“I always have my husband go to get gas for me… it can be a real pain going to fill up.”
The able-bodied person can go to just about any gas station in the United States and the process to fill up the tank will be the same. They simply get out of the car, truck or SUV, swipe the credit card (or go inside with cash) and in less than five minutes time they are on their way to the next destination. But what if you are in a wheelchair? That process is much different depending on where you go and whether the operating buttons are at accessible height. If the keypad isn’t at a lower height, like the one shown above, they are nearly impossible to reach from a wheelchair. A station with eight pumps may have one with a keypad at a lower height, below 54″ to meet ADA compliance standards — but that doesn’t help with getting in and out of the vehicle. Many stations have a sticker on the pump with a “call for assistance” phone number. But, they are often out of service, no one inside picks up the phone, or it goes to a toll-free 800 number that rings to a remote call center. The process can be described as something that much less than world-class customer service.Read more
Buy 1, Get 2, Donate 1 Campaign to Provide Returning Vets with Suits for Job Interviews
In an effort to help our returning heroes re-enter the civilian workforce, clothing giant Jos. A. Bank is teaming up with The Gary Sinise Foundation to provide thousands of veterans with new suits. Many of our veterans come home looking for work not owning a suit or with having a proper fitting one after years of military service overseas.
“Anything we can do for our veterans, I’m looking to support” said actor Gary Sinise in this You Tube video. “Some of our military may only have one suit that they’ve owned for 10 years. When transitioning from military service to the private sector, being able to look sharp when presenting themselves can be very important.”Read more
The theme of Operation PAVE is “Changing Lives, Building Futures One Veteran at a Time”. It is a unique public-private partnership with Paralyzed Veterans of America and the private sector to find meaningful employment for wounded veterans.
PAVE provides one-on-one vocational assistance and support to all veterans and their families, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. Working with government and business leaders throughout the country, PAVE counselors work with rehabilitation teams to help newly injured veterans get back into society.Read more