New Company Launches Jobs Program for Wounded, Amputee, or Homeless Veterans
Obama’s Veterans Organizing For America
Former Homeless Veteran Launches New Jobs Program For Veterans
Chicago, IL – April 15, 2009 — Virgil Mathis announced today the creation of a jobs program for amputee, homeless and severely wounded veterans. The company plans to market television and various ancillary telephone equipment and drive the incoming phone leads to disabled vets in their own homes or shelters. The program is designed to provide access to employment for the many severely disabled veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The job requirement is only to answer the phone and log the order. The task requires almost no physical strength or mobility and will provide an income for those who might otherwise be unable to work.
“I want the Government, Veterans News Papers, Department of Labor, Politicians, News media and other human services locations to get the Message that it is time to take Action for the over 400,000 Homeless USA Veterans who wont stand A chance with the increase of jobless regular people in the Job Market”, said Mathis.
With a Patriot Express Pilot Loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Mathis hopes to begin his marketing campaign as soon as possible. Mathis plan is to run a commercial, featuring disabled vets from the Vaughan Vets Team-a group that participated in the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games. These men and women will be hired by Mathis as telemarketers, selling the T.V. stand along with a compilation c.d. containing a variety of patriotic songs, including one written by Mathis called “God Bless America: Thanksgiving Prayer.”
Mathis said, “I seek to help revitalize Homeless Veterans and get them in uniforms where they can look and feel like a human being, where they can enroll in a 10 week business plan boot camp, where we march or bus Selected Homeless Veterans to programs that may soon allow these veterans to become entrepreneurs and inventors with my special efforts in Chicago”.
Born in Chicago on the fourth of July, Virgil Mathis is a self-proclaimed patriot who is committed to enhancing the lives of veterans across the country, spanning generations. Since his efforts as a Communication Technician during the Vietnam War, Mathis has struggled to access the resources he has been promised by the government. As the War in Iraq and Afghanistan continues, and the number of veterans in the United States increases, his concern remains more for others than for himself.
Combining his knowledge of electronics with his concern for homeless and disabled vets, Mathis created a versatile T.V. stand called the “Ele-Vision,” which can be adjusted with a remote control. This, he claims, will help veterans with disabilities comfortably watch Television, regardless of their mobility. “Its adjustable,” said Mathis, “for any position a person would want.”
Mathis intends to sell the patriotically designed “Ele-Vision” through a call center. He is also trying to make arrangements to sell the product in several stores including: Sears, Circuit City , Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target. The revenue generated by these sales will be distributed as commission to the veterans on staff. According to Mathis, “Every time one’s sold, it helps those people who can’t help themselves.”
In a world that is increasingly dependent on technology, Virgil Mathis believes that everyone should have an equal opportunity to adapt. For a person living with a disability, even something as relaxing as watching T.V. can be a daunting task. Despite his personal tribulations, Mathis has taken it upon himself to create a mechanism that, he hopes, will help people access the technology to which they have a right.
When asked what inspired the idea of the “Ele-Vision,” Mathis described a visit he made to a VA hospital years ago. It was there, he said, seeing the struggle of young men and women living with disabilities, that he realized, “I got something I can give to veterans for their service.” Mathis has a skill, and he plans on using it to make a difference. “That’s one of the things I really have in my mind to do,” he said. “And I believe I’m gonna do it.”
For more information contact: Virgil Mathis, 321.492.9090 [email protected], www.nlcn.org