doing: Advocate for US veterans. I seek and coach US veterans to do this. And I have written    The Patriotic Business Plan:Strategies for Sensational Success that shows everyone how to do this. And I have written    An American Crisis: Veterans' Unemployment a best seller that helps veterans, businesses that want to hire...
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