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: April 2013

Choices.  We make them every day, some small, some huge. The small choices we make today can summersault into huge opportunities of tomorrow. Or not…

How do we make good choices?  How do balance our self-interests with serving our family, friends, workplace, neighborhood, community, Country and planet?

Kindness Matters.  So, too Recognition, Respect, Responsibility and Rewards.

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 First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md.


First Lady Michelle Obama watches Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley sign the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 during a ceremony at the State House in Annapolis, Md. Official White House photo.

State governments nationwide are working to tackle the scourge of veterans unemployment — and that now includes the state of Maryland.

Gov. Martin O’Malley recently signed into law the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013 with First Lady Michelle Obama at his side. The new state law will help veterans by requiring state licensing authorities to give credit to former service members for relevant military training, education, and experience in connection with the issuance of occupational and professional licenses, certificates, and registrations.

The new law is aimed at helping vets more quickly and easily translate their military skills in everything from truck driving to medicine into qualifications for civilian work.

“We need more hospitals and colleges and employers from every sector to recognize our veterans’ and military spouses’ unique skills and experiences, and give them a fair shot at a job.  We need every single state that has not already acted on these licensing and credentialing issues to follow Maryland’s lead and clear away every unnecessary obstacle facing our veterans and military spouses,” Mrs. Obama said. “And while these bills are a wonderful first step, we can’t rest until we’ve worked with our licensing boards, colleges, and universities to make sure these bills are fully implemented so that our veterans and military spouses get the credentials and the jobs they need.”

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A Marine combat veteran with two Iraq tours and a history of training fellow Marines in martial arts and on the firing range is leading a squad of vets in a new kind of security mission.

On the border of California and Nevada, Par Electrical Contractors is completing new transmission projects that will enable Southern California Edison to provide renewable energy in an ambitious solar projects.

In addition to all of the normal challenges to major construction, the contractors’ army of vehicles face a special threat.  The desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) is on the Endangered Species Act and considered “vulnerable” despite an average life span of 70 years. During the hottest part of the day, desert tortoises seek shade sometimes under parked vehicles.

If a moving vehicle kills one tortoise, the fine is in the thousands. If several are killed, fines can give way to job stoppage and the corporate losses can reach millions while the declining population of the reptiles falls further, the contractors said in a press release.

Par turned to M.A. Steiner Construction, a former U.S. Army Ranger’s small business.

The Steiner firm is providing Par with a unique 45 person Environmental Security Team at the Edison construction site and their mission includes protecting the tortoise population. Half of the team are veterans including women and some disabled from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and members of local National Guard units, according to the press release.

“Hiring veterans is both the right thing to do after they have served their country and the smart thing to do because they bring discipline, professionalism and reliability to their work,” said Steve Adams , West Coast vice president of Par Electric Contractors.

As for Marine veteran Bryan Marshall, the team leader whose resume includes Small Arms Weapons Instructor and Advanced Combat Skills, he has added Site Supervisor, Environmental Security Division M.A. Steiner Construction.

Together, we all can help put veterans to work.

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A group of injured veterans have proven that “once a hero, always a hero,” when they recently visited victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The vets, are amputees and spent time at four Boston hospitals meeting about a dozen people who have lost one or both legs as a result of the attack, according to a local Boston news story.

“We felt as amputees compelled to get out here,” Captain Cameron West, a Marine who lost a leg in Afghanistan, told the reporter.

The vets said the bombing victims appreciated the visit, and we at AUV say “Thanks!” to these heroes who continue to inspire!

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Words of Inspiration
April 10, 2013

When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food.”
~ Barbara Boxer

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
~Jeff Miller

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”
~ Unknown

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
~ Clara Barton

With gratitude to Stephanie for the above quotes. quotesgratitude.com/…

Words of Inspiration
April 10, 2013

When service members are discharged, we should express our gratitude for their profound personal sacrifice, not hand them a bill for their hospital food.”
~ Barbara Boxer

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
~Jeff Miller

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.”
~ Unknown

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.”
~ Clara Barton

With gratitude to Stephanie for the above quotes. quotesgratitude.com/…/

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By Betsy Browne
Upstate Central New York

April 5, 13

To Help
Veterans Help Themselves
AUV Practices
Recognition, Respect, and Responsibility & Reward

*R*E*W*A*R*D*

Reward. To bestow an honor. To care about the work or well being of another person To look back on a job well done.

As our active duty military transition from their combat zones to their homes states, AUV recognizes and respects their many contributions-offered unasked – to our freedom.

For many, this transition is difficult, painful, and without rewards for their service: a job, family and community connectivity, a new consciousness with new energy and commitments.

AUV’s proposed farmstead, a workplace for recently discharged veterans, offers the rewards of opportunity: change and renewal, and training and assistance. Vets earn paychecks for their hard work while seizing new opportunities with new rewards.

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