We lived in San Diego, next to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, across the street from a Marine Staff Sergeant, his wife and their two toddlers. He went on deployment to Iraq and received some injuries. But before he returned home, his wife was laid off from work. By the time he could come home, the family car was repossessed, and the utilities turned off.
The night he got home, he took the only action that was immediately available: He began knocking on doors and asking people if they had anything he could do for them to earn money to pay his family bills.
When he knocked on our door, we recognized him and knew about his injuries. But we did not know how desperate his family was. We were shocked and grieved.
We helped him and promised to think of something to help other Marines in his circumstance. The idea of creating a community job board for the residents to use made sense. Companies could post jobs too.
We did not have the money to build a website and job board. And so we asked God for an answer; and we were praying about this when the phone rang. It was a realtor who had a client that wanted to buy a house in our neighborhood. We saw this as God’s answer and sold our house. (We had just made the last mortgage payment.)
With this financing, we began HirePatriots.com. It was an immediate and overwhelming success. All the TV stations picked up the story. Even the U.S. President gave them award. Thousands of military, vets, their spouses, as well as residents and businesses in San Diego County use the website every month.
But when the military in San Diego transferred to other bases in the U.S., they called and asked where HirePatriots was in those areas. They still needed the extra income they earned when stationed in San Diego.
Now we have a HirePatriots websites for many regions across the USA. Our goal is to be represented in all 50 states. Please help us get it started where you live. We need to spread the word. There are thousands of local military and veterans who need this program now.
Print out some fliers HERE, and start telling ppeople this story. — Thank you!