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Warriors In The Workplace Partners With Cale Systems For Donation System

(Patten, ME) February 19, 2016  Warriors In The Workplace is excited to announce that they have partnered with Cale Systems to pilot an onsite donation system using Cale’s CTW Terminal at Warriors In The Workplace events during 2016.

The onsite donation terminal will be a familiar site to many, as the CTW Terminal is currently used as a replacement for traditional parking meters in many cities.   Cale’s CTW Terminal will be configured to accept both cash and credit card donations at events, creating an instant receipt of donation for people that can be used as a tax deduction.  It also offers increased security of the funds donated during events to Warriors In The Workplace.

The debut of Warriors In The Workplace donation terminal will be at the Chick Fil A at International Speedway Boulevard during the Daytona 500 weekend.  Fans who stop by Chick Fil A on their way to the track can see a former Cup car adorned with the Warriors In The Workplace badge and meet members of the Warriors In The Workplace crew.

Cale Systems has provided parking innovations for 60 years.  Cale products are well known for being secure, user-friendly, and easy to service.  Our products are also flexible and “future-proof”, meaning you can rest assured that your Cale solution will be upgradeable and have access to spare parts well into the future.   For more information about Cale and their products, please visit www.calesystems.com.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero.  As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life.   Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day.   Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans.   The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers.  To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

PAR Partners With Warriors In The Workplace to Offer Discounted Self-Directed Search® (SDS®) Program For Veterans

(MOORESVILLE, NC) February 9, 2016     Officials at Geared Marketing announced today that PAR, Inc., publisher of the Self Directed Search (SDS) assessment will partner with Warriors In The Workplace to offer a 20% discount to veterans and site users who access the SDS through the Warriors In The Workplace website. The link to the program will be available through the Resources page on the Warriors In the Workplace website and at http://tinyurl.com/zq88enk.

The SDS users answer an inventory of questions regarding their education, skills, training, likes, and dislikes through a 20-minute online assessment. The information is then analyzed, using a theory developed by John Holland, and the user receives a list of career and leisure activities that match their personality traits, which can then be used to guide them on the next step in their career path. The SDS is linked to the Occupational Information Network.

“We believe our partnership with Warriors In The Workplace will be highly beneficial to veterans reentering the workforce,” said Eric Jessen, Vice President of Marketing for PAR, Inc. “With more than 35 million worldwide users of the Self-Directed Search, there is a rich history of user success and satisfaction. Coupled with Job Interview Training with Molly Porter™, job seekers can enjoy robust tools to guide them in their job search.”

Members of the Geared Marketing staff were offered the opportunity to take the SDS assessment, and particularly striking was the breadth of employment options that that were revealed based on the results. “I can really see this as being an asset to Veterans as they look to civilian employment and trying to find where their training and skills mesh with the needs of employers. I was shocked by the list of possible job categories that came up for me, things I had never even thought of” explained Doreen Barker, Marketing Director for Geared Marketing. “I think it is hard sometimes for those conversations to take place, and with this tool Veterans will now have a better starting place to showcase how their skills overlap with the needs of civilian employers.”

The Self Directed Search (SDS), published by PAR, Inc., is designed to help clients learn about their career-related personality and education, leisure, and career options. Whether they are college students choosing a major, veterans entering the civilian market, or adults pursuing a career change, clients can use the SDS to learn more about occupations that match their interests, abilities, and personalities. This easy-to-use, comprehensive career exploration tool asks questions about the individual’s aspirations, activities, competencies, occupations, and other self-estimates. The results can then be used to help the individual find his or her occupational match. To find out more about SDS visit www.self-directed-search.com. To use the Warriors In The Workplace discount offer, please visit www.warriorsintheworkplace.org/resources or http://tinyurl.com/zq88enk.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTS, he took his own life. Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans. The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers. To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Geared Marketing is geared to help individuals and businesses promote and market themselves. They offer a unique background and perspective to those they work with. Geared Marketing is the one stop shop of all things behind the scenes when it comes to promotion, handling graphic design, website development and updates, press releases, PR, social media, photography, at track hospitality, sponsor sourcing and much more. Geared Marketing is here to rev up your image. For more information about Geared Marketing, please visit www.gearedmarketing.com.

