Blinded Veterans Find Strength Through Wounded Warrior Program

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – A lethal roadside bomb wounded Master Sergeant Jeffrey Mittman on July 7, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq. Though within 30 minutes of the attack Mittman was airlifted to a hospital in Baghdad, he sustained permanent bodily damage. When he awoke one month later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he was blinded in his left eye, his right arm was badly damaged, and he had lost his nose, lips, and most of his teeth.
After the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, tales like Mittman’s have become increasingly more common. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq created more injuries resulting in blindness than any conflict since the Civil War. Advanced medical technologies have enabled more service personnel to survive serious injuries, which in prior wars would have resulted in fatalities.
Back at home, Mittman faced many roadblocks to rehabilitation. Today, as it was back then, 70 percent of working-age people who are blind cannot find jobs.
Mittman chose to become involved in a training program with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) through the Warrior in Transition Program; in this role he supports a critical mission of employment for people with disabilities. He recently received the prestigious “Oz Day” award, presented to a federal employee or member of the military who demonstrates exceptional service in promoting employment opportunities for people who are blind or severely disabled.
“I decided long ago — I can either own [my experiences] and learn from these experiences or I can let them own me. I chose the former,” said Mittman. “I am humbled and proud to receive this honor, and I am eager to continue to be an example to our wounded warriors and other individuals with disabilities, showing them what is possible.”
Through the Wounded Warrior Program at NIB, wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts can become informed about training, job placement and career opportunities within NIB and 90 associated nonprofit agencies across the country. NIB’s mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining, and improving employment.
For more information about the Wounded Warrior Program, visit www.nib.org.

Navigating a Relationship With a Recruiter

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In a weak economy with fewer available employment opportunities, job seekers must employ advanced tactics to stand apart from their competitors. Professional third-party recruiters — sometimes called “headhunters” — can help job seekers find positions that match their skill set and circulate their resume among hiring managers.
Recruiters are experts hired by companies to identify the best candidates for available positions. Their relationship with job seekers is mutually beneficial; recruiters need job seekers to fill positions, while job seekers want access to employers. To maximize the potential of this relationship, job seekers must understand recruiters and their role in the employment process.

Navigating Your Relationship With a Recruiter

In a weak economy with fewer available employment opportunities, job seekers must employ advanced tactics to stand apart from their competitors. Professional third-party recruiters – sometimes called “headhunters” – can help job seekers find positions that match their skill set and circulate their resume among hiring managers.

Recruiters are experts hired by companies to identify the best candidates for available positions. Their relationship with job seekers is mutually beneficial; recruiters need job seekers to fill positions, while job seekers want access to employers. To maximize the potential of this relationship, job seekers must understand recruiters and their role in the employment process.

Wounded Warrior Program Aids Young Disabled Veterans

A lethal roadside bomb wounded Master Sergeant Jeffrey Mittman on July 7, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq. Though within 30 minutes of the attack Mittman was airlifted to a hospital in Baghdad, he sustained permanent bodily damage. When he awoke one month later at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., he was blinded in his left eye, his right arm was badly damaged, and he had lost his nose, lips, and most of his teeth.

Good Coffee: Goodwill

Tyler’s Coffee continues to give back with its recent partnership with Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona. Tyler’s has hired the adults with disabilities in Goodwill Business Center to attach labels to packages of Tyler’s Coffee.

Todd Waltz, safety manager of Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona states, “Our mission is to provide training, services and jobs for people with barriers to employment. Our partnership with Tyler’s Coffee is helping us do just that.”

Find a New Career Without Giving Up Your Day Job

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Unhappy at work? Many Americans stay in careers that they consider ‘just bearable’ for fear of unemployment, but doing so compromises their well-being. Life is just too short to spend eight or more hours a day in misery, and work-related stress can reduce quality-of-life.

Today’s Americans can’t exactly bank on early retirement. Employment remains uncertain in the current economy, and many companies are cutting retirement benefits. Current employees will need to stay in the workforce longer than previous generations. The wrong career choice could mean decades of unhappiness and frustration.

And while the down economy might seem to limit options, it actually expands them — there has never been a better time to pursue your passions, further your education or look for employment in a new field.

Those who are unemployed may be able to take a break from the workforce, choosing to volunteer or travel as a means of self-discovery. Americans considering a career switch might want to “try out” a job or two. For example, someone considering a new career in teaching could substitute teach a few classes or become a volunteer educator at a children’s program.

Even those who continue to support themselves can find ways to set the foundation for a career change. Online courses, for example, allow full-time workers to learn on their own schedules, and without the expense or inconvenience of commuting to campus. One accredited online university, American Public University, offers 76 degree programs and 51 certificates, including programs in business, criminal justice, sports and information technology, as well as grants to reduce textbook prices.

Panteha Vaghedi is pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Management at American Public University. “Accepting the responsibility of becoming a student — in addition to continuing as a business owner and full-time mother — is made easier in part because of the options APU offers.”

For more information, visit www.studyatapu.com.