Matt was Navy Petty Officer. He was trained in laser technology. He was in charge of a crew that fixed everything on his ship. He got a job when he got out of the Navy, which is good because he has a wife and 4 sons. But in 2008 that company went belly up and suddenly he was unemployed. – That’s when we met him.
When Matt called us, he was hoping that we could find another full time job for him. He did not know about our One Day jobs. So we began giving Matt a few jobs at local residents’ homes as we helped him look for another position with a company.
In the meantime, Matt always showed up on time when residents hired him. He was courteous and hard working. And so he began getting referrals. Soon he was making more than $1500 a month from local, appreciative residents who admired his character and work ethic. But that just covered his families rent and utilities. Matt needed to find more work.
He did take a couple of jobs that paid $10 an hour. His take home was $1200. And then he worked nights and weekends by finding jobs on HirePatriots.com’s Local Job Board. But even then, when children got sick or their car broke down etc., they’d have to look around their belongings for something to sell.
It was a very difficult existence for Matt. He loves his wife and boys; but, he hardly ever got to see them. Yet Matt’s countenance never let on. Matt always wore a smile and had a positive attitude. No one would know how hard his life was.
This went on for 3 years. We’d find employers that were hiring for whom we knew that Matt was a perfect fit. But Matt is in his late 40’s. Many employers are looking to hire a younger man. He applied for every job he could find. He applied for several jobs as a janitor in an effort to support his family. Employers told him he was “too old” to be a janitor.
Things got quite desperate in the summer of 2010. Matt and his family were evicted from his
apartment. He diligently applied for social services to secure housing. He applied to several veteran organizations for assistance. The housing assistance he was hoping for never materialized and Matt and his family found themselves living in a campground in a tent for many, many months. — When it rained their tent collapsed. Getting his 4 children to school each day was a struggle. Matt often was without gas money or the ability to keep his cell phone going. But he never complained and got himself to the local library each day to apply for full time jobs online.
As rough as things got Matt was very lucky because patriotic residents living near San Diego post one day jobs for active duty Marines and Sailors and veterans. Matt was able to take 3-5 of these jobs each week. So each week he made a little money somehow. He had hope. He also had the admiration of many of the senior citizens he worked for. He fixed their cars and their mobile homes. He did a lot of ranch work and painting. Many of these seniors have called me to compliment Matt’s wonderful work ethic and his uncanny ability to fix something nobody else would or could. They knew they could always count on Matt.
In the Winter of 2011, Matt finally found a handyman job that pays him $18.00 an hour.
He still lives in a campground; but, soon he will catch up on his bills and get his family into
an apartment. He continues to take one day jobs from our website: HirePatriots.com.
When we suggest that you look around your home or your office and post a one day
job or a full time job on our site, we are often thinking of Matt and all the other Matt’s across
the country. They have served our country with honor. They are gifted, diligent, and hardworking. And they deserve an honorable way to support their families when the economy gets rough.
In the last 6 months, an amazing thing has happened. Over 25 veteran business owners from across the country have joined our cause. They are launching local HirePatriots.com job boards in their local areas. From Hawaii to Maine, there are local HP job boards to be found. Getting a job board going takes work. These fine veterans could use your help. Please pitch in and volunteer to help them fill up their job boards with one day and full time jobs.
The story I just told you about Matt and his family is happening all over America. We have a practical way for Americans to say “Thank You” to our active duty military families and veterans.