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Last year, a large segment of the veteran population in America was unemployed: 574,000 of the 10.2 million men and women who once served this nation found themselves without work, reported the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The transition from service to civilian life can be challenging for several reasons, such as injuries sustained on the battleground or post-traumatic stress disorder. However, for veterans who are able to work, the right combination of skills and job opportunities can help make this change much smoother. As this data from TWS shows, the demand—and pay—for skilled welders in Texas is high. Returning servicemen and...
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Greenlight, A Vet shines a light on the impact transitioning veterans make in and out of uniform in communities across the country.   BENTONVILLE, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With 250,000 members of our military transitioning back to civilian life each year, veterans are returning to schools, workplaces and neighborhoods across the country to take on important roles as neighbors, co-workers, coaches, teachers, leaders and engaged and active citizens. But their transition doesn’t end with the return home. That’s when it begins.  “Participating in a national movement, designed to recognize those who have worn our nation’s uniform as valued, contributing members of our communities, is our...
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Write a Winning Resume: Advice from a CEO

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When writing a Letter of Introduction, your resume’s Preface, or your LinkedIn Profile Summary, let your HR readers know why you stand out from all other applicants. It is not what you did in the military; it is what you learned from what you did that can be useful to the company. Definitely cite your military training and your major responsibilities and accomplishments in your profile. These are your proof. But in the Summary skip that. Let them read that after the Summary. This is not an easy thing to write. It takes some serious introspection. It may take even a few...
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Save Our US Military Marriages

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Our US military members and veterans have a significantly higher divorce rate than other Americans. Civilian marriages in the US run at a 50% divorce rate. For military couples that experience multiple deployments of a spouse to combat areas, that divorce rate rises to an astounding and tragic 90%! Add the loss of their marriages and families to the list of many sacrifices our US military and its veterans endure in their valiant efforts to secure our safety and freedom. Patriotic Hearts protects US military husbands, wives and their children. We keep our US veterans’ marriages and families together. The...
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Fixing The Retirement Gap

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 I only know one person who successfully retired without either going back to work or being strapped to their recliner because they could not afford to travel.  Of the 10,000 people who retire a day most are not prepared, do you have a retirement gap to close? You’re not alone.  None of us planned for a 2008 recession, how you can plan for something like that anyway. I guess the truth is that that if we have a gap now we are in big trouble because over the next decades of our retirement there will surely be another recession, runaway inflation,...
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Your LinkedIn Profile: Gold in the Bank

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Here is a bit of important advice: Keep your LinkedIn profile updated. I just rewrote mine and I am so embarrassed. Thousands of people have read my profile since I wrote it years ago. Sure, I have added a few more things occasionally; but I never carefully re-read what my profile was saying about me, my charity, my business and entrepreneurial efforts. So much has changed. And I am able to say what people need to read about me much better now. I cannot help but wonder how many missed opportunities I lost by having a LinkedIn profile that needed so...
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Tips for Thanking Troops on Veterans Day

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Veterans Day was inaugurated after World War I, to celebrate its ending and to honor the soldiers that fought in it.  The Armistice of that war happened on the 11th day of the 11th month at 1100 hours. Hence, we honor the sacrifices and services of all US veterans on November 11th to this day. To most, Veterans Day is a day off work and time to relax, party, watch a parade and have fun. And that is normal. It is the same with most US veterans too. It is another needed day of rest. Since America’s emergence as a major...
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Identify the victories: "At the end of each work day, I always find time to identify three things that went well that day. Once I identify them, I ask the critical question, "Why did 'x' go well?" From there I can identify behaviors and actions that can be replicated for ongoing success for my company." — Antonio Neves Update my contacts: "At the end of every day I add new contacts to my contact list, connect with them on LinkedIn and Twitter, then review my calendar and make notes for following up. Building and maintaining relationships is very important to me, so...
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The mission of Patriotic Hearts is to get US veterans and their families on their feet. This begins with having a sufficient and reliable source of income, either by having a job or starting a business. By helping veteran entrepreneurs create a successful commercial maintenance company, we accomplish both missions with one stroke. The more successful we help you become, the more US veterans you will hire.  US Military Maintenance is a business for US veterans to own. It is a straight forward proposition: We use our knowledge and resources to help veterans get their own USMM businesses up and running...
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Are you a US veteran? Do you want to own a very profitable business that employs other US veterans? Our non-profit, Patriotic Hearts, will provide you with your own US Military Maintenance company Our purpose in putting you into business is 3 fold: One: It gives a US veteran a solid, profitable business by which he can support himself and his family comfortably. Two: It creates a business that employs other US veterans and pays them well. Three: It provides a monthly source of donations to Patriotic Hearts, our US veteran non-profit.  I have built several successful commercial maintenance businesses since 1970....
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Your Job Search after 35

