MobilityWorks will be on hand at the Abilities Expo in San Jose this coming Friday through Sunday at the San Jose Convention Center. Meet with our local team members to discuss your vehicle needs, talk about adaptive equipment, or just stop and say hello. While you're there, don't forget to pick up one of our free, 24-page color Product Guides. Admission is FREE! For more information, go to the San Jose Abilities Expo web page here.
Products, Services and Technologies for All Disabilities
No matter what your physical challenge, the Abilities Expo in San Jose strives to provide an array of products and services to help you meet and overcome your daily encounters. You will have the opportunity to see cutting-edge devices and equipment to determine which ones will meet your individual needs. Check out the Retail Pavilion for a variety of different products that can be purchased and taken home from the Expo.
We hope to see you there!
Admission is FREE!
2014 San Jose Abilities Expo Hours:
Friday, Nov 21
11 AM - 5 PM
Saturday, Nov 22
11AM - 5 PM
Sunday, Nov 23
11 AM - 4 PM
Bay Area Expo Address:
San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose, CA 95113
It's that time of year when everyone is offering special deals and "super blowout" sales – just in time for the Holiday buying spree. Well, we couldn't resist announcing a special offer ourselves. From now until December 1st, clients can get 0% APR financing for up to 72 months on all of 2014 BraunAbility Dodge Grand Caravans in stock. On 2014 Chrysler Town & Country vans, we can offer 1.9% APR for up to 84 months! And for 2015 model years, we can offer 2.9% APR financing for up to 84 months!
If you've been thinking about buying a mobility vehicle, or considering trading up from your current accessible van, now is the time to take advantage of these super low financing offers.
Call us now at 1-877-275-4907 to schedule a free needs analysis, trade-in value assessment, or just to look around and try out our new and used wheelchair vans for sale at 32 convenient sales and service showroom locations.
*Qualified buyers only, with approved credit.
Veterans Day Parade Includes Words of Thanks from Those Currently Serving
MobilityWorks once again participated in Tuesday's Veterans Day parade in San Jose California featuring MobilityWorks' popular Conquest wheelchair accessible motorcycle. WWII Airman Pat Parker rode along with Tony Bandermann, MobilityWorks Client Relations Manager. What made it so special was the outpouring of thanks given to Mr. Parker by the large number of young Marines that were hand also participating in the parade. One by one, each marine lined up to shake his his hand.
Tony Bandermann was thrilled to ride with the WWII veteran because this was Mr. Parker's first time appearing in a Veterans Day parade. He also has a special connection to all WWII veterans. His father was a child in Germany during the war, vividly remembering feeling liberated by Germany's defeat and by the American bombers delivering much needed food, water and toys to Germans when the fighting stopped. Read more about Tony’s father below…
Tony Bandermann's father continued from above...
During the war, he and other Germans grew skeptical and fearful of their country's goals and thus were terrified that they would win. His love for America grew as Germany was rebuilt under the Marshall Plan. He eventually emigrated from Germany to America at 19 year of age in 1954. He then served in the Navy Reserve in the 1960's, spending time at sea.
After pursuing a PhD in physics, Mr. Bandermann spent his career helping America in the Cold War as a missile defense engineer for Lockheed-Martin. He married an American woman and had three children; Tony being one of them. He is a very proud American with a thick German accent and he feels that he owes his life to WWII veterans like Mr. Parker. He is also a musician that has written several pieces that honor the U.S. military. As a church organist, he occasionally plays these at this time of year.
Thank you Airman Parker for your dedication and service to our country. Because of you we are a free country today. And thank you Tony for sharing the story of your father and his contributions in protecting the American way of life.
Today, the MobilityWorks family honors all of our brave veterans. To those who served or are currently serving in every corner of the earth, and in every military service, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Because of your courage and willingness to serve your fellow Americans, we are able to enjoy the freedoms that we now have. Free to dream of new possibilities and to hope for a better future. You are our heroes.
Origins of Veterans Day
The Great War left nine million dead and twenty-one million wounded soldiers. It would later be known as World War I. Millions more civilians died in the four-year conflict.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month, on November 11, 1918 representatives of France, Britain and Germany met to sign an armistice that ended the Great War. This was the origins of Veterans Day. One year later on November 11th in 1919, President Woodrow proclaimed the first Armistice Day with the following words:
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
In 1954, Congress officially changed the name to Veterans Day to honor all of our military veterans. At 11 AM, a wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. This tradition was started by President Warren Harding in 1921.
MobilityWorks Team Member Veterans
|Team Member||Branch of Military||City|
|Steve Riffle||Army||San Jose|
|Donald Salman||Navy||San Jose|
|Andy Kempt||Navy||Van Nuys|
|Tony Mavros||Air Force||Van Nuys|
|Andrew Felix||Army||Van Nuys|
|Steve Martin||Army||Villa Park|
|Al Ashworth||Air Force||Villa Park|
|Zakary Carothers||Army Nat'l Guard||Akron|
|Ken Kerwin||Air Force||Akron|
|David Miller||Air Force||Akron|
|Marcus Popp||Ohio Nat'l Guard||Akron|
|Rick Prew||Ohio Nat'l Guard||Akron|
|Will Myers||Army||Kansas City|
The Month of November is Nationally Recognized as National Family Caregiver Month
The Family Caregivers Alliance indicates that over 65.7 million Americans act as caregivers for loved ones who are frail, chronically ill or disabled. Caregivers provide a wide range of emotional, financial, nursing, social, housekeeping and other services on a daily or intermittent basis.
The uncompensated care that these caregivers provide equates to over $450 billion annually. In fact, approximately 80% of long-term care is provided by the family and/or friends of the individual needing the care.
Many family caregivers provide 24/7 care for loved ones who require assistance with all of their daily living activities. Others may provide care on a part-time basis. Originally proclaimed in 2010 by President Obama, National Family Caregiver Month strives to bring light to the many challenges facing caregivers and also works to thank, support, educate and celebrate these generous, loving individuals.
MobilityWorks salutes those who give of themselves daily to help others in need. Sometimes, just a little help can make a big difference in someone else's life.
-- Out thanks to the Family Caregivers Alliance for source data.