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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.

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...
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Saving US Military Marriages and Families

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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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HirePatriots' Hiring Services

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US Veteran ‘Work Ready’ Hiring Events  HirePatriots invites either one, exclusive company with more than 25 immediate open positions to attend these event. We also modify these events to accommodate up to 8 companies within the same industry that have smaller hiring needs.   This is how it works: A company sends HirePatriots the specs and qualifications for their open positions. We use our contacts to find US veterans, many recently transitioned, with military and work experience in that industry or skill. Our HirePatriots team will work personally with these veterans prior to the event, making sure they are properly prepared...
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Become a Community Leader HERE

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Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit,  has a fully developed and tried strategy for being a community leader and helping many thousands in your part of America. It is all in this book:  The Patriotic Business Plan:Strategies for Sensational Success.    We began the Patriotic Hearts'  program ten years ago in San Diego. Our site began getting 10,000 visitors a week! We were voted the number 1 News story in San Diego for two years. The largest business association (3000 members) gave us the Visionary Award for stimulating our economy; and two US Presidents and Congress gave us medals. We have been invited...
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The New Business Crisis in America

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America is producing fewer and fewer new businesses. This is a crisis. The percent of our population in their twenties that are entrepreneurs has plummeted to its lowest rate in 20 years and continues to decline! 92% of US business owners are over the age of 45. Nearly half of them earn more than $100K a year. 70% are male and 30% are female. Twenty five years ago, 11% of US businesses were owned by citizens under the age of 30. Today that percentage is 4%. Interestingly, US veterans make up less than 3% of our population; yet, they constitute 12%...
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Great Biz Ideas of US Veterans

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Many of the new programs Patriotic Hearts develops are the concepts of US veterans that ask for our mentoring. We enter into a symbiotic 'social enterprise' relationship with their business and our prestigious non-profit and popular HirePatriots website. Veterans Green Projects and The Patriot Training Academy and US Military Maintenance are examples of how HirePatriots develops and supports patriotic businesses and ideas, particularly those by innovative and genius US veterans.           ...
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A Community Program 4 US Veterans

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We are a community project that unites all demographics and neighborhoods in thanking local US military, veterans, their spouses, widows and children. This program inspires patriotism. It teaches responsibility to country and community by honoring those that volunteer to serve in the US military and to protect our lives with their own. This is a program that schools use for their students to fulfill their community service requirements. It stimulates local economies. It is a great help to senior citizens. And is a wonderful source of help for residents who need an extra hand with chores and repairs, and for businesses...
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Project Management: A Perfect Fit 4 Veterans

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Project Management can be a great path for US veterans today. It is the one core competency that most US military trained personnel possess.US veterans have project management experience. US veterans are a natural fit for the project management world.  Project managers are in strong demand and their salaries are continuing to climb, worldwide. The latest PMI salary survey found the median salary for project managers in the U.S. is $85,000. (PMPs with certain educational backgrounds, as in IT, Health and Security and others, make more.) The only thing that you must have is a PMP certification (Project Management Professional). This proves...
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Why Celebrate Christmas?

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This is the Story of Christmas: Many years before Jesus Christ was born prophets spoke of his coming. The Old Testament is filled with promises of the “Son of God” becoming a “Son of man” and stepping down from his throne in heaven to dwell among us. About 2014 years ago that event happened. “God in the flesh” issued forth from a virgin named Mary. Once his body had grown and he became a man he proved that he was the “Messiah” by fulfilling hundreds of specific prophecies, and by healing the blind, the lame, the diseased, and raising the dead. No...
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What We Did for US Veterans in 2014

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HirePatriots is always excited to be doing the Lord's work. It is an honor to be called to serve our US veterans and their families. It was a rough ride when we first came down the mountain back to Oceanside at the beginning of this year. But we righted the ship and have been able to start several new programs that have been a big help to our beloved veterans. And we have expanded our vital One Day job board for veterans to 42 states!    We have been holding advanced transitional seminars for veterans looking for work. We have been...
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A Veteran's Christmas Carol

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        A Different Christmas Poem      The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light,       I gazed round the room and I cherished the sight.       My wife was asleep, her head on my chest,       My daughter beside me, angelic in rest.       Outside the snow fell, a blanket of white,       Transforming the yard to a winter delight.                                                                                                                   The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,       Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.     My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,       Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.       In perfect contentment, or so it...
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Young People vs. Old People

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The one great advantage that older people have over younger ones is perspective. We have already been young. As the saying goes: “Been there. Done that.”Our viewpoint gives us a certain amount of wisdom unavailable to any younger generation. However, what Youth has are passion and ideals. We both share a certain dose of both perceptivity and zeal; but, not in the same measure. Ironically, a common developmental attitude that occurs when young is that of being superior in knowledge and disdainful of parents and figures of authority. Often they have little or no regard for the labors and sacrifices of...
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Report: Best New Biz Op in America

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The Bloomberg News recently stated: “Service industries grew in September, capping the strongest quarter of expansion in more than 10 years for the biggest part of the U.S. economy... Advances in service industries account for about 90 percent of the economy.” Without a doubt, this is the best kind of business to start and one in which you will see growth and profits most quickly. America is the best place in the world to start a business. It provides a fertile field for planting and growing a company. The question new entrepreneurs must ask is: “What kind of business gives me...
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