Geared Marketing and Warriors In The Workplace Join Forces To Give Back To VETHELP

(LISLE, NY) November 5, 2015   Geared Marketing and Warriors In The Workplace are joining forces this holiday season to create a #SeasonofGiving campaign in conjunction with the national #GivingTuesday campaign, highlighting local veteran organizations that help provide critical services to our veteran community. Together they will be highlighting the work of Saratoga County’s VETHELP.

VETHELP (Veterans Housing, Employment, & Lifeskills Program) is an organization in Ballston Spa, NY that runs two transitional housing units for homeless veterans, as well as several apartment units for veterans and their families.   Residents of the program receive advocacy help through case management by trained social workers to assure that as they progress through the program the skills they are gaining through the wrap around services will transfer as they transition back to self-sufficiency. 

Geared Marketing and Warriors In The Workplace would like to help create a holiday to remember for the residents of VETHELP during our Season of Giving.   Over 200 veterans are served each year through the various programs, including The Vet House and The Guardian House.  We would like to help fill VETHELP’s wish list of pantry and cleaning items, personal care items, and more, as well as letting our Veterans know that their service is not forgotten and that we appreciate what they have done for us.  Donations can be sent to: VETHELP, 1214 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or can be coordinated through Meaghan McEntee, who can be reached at 518.885.0091.

 VETHELP is a program whose mission is to serve the needs of homeless military veterans by empowering them to embrace and maintain independent living and self-sufficiency.  This is effectively accomplished by helping veterans secure temporary and permanent housing, viable employment, and access to health care.  Assistance in addressing other life issues is provided as well.   Successfully operated since 1988, VETHELP is located in Ballston Spa, NY and serves veterans in the seven surrounding counties: Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Schenectady, Montgomery, Fulton, and Schoharie.   For more information about VETHELP and its programs or to donate directly to their program, please visit www.vethelpny.org.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero.  As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life.   Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day.   Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans.   The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers.  To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Geared Marketing is geared to help racers, teams, and organizations promote and market themselves. They offer a unique background and perspective to those they work with. Geared Marketing is the one stop shop of all things behind the scenes when it comes to promotion, handling graphic design, website development and updates, press releases, PR, social media, photography, event hospitality, sponsor sourcing and much more. Geared Marketing is here to rev up your image.  For more information about Geared Marketing, please visit www.gearedmarketing.com

 

SIMmersion Partners With Warriors In The Workplace to Offer Discounted Virtual Reality Interview Coaching For Veterans

MOORESVILLE, NC) September 21, 2015 Officials at Geared Marketing announced today that SIMmersion Inc, creators of the Job Interview Training with Molly Porter virtual reality interview coaching program will partner with Warriors In The Workplace to offer unlimited use of the innovative program at a discounted rate of $75 to veterans who use the coupon code “WARRIORS” upon purchase. A link to the program will be available through the Resources page on the Warriors In the Workplace website.

Instead of just looking over a list of possible questions, the Job Interview Training with Molly Porter program offers job seekers over a thousand questions that can be asked, which change depending on the answers provided. Molly’s personality changes each session, giving practice sessions with an interviewer that is all business, friendly, and downright difficult. An on screen coach is available during the entire interview process to offer feedback, and the users are able to track their progress. Practicing within the safety of their own home, veterans can build their confidence before the high stakes meeting with the real interviewer.

“This simulation allows veterans to get exposure to more than a thousand common interview questions in realistic simulated interviews that never play the same way twice. By learning what they may be asked, rehearsing their responses, and receiving constructive automatic coaching in a safe, private online format, veterans can build their confidence and lower their anxiety long before a real job opportunity is on the line” explains Ben Allen-Kingsland of SIMmersion.

