Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Remembering The First Man On The Moon: Neil Armstrong; Employers Understand The Value of Veterans

"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."...Neil Armstrong

Like most Americans in July of 1969, I remember well when Neil Armstrong, along with Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, took off for the moon. As most Americans at the time, I also remember well when Armstrong took his first step on the moon.

Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, on August 5, 1930. In 1947, he earned his student's pilot license. Subsequently, he entered Purdue, but his studies were interrupted by the Korean War.

He served in the Navy during the war flying 78 combat missions.

He left the Navy in 1952, and returned to college. Armstrong later joined NACA (now NASA), the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. Over the next 17 years, he served as a test pilot, astronaut and administrator. During that period, he was a project pilot in high speed aircraft including the X-15. He also flew over 200 different models of aircraft.

In 1962, Armstrong was placed on full astronaut status. He later served as the commander for Gemeni 8. Gemeni 8 was launched on March 16, 1966 when Armstrong performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space.

On July 20, 1969, as Commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong became the first man to land a space craft on the moon and the first to step on the moon.

Armstrong remained at NASA until 1971. He later taught at the University of Cincinnati. After leaving the university, he served as chairman of Computing Technologies for Aviation. He also served on the Presidential Commission on the shuttle Challenger accident in 1986.

Armstrong received many awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Armstrong passed away on August 25, 2012.  He was 82. He was a genuine American hero.
(NASA, Armstrong Biography)

Employers Understand The Value of Veterans

It is estimated almost 220,00 Iraq and Afghanistan era veterans are out of work. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for veterans now stands at 10.4%. For veterans ages 18-24, the unemployment rate now stands at almost 22%.

In response, many employers are offering incentives to help veterans find a job or open their own business. And of what value can veterans be to employers?

Veterans bring many identifiable skills to the work place especially when it comes to valuable skills in technology. Veterans also understand the value of teamwork. In addition, veterans understand their role in the organization. They also serve as excellent role models to other employees.

There are also many franchises that offer special incentives and programs to help veterans start their own business. For example, Popeys, waives it $30,000.00 franchise fee and reduces the first year of its annual royalty charge from 5% to 2%.

Employers, if your budgets permit, make it a point to hire a veteran.
( and USA TODAY)


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