“Giving Back” “Building Strong Relationships”
It was a great opportunity! Talk to an Iraq veteran, now a District Manager for Home Depot about his experiences and participation in Celebration of Service 2012 (COS 2012). Frank was in Richmond, Virginia supporting the Paralyzed Veterans of America Virginia Mid-Atlantic Chapter with 65 other volunteers in orange #COS2012 (twitter hashmark) shirts. The public relations coordinator was great but when the time zone for the call became a possible issue, I suggested using 1400 Zulu and the three veterans understood: one of the simple things that tie veterans together.
|Frank Blake Jr speaking at COS in Richmond VA|
Why Home Depot for a veteran looking for a civilian career? He jumped right on that one with fervor. He said he considered other positions but they “offered me a cubicle” for years and Home Depot offered me two years of intense training, a budget to manage, inventory to account for, a team of 150 associates at a store and long work hours. After Iraq, he felt prepared with safety training; stewardship of resources; team morale responsibilities; fast paced, dynamic environment; 24/7 and much more! He felt like he had found a home.
Connecting with the veteran community was part of Home Depot’s values. He gave two specifics,
#1 – Giving Back
#2 Building Strong Relationships
Home Depot Foundation’s continued support of veteran issues and housing. Last year they committed $30 Million to nonprofit organizations supporting veteran housing needs over a three year period and they just added another $50 Million to these projects! Today the chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America will have a better facility to serve its 917 paralyzed veterans from Maryland to North Carolina. Thank you to all those COS2012 participants around the country making life better for our veterans.
Photos Courtesy of MSL Atlanta and Home Depot Foundation