The Job Interview Training with Molly Porter virtual reality program has been studied at Northwestern University and the results of using it have led to increased confidence and less stress during the interview process. Perhaps most impressive, those who used the program were 9 times more likely to have found employment within 6 months of program use than those who did not. Also available is a companion program, the Self-Directed Search or SDS, which lets job seekers narrow down what fields of employment will match their areas of interest. Information about the SDS is available at www.jobinterviewtraining.net, where visitors can also try out the virtual interview with Molly Porter at no cost.

“When Geared Marketing first contacted me about the SIMmersion program, I was intrigued to learn more about their Job Interview Training with Molly Porter program. After visiting their site and viewing customer testimonials, I was sold immediately” explained John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace. “Then when I saw the results they were having with the Veteran community, I was excited to hear that we were the first non-profit they had decided to work with. To be able to offer this caliber of training to Veterans at an incredibly discounted rate will help step up our efforts to better prepare transitioning Veterans.”

SIMmersion Inc’s mission is to train communication skills more effectively by combining the world’s most realistic simulated experiences with highly interactive training content and extensive user feedback. With contracts within the military, the intelligence community, and the National Institutes of Health, their training programs have been utilized with varied partners with great success. For more information about SIMmersion, please visit www.simmersion.com.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTS, he took his own life. Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans. The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers. To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Geared Marketing is geared to help individuals and businesses promote and market themselves. They offer a unique background and perspective to those they work with. Geared Marketing is the one stop shop of all things behind the scenes when it comes to promotion, handling graphic design, website development and updates, press releases, PR, social media, photography, at track hospitality, sponsor sourcing and much more. Geared Marketing is here to rev up your image. For more information about Geared Marketing, please visit www.gearedmarketing.com.

Warriors In The Workplace Chosen As Beneficiary of A3G Salute to Valor Event

(Patten, ME) September 1, 2015 Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, is excited to announce that it has been chosen as one of six veteran’s charities that will benefit from the Atlanta 3 Gun Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms event to be held November 13-15th at the South River Gun Club in Covington, GA. Registration is limited to 180 participants, and can now be accessed at www.salutetovalor.org.

The event is the brainchild of Jordan Blake, a veteran who recently separated from the service. She found herself facing the same situation that many veterans face as they return home, having a highly skilled resume that is hard to translate to a civilian hiring population. To help take her mind off the stress of her employment search, Jordan began competing in pistol competitions, which soon led to 3 Gun competitions. It was this hobby that put her in touch with Chris Palmer, Director of the Atlanta 3 Gun Club, and together they created the Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms event.

Working closely with Special Operations Care Fund, Blake and Palmer started their list with the four charities that SOC-F supports. The competition’s format would require two more organizations to support, so Blake reached out to friends to see which organizations they had worked with for suggestions.

“Warriors In The Workplace’s mission to help veterans find employment really hit close to home, as I was looking for work at the time and know first hand how frustrating it can be to have all the skills an employer is looking for, but they don’t understand what they see on our resume. The other piece that really stood out about the organization was the work they are doing to raise awareness about the number of military suicides. Both of these issues are something that we at A3G Salute to Valor feel strongly in supporting” explained Jordan Blake, cofounder of A3G Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms.

Warriors In The Workplace will join with five other charities as recipients at the November event. Also included are F7 Group: Operation Engaging Vision, Lone Survivor Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Unit Scholarship Fund, and the Shepherd Center. More information on each of the charities can be found on the event website at www.salutetovalor.org.

The A3G Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms event is a 3-Gun match that will have 180 participants who will be divided into 6 teams. Each team will be representing one of the 6 chosen charities, and competing for their charity to bring home 20% of all of the money raised by the event. The remaining proceeds will be split equally by the remaining 5 charities. The event is free for the public to come and watch, and tickets to the banquet will be on sale through the event website. There is a growing list of silent auction items, and the event is growing as planning continues.

