Famous Veteran: Yogi Berra

 

Yogi Berra made his MLB debut on 22 September 1946.

 

I sit and I thank the good lord I was in the Navy. We ate good, clean clothes, clean bed. You see some of these Army men, what they went through, that’s the one I felt for.

Son of Italian immigrants Pietro and Paolina Berra, Lawrence Peter Berra grew up in St. Louis in an Italian neighborhood called “The Hill.” His parents didn’t know anything about baseball, but the local American Legion league set him on a path that would take him to the Hall of Fame. It was during his years in the American Legion that he earned the nickname Yogi when his friend, Bobby Hofman, said he looked like a Hindu yogi because of the way he sat with his arms and legs crossed when waiting to bat. Continue reading

Vet, 94, recalls friend’s lifelong regret over Pearl Harbor

A photo of Bob McKenney (left), Richard Schimmel (center bottom), and two other Pearl Harbor survivors hangs in Schimmel's home office. DoD photo by Katie LangeEveryone who was of age on December 7th 1941, remembers where they were when they heard the news that Pearl Harbor had been attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy. This event,”a day that shall live in infamy” changed the course of history and the lives of millions upon millions of people.  Continue reading

Our Featured Famous Veteran – Tim Conway

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Tim Conway was an amazing comedian and Army veteran who has made millions of us laugh for years.

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Amazon Is Hiring Seasonal Work-From-Home Positions With Flexible Hours

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Looking to make a little extra money for the holiday shopping season? Amazon is hiring seasonal customer service associates to help answer customers’ questions and problem-solve any issues. Continue reading

Twice a year VetJobs co-sponsors the VeteransConnect Virtual Career

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Twice a year VetJobs co-sponsors the VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair with Professional Diversity Network. These career fairs have been extremely successful for both veterans looking for a job and for the employers looking to hire transitioning military, veterans, National Guard, Reserve and their family members. The next VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair is November 7 through November 11, but you can register early at http://www.veteransconnect.net/. There are many companies already signed up for the VeteransConnect Virtual Career Fair and will probably be over 100 by the time the event starts on November 7. To get noticed early by these companies, sign up today!
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As we go into the fall hiring is picking up and many companies are complaining about shortages of qualified candidates. Emphasis on qualified candidates! Fortunately, veterans and active members of the National Guard and Reserve bring many of the skill sets that employers are seeking.

I have covered this in the past, but it is always worth reconsidering why employers actually make a hire. There are eight main items that a recruiter has to consider when looking at a potential candidate. They are skillsets, experience, education, cultural fit, attitude, trainability, certifications and location. The two most important are attitude and cultural fit. No company wants to hire a new employee who has a bad attitude. Their attitude affects other employees. And that directly relates to cultural fit.

When you are looking at a potential employer, ask yourself if you think you can work with these people and is the company’s culture similar to your values. If they are not, reconsider whether you want to work there. Having skillsets, experience and education are very important. But if you show up with a bad attitude, you are knocking yourself out of consideration.

Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions” to see more for information on our Veterans Solutions for Employers. Please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions about hiring veterans or the incentives for doing so, contact me at  .Marich@Adeccona.com.

7 Ways To Make Your LinkedIn Profile Job Search Ready

 

LinkedIn is, unquestionably, the best networking source available to job seekers. Nearly 80% of hires last year through recruiters were done through LinkedIn. Your profile is a snapshot of you as a person and your skill sets. Continue reading

People often ask me which military support organizations I personally support

People often ask me whcich Veterean Charities I personnally suuggest

 

Freedom Alliance is a military support charitable organization that I recommend. Continue reading

The Marine Corps is testing this crazy machine gun-wielding death robot

The Marine Corps is actively testing a robotic system outfitted with sensors and cameras that can be armed with an M240 machine gun. Continue reading

Famous Veteran: Kurt Vonnegut

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One veteran name you’ll often hear among groups of writers and anyone discussing the best authors of all time is Kurt Vonnegut, the man who wrote Slaughterhouse Five.Known for his flair for satire as well as his grim and ironic humor, he has made such lists as Time’s “All-Time 100 Novels” and Modern Library’s “100 Best Novels.”

Many readers include Vonnegut among their favorites, and the people who have not read his work have likely at least heard of him or his books. Slaughterhouse Five, probably his most well-known novel, was about Vonnegut’s experience as a World War II prisoner of war (POW), so it should come as no surprise that he was indeed a veteran, and served in the army from 1943 to 1945.

His Military Years

Vonnegut enlisted in the Army after graduating from Cornell University. In 1942 he was sent to what is now Carnegie Mellon University to study engineering, and served in Europe the following year as an infantry battalion scout. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, but was taken as a POW on December 14, 1944. The influence for much of his writing, but especially Slaughterhouse Five, came from his experience as a POW, as he was in Dresden, Germany during this time and witnessed the Allied firebombing of the city. He recounts stories of having to clear out corpses from the rubble, and of the surviving populace throwing stuff at him and the others as they did so. Vonnegut survived the firebombing because he was kept in an underground meat locker at the time.

Becoming an Author

In 1952, Vonnegut published his first novel, Player Piano. In addition to Slaughterhouse Five (1969), his other notable works include Breakfast of Champions (1973), Jailbird (1979) and Deadeye Dick (1982). He soon became known for his unusual writing style of using long sentences with little punctuation, and accumulated a cult following. Today you can find an assortment of wonderful interviews with him on writing, and his “8 Basics of Creative Writing” are referenced in many creative writing classes.

Vonnegut on Life

If you aspire to be an author, Vonnegut’s life and process is an example of how to go about it. Take, for example, his work day. Vonnegut would wake up and work for three hours in the morning, and then another hour or so in the evening. He said that “Businessmen would achieve better results if they studied human metabolism. No one works well eight hours a day. No one ought to work more than four hours.” Of course, he also said that “we are here on Earth to fart around, and don’t let anybody tell you different,” so take what he had to say as you will.

Kurt Vonnegut passed away on April 11, 2007 in Manhattan, at the age of 84. Considering his level of success and long life, four-hour work days don’t seem so ridiculous

Thanks to Justin Sloan of Military.com.

Go to www.TADPGS.com, click on the “Looking for People” tab, then view “Veterans Solutions” to see more for information on our Veterans Solutions for Employers. Please join our LinkedIn group, Veterans Hiring Solutions for Veterans at http://linkd.in/Sg346w. If you have specific questions about hiring veterans or the incentives for doing so, contact me at  .Marich@Adeccona.com.

MEMORIAL DAY

 

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action. Continue reading