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What HirePatriots Does for Vets and Why

Posted by on July 5, 2011 in General

HirePatriots is actually a program of Patriotic Hearts, a tax-exempt 501(c) 3 non-profit that is supported largely by charitable contributions. It is in “good standing” with the IRS.

HirePatriots 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 need to earn some money right away to get the electric and gas turned on in my home for my family. Do you have any work that I can do for you right now around your home or yard?”

Our U.S. military, particularly the lower and mid-range enlisted and their families, often endure extreme financial stress, coupled with multiple, lengthy deployments and the rigors of military life. These conditions elevate stress. It creates marital conflicts and reduces the effectiveness of those men and women in fulfilling their responsibilities on the battlefield or in support positions. – Financial stress endangers lives.

In response to this burgeoning crisis, Patriotic Hearts has developed several programs: In recognition of the vital programs we provide, President Bush presented us with the “Congressional Medal of Merit.” And President Obama recently awarded us the “Presidents Volunteer Service Award.”

Why Services does Patriotic Hearts Provide?

HirePatriots.com: One Day Jobs/ Full Time Jobs
Vet-Entrepreneur Program
Military Job Fairs
Welcome Home Parties
Military Marriage Enrichment Retreats
PTSD Counseling
& More …

HirePatriots: This is our most popular program. It creates daily and vocational opportunities for U.S. military: Active duty, Reserves, Guard, veterans and their spouses. This is a free job board for residents and businesses to hire their local military, veterans and their spouses. We currently have HirePatriots websites in 30 areas of the U.S. This popular program is quickly spreading into every state with the collaboration of veteran owned and patriotic businesses, as well as many passionate volunteers.

The goal of the HirePatriots program is to establish HirePatriots job boards in all 50 states, and in 150 regional areas. This will enable us to assist hundreds of thousands of U.S. Military: Active duty, Reserves, Guard, veterans and their spouses, every year.

One Day Jobs: residents have HirePatriots’ One Day job board to use to hire active duty, Reserves, Guard, and veterans whenever they need help with chores or repairs around their homes or yards for a day or more. It was begun in Oceanside, CA, next to Camp Pendleton Marine Base in 2004. Its success was phenomenal. It now employs so many in San Diego County that it was given the “Visionary Award for Creating Economic Development” in that region.

HirePatriots is an entirely unique and free national outreach. It provides a One Day job board for our U.S. military, veterans and their spouses. These are jobs posted primarily by patriotic U.S. residents who want a nearby G.I. or veteran to come to their home and help them with chores.

A) These One Day jobs fill a critical need for transitioning troops and veterans. With 900,000 unemployed U.S. veterans, as of this writing, HirePatriots’ One Day jobs give patriotic U.S. residents an opportunity to pitch in and temporarily employ them until they can find full time employment.

B) HirePatriots is used and valued by every branch of the United States Military.

C) Here are a few of the thousands of comments from those who post jobs and find jobs on HirePatriots.com: http://hirepatriots.com/blog/category/testimonials/

Full Time Jobs: HirePatriots does not want to create any hindrance for companies that desire to employ U.S. veterans. Any company may post jobs and search resumes for no cost on HirePatriots.com. The ultimate goal for HirePatriots is to succeed in helping every U.S. veteran to secure sustainable, full-time employment.

A) HirePatriots has a Full-Time job board exclusively for companies desiring to hire United States veterans and their spouses.

B) HirePatriots utilizes the social networks by creating blogs for job openings and then sends the job opening throughout our extensive military following.

C) HirePatriots takes calls and emails from veterans looking for work every day. We refer them to hiring managers or residents that we know are hiring, advise them, recommend companies that are hiring, help them with their resumes, and even create blogs about them and their job search when it is needed.

Job Fairs: HirePatriots has hosted many job fairs for the U.S. military and veterans. HirePatriots always seeks to have 100+ companies with relevant job openings attend these fairs. We conscientiously look for companies that have job openings that are to relevant military experience and who have a track record of hiring veterans.
HirePatriots has a stellar reputation with businesses across America and the world. And of course, we are highly regarded by the U.S. military.