“We are truly honored to be have been chosen among such a great group of organizations that are working to help our veterans and excited to be represented at the A3G Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms event,” said John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace. “I was honored to be introduced to Jordan through one of my closest friends that is a Marine Corps Veteran. Jordan’s exemplary military career, and service to our country even in a civilian capacity, left me wanting to know more about her and any effort she is involved with. It is a shame that someone with her credentials suffered the same fate as so many of our returning Veterans with finding employment within the civilian sector. We hope that the awareness that the A3G Salute to Valor event brings to Warriors In The Workplace helps us to prevent such occurrences for other returning Veterans.'”

The A3G Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms is a 3-Gun match designed to honor our Veterans, and to provide assistance and support the six 501(c) 3 Veterans’ charities that are working hard to bridge the gap between available federal resources and the actual needs that exist. These are community-based, privately-funded organizations which have identified those needs that aren’t being met and are working passionately and diligently to do just that. In addition to raising money, A3G Salute to Valor presented by Atlanta Arms hopes to raise awareness and increase exposure for our partner charities. This event will be unique in many ways and we are very grateful to our sponsors for their willingness to stand behind this mission. For information on registration, donations, or sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.salutetovalor.org.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life. Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans. The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers. To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

 

Warriors In The Workplace Partners With Outdoors Again

Patten, ME) July 16, 2015     Officials at Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, today announced the formation of a partnership with Outdoors Again, a solely owned subsidiary of Howe and Howe Technologies, makers of the RipChair, a completely customizable all terrain wheelchair upgrade that offers renewed accessibility to nature for the handicapped.

The creation of the RipChair was featured on the Discovery Channel’s series Black Ops Brothers: Howe and Howe Tech in 2010. The tracked chair features a gas powered motor, allowing it to accept the user’s existing wheelchair, and increasing the range and terrain that it can cover. Originally designed to allow for access to hunting and fishing spots, it also proved capable of handling hill climbing and traversing sand dunes, much the same way as traditional all-terrain vehicles do. Since the prototype creation, the RipChair 3.0 has been refined to offer more options to increase functionality, which now include a snow plow and mowing deck.

“We are honored to be working with Outdoors Again and to showcase their efforts, along with those of Howe and Howe Technologies, on behalf of our wounded veterans. What they have done with the RipChair 3.0 is more than just create a great piece of technology, they have opened up the world beyond the pavement and sidewalks to those who are wheelchair bound and given them back a sense of freedom that those of us who are able bodied take for granted,” explained John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace. “We will be showcasing the RipChair at our events, beginning with the NASCAR race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 17-19. The RipChair 2.0 will be on display in the Fan Zone along with the Victory Weekend show car.”

Outdoors Again is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides outdoor activities and experiences for paralyzed individuals. The vision of Outdoors Again is to provide an all-inclusive park with full service accommodations catering to the needs of its guests and their families. Offering hiking trails, fishing ponds, kayaking, golfing, and a variety of other outdoor activities, Outdoors Again will be the world’s first outdoor recreation park designed for disabled individuals. The park aims to offer full lodging for the whole family as well as full physical therapy and health facilities. Ultimately, Outdoors Again will be creating an experience unmatched anywhere in the world in order to bring families together and allow everyone a chance to enjoy nature as God created it. For more information about Outdoors Again, or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit www.outdoorsagain.org.

