America’s Veterans helped US, They deserve Our Help Now!

Please help Advantage US Vets Inc put unemployed Veterans back to Work.
 
The Roots, Sprouts & Happenings Cluster, provides Veterans will hands-on training to jumpstart their new careers or businesses.
 
Vets learn and earn, and receive meaningful benefits. They use their daily hands-on experiences to make new decisions about their lives, to grasp new opportunities.
 
The Cluster training is challenging work, but never dull.
 
The Cluster provides safe camaraderie with connectivity to neighboring communities and new friends.
 
Your contribution gives helps an unemployed Veteran hold a job to earn a paycheck.  
 
Thank you.
 
To learn more about AUV’s Cluster Training Program please visit our main web site at:
www.advantageusvets.org

Monthly Archives: November 2012


 

From: The Trustees, officers, and staff AdvantageUS Vets Inc

Date: OnGoing

Re: A WorkPlace for Veterans-Campaign HomeFront

Mission Briefing

Our Mission is to hire unemployed veterans returning to Central New York. They will farm a small Otsego farmstead and host a six-bedroom GuestLodge. They will work in community, near a rural, friendly, open village with a quiet, serene and beautiful setting. Our veterans stepped up to the responsibility of protecting our country from terrorism. They risked their lives with courage, skill, and perseverance. Their combat tours ended, they’ve lost their community – family for many –and are without structure and direction. . Now, returning home, they need new beginnings to transition to new realities.

Advantage US Vets offers a solution, opportunities with new beginnings. Our Programs are different, innovative and holistic. We have found the site for their work– natural farming, hospitality, PT, community reach outs, horses, chicken, honeybees and more. They deserve these Programs with our gratitude: they earned it.

We need your help to make them happen, to launch our Farmstead Programs. This is your opportunity to give back for the protection and security for which these guys fought. Please give generously to make The Roots and Sprouts Farm a reality for our Veterans. They have earned the opportunity for a job, to work for a paycheck. Timing is critical. A delay risks losing the property to another buyer. Our success is in your hands. Thank You.

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Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting and talking with veterans throughout the day. As they came into my place of work, I had the opportunity to thank them for their service and find out a little about them.
Some of the veterans were easy to spot, wearing hats that said “Korean War Veteran” or “Vietnam Veteran” or simply “Veteran.” These were mostly the older gentlemen. The younger veterans were harder to spot. Probably because of their short haircuts and nice manners. When asked if they were veterans, all of them smiled shyly and simply said “yes.”
In one instance I had two veterans sitting side-by-side at different tables. Neither knew the other was a veteran. They posed for a picture together. Two generations. Two different wars.
One veteran in particular had a hard time when I thanked him for his service. He paused for a long moment, took a deep breath and sighed lightly and simply said “thank you.” On his way out the door, he and his wife both talked with me. This man was a Vietnam veteran. He was of slight stature and explained that he was always very embarrassed to tell anyone he was a veteran. He was embarrassed of his service and embarrassed to admit he served in the “forgotten war.” He mentioned that when he came home from Vietnam he was spit on and called vile names. His wife told me that it was merely four years ago that he would even admit he was a veteran; that only recently have people begun to look at those who served in the Vietnam War with kindness and gratitude. His wife said it was a long time in coming, over 40 years in fact. He told me that my simple thank you for his service had touched him deeply.
I know I’ve heard these things before, whether by reading them or hearing such stories on the news, but hearing them firsthand from someone who experienced the war personally deeply affected me. I hope our country as a whole never forgets what being a veteran means or forgets to simply thank veterans for their service.

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The stresses of combat and living in a war zone are very different than the stresses most human beings experience in their daily lives. After a return from deployment many combat veterans are surprised at how difficult it may be to readjust and return to the life they once knew. After the joy of being home and spending time with loved ones subsides, many find that they have changed deeply inside and have difficulty going back to the person they once were or even simply of finding their place.
For many returning veterans, getting connected with community is an important step toward normalcy and feeling at home. Being involved in a community and community events and actions will widen the veteran’s circle of friends and neighbors and offer a sense of belonging. Being of service to others brings a certain sense of satisfaction in knowing that neighbors and friends appreciate what has been done for them.
“Community” is a concept with many different meanings. To some it may involve joining service organizations, clubs, and civic groups. Consider becoming involved in children’s’ sports as a coach or a referee. Others may find community through volunteering to make a neighborhood a better place to live. Many veterans find community with a group or organization offering spiritual enrichment, with support, encouragement and discipline. Participation with other like-minded individuals offers connectivity and resources.
Whatever the interests, opportunities to get involved are in every community. At first the veterans may have to push themselves to get started and step out of their comfort zone but it will help to make home adjustment easier and much more rewarding.

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