It is unfortunate that transitioning military members are notorious for not taking finding a career before leaving the military as seriously as they should. Too often they get several hours off to attend a job fair, but just stay a few minutes. — In an effort to get them to dialog with recruiters, we have volunteers escort transitioning military to appropriate booths and introduce on a first name basis to the company recruiters. We also create a relaxed atmosphere that makes people want to stay. Instead of the impersonal atmosphere of typical events like this, we try to create a comfortable, relaxed, even home-like feel. We even provide free hot chocolate, coffee, milk and warm, fresh-baked cookies.

Veteran Entrepreneur Program: HirePatriots vigorously seeks to support veterans who have chosen to start their own businesses. We believe that this is crucial to the rebuilding of the American economy and to employing more of our transitioned U.S. military.

HirePatriots has created an award winning support program for American entrepreneurs that utilizes our higher cause to increase their visibility, brand and the numbers of people who know about their products or services. Our marketing program has been acclaimed in the national media as being one of our country’s most innovative and military friendly higher cause marketing strategies. (Most recently, we were touted in G.I. Jobs.– June 2011)

1) We provide our veteran entrepreneurs with their own business’ HirePatriots blog and job board, as well as grassroots and Internet Marketing Training. This includes:

A. A Customized Web 2.0 Social Networking Blog
a. Free hosting and maintenance

B. SEO and Keyword Training
a. We teach them how to maximize their business on the search engines

C. Social Network Training
a. We show them how to bring attention to their business via our higher cause
b. We teach them how to blog
c. We teach them how to utilize Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn

D. Media Training
a. We teach our veterans how to utilize our higher cause to receive multiple invitations to be interviewed on TV, radio and in the Press.
b. We teach them how to write press releases
c. We train them how to get regular public speaking engagements
d. We teach them what to say on at media interviews and speaking appearances.

E. Grassroots Marketing Strategies
a. We teach them how to implement was done to make HirePatriots successful

F. National Registry and Banner Placement
a. They receive a full page in our National Registry of veteran-owned and patriotic businesses

G. An example of a HirePatriots marketing site: http://socal.hirepatriots.com/

Patriotic Hearts Military Family Programs: Our military’s emotional and psychological health, as well as their professionalism is largely dependent upon the health of their relationships with their immediate family members. The divorce rate has risen as high as 90% on bases with frequent combat deployments. Military wives call it “The Plague.” In an effort to create healthy military families, Patriotic Hearts has created 3 distinct but united programs:

Welcome Home Parties: Patriotic Hearts hosts all-day picnics for recently returned combat battalions. These include barbeques, games, rides, contest, clowns, personalities and live music for the entire military family. At the end of these events, the married couples are invited to attend a Patriotic Hearts marriage retreat.

Military Marriage Enrichment Retreats: Patriotic Hearts has military marriage enrichment retreats to strengthen military and veteran’s marriages. The theme of our retreats is “Love and Respect.” They are held at beautiful resorts. They last from Friday night until Sunday afternoon. We continue to follow each couple closely after the retreats. And we have had wonderful success in keeping marriages and families united.

Marital & PTSD Counseling: Beginning at our marriage retreats, we connect each couple with a trained marriage and PTSD therapist. At the end of our retreats we provide the names and contact information of our counselors to each couple. At the conclusion of our Sunday event, we present each couple with a large frame consisting of multiple photos taken of them during the retreat for them to hang on a wall in their home. Whenever there is conflict or need, they are to take the frame down and call a counselor on the back. Often the source of the conflict is rooted in traumatic experiences created during military service.

HirePatriots and our other programs have proven to be so vital and greatly appreciated by our U.S. military, veterans and their families. And so we are turning to U.S. veteran owned businesses and organizations to help us continue and to spread our services across this entire country. (We are now in 25 states. We have 25 more to go.)

In return for your support, we have created an award winning higher cause marketing strategy based on what made HirePatriots so tremendously popular. In return for helping us, we will go the extra mile and increase your brand and visits to your website.

Mark & Tori Baird

Past Chairmen: CA Economic Council
Past Secretaries: United Veteran Council

From President Bush: The Congressional Medal of Merit
From President Obama: The Call to Service Award
From San Diego: The Visionary Award for Creating Economic Development
From the Chamber of Commerce: The Extra Mile Award
From ABC TV: The Leadership Award
From U.S. Veterans & Families: Liberty
From Jesus Christ: Purpose & Eternal Life

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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 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. Find more information about our military programs at PatrioticHearts.org. And please make a contribution of any kind. Thank you.

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