Since its creation, Howe and Howe Technologies Inc. has become a world leader in extreme vehicle fabrication and one of the foremost creators of advanced robotic platform solutions and applications. With a reputation for innovation, efficiency, and outstanding ethics, Howe and Howe Technologies continues to exceed expectations and impress industry and clients alike, from the US Government to National utility companies to Hollywood movie makers. It is the ability to approach a problem uniquely, and overcome any obstacle or challenge that a project presents that has allowed Howe and Howe to show, time and again, that sharp minds with the right motivation can change the world. For more information on Howe and Howe Technologies and the RipChair 3.0, please visit their website at www.howeandhowe.com.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life. Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans. The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers. To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Warriors In The Workplace Partners With The Hybrid Haven

Warriors In The Workplace Partners With The Hybrid Haven  

(Patten, ME) November 5, 2014   Officials at The Hybrid Haven and Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit public charity, today announced the formation of a partnership to provide the highly respected and growing franchise with job listings on the organization’s website.   The goal of both organizations is to offer fulfilling career opportunities to veterans of the US Military.

“I have the utmost respect for the men and women who have worn our military’s uniform on our behalf, and I feel that if there is some way that I can help them as they return from service, then it is my honor to do so.   These folks have the training and abilities that The Hybrid Haven family needs as we expand our business across the country” explained The Hybrid Haven’s founder Ed Rueda.

Based in California, the Hybrid Haven is the first fully Toyota certified maintenance and repair facility for all brands of hybrid and electric vehicles, that also offers services for conventional vehicles.  The Hybrid Haven offers its customers a savings over dealership services ranging from 50-70%.    For more information on locations and services offered at The Hybrid Haven, please visit www.thehybridhaven.com.

“Warriors In The Workplace is very excited to partner up with Ed Rueda and The Hybrid Haven.   We have some of the best trained men and women available in the military, and this is going to be a great opportunity for them, not only for employment but to get in to a company just as it begins to expand across the country and help it grow.  The men and women who join the Hybrid Haven family will become part of the foundation of a quality chain of a new type of vehicle maintenance facilities.  It is an amazing opportunity” declared John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, was created to honor the memory of a local hero.  As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan and had been awarded a purple heart. Facing a staggering unemployment rate and suffering from PTSD, he took his own life.   Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day.   Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created in the wake of his loss to help our returning veterans.   The initiative is specifically geared toward the men and women of the U.S. Military, to offer them employment opportunities based upon skills they have acquired and perfected throughout their military careers.  To learn more about this organization, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director, at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Maine Based AMP Fins, LLC Offers A Little Bit of Freedom to Amputees

By Maggie Hlywa-January 5, 2014     When John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace, first told me about the small company in Maine that was poised to become a world leader in swim fins for amputees, I was excited about the possibilities. One of the missions of Warriors In The Workplace is to help restore hope to our returning veterans and to lower the incidence of suicide, which today hovers around 22 per day. AMP Fins, LLC offers an experience for wounded veterans, and any leg amputee, to again experience the freedom of movement they felt in the water prior to their injury.

One of the first things that Randy Lord of AMP Fins LLC said to me when we spoke was “How many amputees have you seen at the beach?” As I stammered out a very unintelligent “Umm”, he answered for me, “Probably never”. This caught me off guard. As someone who takes solace from being near water, just the idea of not being able to escape to the beach or to listen to the flow of water to calm my mind brought on stress. The freedom to return to the water that AMP Fin offers amputees will work to bring a sense of normalcy and fun back to summer vacations, workouts, and adventures.

Randy and Lori Lord began their mission to create a swim fin for amputees with the simple idea of allowing Randy to experience swimming with the family after losing his leg below the knee in a work related accident. They began looking at options that used existing prosthetics and tried to fit the fin to that, but found that these were cumbersome and often left Randy, and many like him, unable to comfortably wear his prosthetic after a swim.

“We had to overcome a lot of obstacles in our design, one of the biggest being that there could be no chaffing happening while wearing the fin. Any chaffing leads to real discomfort when you put your prosthetic limb back on, and we certainly did not want to hinder the ability to get around after a swim by using our fin” explained Randy. Lori and Randy created a list of requirements that they needed to meet for their design, and “We have met every one with this design. Our swimmers can wear them all day long and take it off and be better for it”.