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Advice from a CEO You have lived long and accomplished a lot. You know that you can be an effective employee for a company if given the opportunity. You have a proven track record. And you have written a thorough list of it all. However, the purpose of a resume is not to get a job; it is to get an interview. So we do not want to give our entire work history, just highlights that will spark interest so the company will invite you in to hear more. Instead of long list of your duties and accomplishments, summarize them. The ideal...
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Work at a Winery

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Job Description:  Agriculture Assistant, Salary Range $1,666-$2,000 per month – Full Time Like to work outdoors and get your hands dirty?  Interested in learning many of the rewarding aspects in the cultivation and maintenance of a successful vineyard and winery?  Altipiano Vineyard and Winery has an exciting opportunity for a full time Agricultural Assistant to work onsite 7:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday in their beautiful location in Highland Valley located above San Pasqual Valley’s San Diego Wild Animal Park next to Escondido, CA.   We are a small boutique family owned and operated vineyard and winery.  Our vineyard was planted in June 2008 with 3600...
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There is a non-profit program for veterans that own a business and for those veterans eager to start one. It is offered by Patriotic Hearts. Their innovative business building methods have been used by hundreds of V.O.B.s and “military friendly” companies. Two US Presidents have awarded them and PEOPLE Magazine featured them as “Heroes Among Us” for their creative solutions veteran employment.   They have developed a complete marketing program for V.O.B.s. It is detailed in the book: The Patriotic Business Plan. It offers “strategies for success.” It also shows veterans how to be spokespersons on TV, radio and in the...
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A Green Beret ordered discharged after he and his team leader body-slammed an alleged Afghan child rapist is speaking out against the Army's effort to punish him, as he fights to stay in the service. "Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it," Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland said, in his first public statement on his case. The detailed written statement, requested by Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., was shared by the congressman's office with FoxNews.com. Hunter, who has advocated on Martland's behalf, intends to submit the statement to the House Armed Services Committee.  Martland's case has received...
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San Diego Police Department Testing

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We are testing at Camp Pendleton on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015 at 8 A.M.  **DEADLINE TO APPLY IS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 AT 1600 HOURS**   We advise military personnel to apply 9 months from their EAS/ETS date.  This testing process on Base will fast track candidates. We are offering the written test and pre-investigative questionnaire.  Candidates that participate in this test can have a start date for the Police Academy as early as February 2016.  We have four Police Academies a year: February, May, August, and November.  Please see attached flyers for details/instruction.   Also, here is the study guide for the applicants:...
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Avoid Reaching a New Low

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Universally, addicts and alcoholics heap upon themselves intense feelings of self-loathing, profound shame and guilt. No one feels worse about who they are or what they’ve done then the abusers themselves. It is one reason that suicide is the leading cause of death among people who abuse alcohol and drugs. When an abuser states they don’t care whether they live or die, they are usually dead serious. That’s why it only makes good sense to work side-by-side with clients, affording them unwavering acceptance and love. Encouragement and motivation are the most powerful forces for change. Strengths-based draws primarily upon the Existential...
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Free Energy For Heroes Program

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 Now you can lower your energy bills or through our professional referral program get your energy supply for free! Whether you’re a homeowner, renter or business owner utilities are one of your biggest expenses. Increasing gas and electric charges hit your budget hard every month.  I have a unique program that will not only save you money on your utilities but when you use your free customer web site to refer 15 people to the program you will receive your energy supply free. It reminds me of how Verizon grew so big with their referral Friends and Family program. It has worked...
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When I Was a Beatnik or How I Became a Poet

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When I Was a ‘Beatnik’ “How I Became a Poet” By Mark Baird In the 1950s and early 1960s the teenagers and college students that were artistic and anti-establishment were labeled as “Beatniks.” They were influenced a lot by growing up during World War II, French philosophy and music, Existentialism, jazz and poetry. Ezra Pound, Ginsburg, Camus, Sarte, and Kerouac, were some of their literary heroes. They would congregate in coffee houses, cafes, on steps of colleges, libraries, museums and on the grass in parks. Or they would find an abandoned building and meet there. A particularly common building they occupied...
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Public Speaking for Entrepreneurial Veterans

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HirePatriots is seeking for US veterans to put into business. Our purpose is to find true US veteran entrepreneurs; help them build a successful business; and then, for those owners to hire other US veterans as new accounts are acquired. – This achieves our non-profit’s mission: To get US veterans employed. These US veterans will be the face of our HirePatriots’ veteran employment program on TV, radio and in the press. They will be speaking publicly as advocates for members of our US military, its veterans and their families. They will also be speaking at clubs, groups, meetings and chambers.  This...
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The Hearing Experience

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The Hearing Experience offers the best service and technology for the hearing impaired than anyplace, anywhere else. They care for children to senior citizens like myself. They also have a great concern for US veterans. They are a family business that has been around for over 30 years.  Bradley Kelly is a service disabled US veteran Navy diver and partner in the company. He has created a program especially for US veterans with hearing problems: Hear for Vets Inc.  Of course all deep sea divers are susceptible to hearing problems, as are many other modes of service in the military. Most...
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