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VGP: Jobs & Biz Ops for US Veterans

We are employing veterans and putting them into business for themselves. Veterans Green Programs is the new program that our non-profit is providing for US veterans and the businesses that support them. 

To begin our Veterans Green Program we are collecting donated e-waste from companies. Companies that donate their e-waste to us are creating a job for veterans. We employ and train veterans to collect, dismantle, recycle and dispose of the e-waste properly. -- E-waste in anything that has an electric cord or that runs on electricity, from cell phones and PCs to HVAC units for buildings, plus the wiring required to connect these their power source. 

The United States is the largest creator of e-waste: many millions of tons a year. And it is predicted that as our current electrical device wear out or as they are replaced with newer technology that the e-waste we generate will increase by 500 times!

The net profits that result from the recycling of this e-waste goes to HirePatriots, the veteran employment program of Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. The purpose of is three-fold: 

One: To provide day-by-day employment for veterans to augment their incomes until they find secure, sustainable employment. 

Two: To provide full time job offerings from companies seeking to hire US veterans.

Three: To assist entrepreneurial veterans in starting a business or to strengthen to one they have already. 

When companies donate their e-waste to us they receive a certificate of donation for the value of their gift. This is valuable to businesses for several reasons:

They have a tax deductible receipt for tax purposes.

They have a competitive edge over their rivals when bidding for contracts because they have our certificate to show that a portion of their profits go to help employ US veterans and to put some into business. 

Studies show that by contributing to US veterans these companies will also decrease their employee turn over. People like working for a company that helps others. 

Contributing businesses will also see an increase in customer loyalty. People feel an emotional attachment to companies that give to good causes. 

The HirePatriots jobs program will result in increased branding through HirePatriots' One Day job community outreach.

If you are a veteran who has business experience, is in sales, drives a big truck, is interested in working in the e-waste sector, or who wants to start your own e-waste business then give us a call or email us with your contact information. 

If you are a business that wants to contribute, we are eager to be a complete solution for all your e-waste disposal needs.

Please check out -- Information about oir 501c3 non-profit, Patriotic Hearts can also be found by clicking the Non Profit Information tab at the top of our homepage. 

Mark Baird: 760-730-3734/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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 website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.


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