The two hit upon the idea of creating a swim fin that would instead fit directly onto the amputated limb. Together, Randy and Lori turned their kitchen into a makeshift chemistry lab, creating and testing the first few formulations and designs of the fins. Once they hit upon what they felt would best lead them to success, they moved the operation out of the house and into a lab that could work to custom fit each wearer. G+G Products, LLC of Kennebunk, Maine has been instrumental in the creation of the prototype molds. Together with the Lords, they are planning on increasing the sizes available to include sizes for children through adults. The Lord’s design is patent pending in the US and in other countries.

Amazingly, the design that the two created has implications far beyond what they first envisioned. It turns out, that in swimming the ankle is the “weak point” of one’s kick. According to Lord, on the backstroke of the kick an able bodied swimmer loses 80% of his or her power because the ankle cannot handle the strain of remaining straight. Without an ankle, and attached directly to the amputated limb, the AMP Fin wearer produces 100% power in both directions of the kick, propelling them with a greater speed and efficiency than able bodied swimmers.

“Finally, amputees will be able to say that they can do something better than people with legs” exclaimed Lord “They (able bodied swimmers) will have to try and keep up”.

The Lords brought their invention to Cory LaPlante, a certified Prosthetist at Northern Prosthetics & Orthotics who is himself an above knee amputee. LaPlante reported that within 30 seconds of wearing the AMP Fin in the pool he had totally forgotten that he was an amputee. Not only that, he felt muscles working that he hadn’t in years, opening the door for the fin’s use as a means of physical therapy.

On January 11th, Cory LaPlante and 8 patient volunteers will be participating in a public test trial of the patent pending AMP Fin at the University of Presque Isle between 12 and 2 pm. Each participant has been specially fitted with a glove like shell of their amputated limb which has then been glued into the fin and covered with a neoprene sleeve. Already on the guest list are Maine’s Senator Susan Collins, and representatives from Shriner’s, the Veteran’s Administration, and Warriors In The Workplace, as well as representatives from other state organizations. The public is welcome to attend to see the new design and to ask questions of the inventors and the test participants. The all Maine business plans to have fins available for the public in Spring of 2015, in time for swim season.

It is amazing that what started out as a quest for freedom to get back into the water has blossomed into so much more. The physical therapy aspect is an important addition to the mission to AMP Fin, but so is the idea of helping our veterans deal with the trauma’s they have suffered. The ability to again enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, a wave pool, or just playing in the water is not to be underestimated in its ability to offer emotional healing. I left the conversation in awe of the spirit of Randy and Lori Lord and all that they have accomplished, and hopeful for all the people who are waiting for their moment on the beach. For more information about AMP Fins, LLC please visit www.ampfins.com or email Randy and Lori with questions or to schedule a fitting at ampfins@yahoo.com.

Warriors In The Workplace 2012 Creation Honors Memory of Lost Hero

(Patten, ME) October 9, 2013 The group sat at a table, discussing the loss of one of their friends. A young man who was a hometown hero, an inspiration to the youth of the community, a decorated soldier. As a Marine, he had survived 2 tours of Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He had been awarded a purple heart. After returning from his tours of duty, life should have been about moving on. Like many of our returning veterans, the job prospects were not good, with a staggering unemployment rate. Coupled with PTSD, it became more than he could handle, and he took his own life.

Similar tragedies play out daily, with an average of 22 military suicides per day. The group began to brainstorm. Could the outcome have been different if he had found employment? With so much focus on honoring the memories of our lost heroes, what can be done to help and honor those who return?

An idea came out of that memorial. What if an organization could be created that would connect veteran friendly companies with highly skilled veteran employees? Warriors In The Workplace is the organization that was created to honor the loss of a military hero and to help our returning veterans.

Warriors In The Workplace, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit public charity, endeavors to put employers in contact with qualified veterans. Using a job board format, the website, www.warriorsintheworkplace.org, allows veterans, and their spouses, to register for free to search available jobs and create an online resume to add to an employer searchable database.

When asked to briefly describe Warriors In The Workplace, John Birmingham, Executive Director, replied “As we approach the first year anniversary of the formation of Warriors In The Workplace, it is amazing to see the growth that we have undergone. Our goal with this program is to help put our valuable veterans and their spouses back to work. We are adding jobs throughout the country and growing the number of industries that are listing available opportunities. Companies who hire our veterans are getting employees with world class training, and there are some very lucrative tax benefits as well. This can be a win-win situation for everyone involved”.

Interested in helping honor the memory of a lost hero and helping Warriors In The Workplace place veterans in touch with veteran friendly employers? Please visit the new GoFundMe sit set up for Warriors In The Workplace at www.gofundme.com/4oqf10 to make a donation.

The mission of Warriors In The Workplace is to help restore, empower, and renew hope for our U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses as they look to transition from a military career to a rewarding and sustaining career within the civilian sector, based upon the skills they have learned and perfect3ed throughout their tenure in the military. To find out more about this program, please contact John Birmingham, Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace, by phone at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Non-profit Veterans Job Initiative Announced

Warriors In The Workplace, A Non Profit Veterans Hiring Initiative, Announced Today at the 2012 Annual NAPT Summit in Memphis, TN

(Patten, ME) October 23, 2012 This morning, John Birmingham, President and Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace, addressed the general assembly at the 2012 Annual NAPT Summit to announce the program. Birmingham was joined on stage by Kelley Platt, of Thomas Built Buses, to introduce the new initiative and address the need for such a program.

In a time where the unemployment rate of Gulf War II era veterans is well over the national levels, a select few came together to create the Warriors In The Workplace nonprofit to try and address the situation. Members of the NSTA (National School Transportation Association), transportation industry, and military envisioned a program that would enable veterans to put their hard earned skills to work in the civil sector. Using the tagline “Who better to protect our nation’s most precious cargo?”, the Warriors In The Workplace initiative will begin its mission within the school bus industry.

Warriors In The Workplace endeavors to put employers in contact with qualified veterans, in positions such as diesel mechanics, bus drivers, manufacturing, health and safety, and routing. Corporate sponsors will be able to list their open positions at the group’s website, www.warriorsintheworkplace.org, and will have their contribution recognized at various trade shows and hiring events that Warriors In The Workplace attends. Veterans will be able to search available jobs and create an online resume to add to an employer searchable database.

When asked to briefly describe Warriors In The Workplace, John Birmingham, President and Executive Director, replied “Growing up in a military family and having served for 7 years myself, I wanted to use my experience helping to honor fallen heroes to help those who were returning from service only to face staggering unemployment rates. Our goal with this program is to help put our valuable veterans back to work in the civilian sector. Those who hire our veterans are getting employees with world class training, and they are able to make use of some very lucrative tax benefits as well. This can be a win win situation for everyone involved, and I am very proud to be a part of Warriors In The Workplace”.

“ I would like to thank the NAPT for allowing us to make our announcement on such a grand scale and for donating booth space at the Annual Summit. I would also like to thank Thomas Built Buses for donating booth space to allow us to showcase our program. For both organizations to stand behind our program is quite an honor” added Birmingham.

The mission of Warriors In The Workplace is to help restore, empower, and renew hope for our U.S. Military Veterans and wounded warriors as they look to transition from a military career to a rewarding and sustaining career within the civilian sector, based upon the skills they have learned and perfected throughout their tenure in the military.

To find out more about this program, please contact John Birmingham, President and Executive Director of Warriors In The Workplace, by phone at 207.694.1808 or by email at jbirmingham@warriorsintheworkplace.org.

Maggie Hlywa
Public Relations
mhlywa@gmail.com
704.237.0846