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Remember talking about too many bouncing off that -- a few times before we finally crested and hold it and that's really what we've done all week long we've counts against it.
You really we had that one day ago on Wednesday when you're down 72 points that we needed -- really flat.
Or slightly higher you know -- -- yesterday bouncing back and -- today adding so we basically made up for the losses we entitlements one.
-- at looking at the chart of the Dow -- intraday chart of the Dow there is that dipped early this morning around 10:30.
This morning where I've pitched.
Downgraded Greece's debt to triple B minus and we thought a big pullback in the markets -- we've -- those earlier.
Losses legacy -- generally negative but we did go backed up by just about five or ten point so we're back now fifty points positive endowed.
Earnings came up next -- -- can be cool could be a catalyst to continue the rally or perhaps one that would end it.
Yet thanks to by the way.
Alcoa -- -- you why why we have to kick off earnings without cola.
They never didn't finish like that kick off it's just very they're typically need big loans is the first large.
I didn't think that it's unofficially kick off Nestle will blatantly a lot of companies report before but that's the big tell on it that's sort of atone for earning let's start with somebody else I mean honestly do because and it's -- -- and members of deposits only was it the way for somebody else to come in and do it.
But the Monday it starts the Monday starts in the -- from there and of course the big question -- I'm watching some of the consumer stocks to see.
What indication they're getting as far as the performance of the consumer way out of spending -- and you like we saw from the retailers yesterday all day long.
Big surprises to the outside people are apparently going out and spending money.
I knew that you made the point that perhaps are seeing retail sales pick up -- from the standpoint that those that hung on to their jobs during a recession or have work right now.
Are the ones that are you know a little bit more positive right now going -- spending whereas those that are still out of work.
Might still be holding back but if you have a job -- -- now going out buying those things that -- held off on so we have Alcoa on Monday by the way.
I Charles Schwab Wednesday just to give you an idea Thursday and.
He hit it in the year ended banks and and of financials the following -- I like that a lot more than Alcoa.
You'll be the one to start things off but it's very important I mean got to see top line growth that's the one thing bottom line growth.
-- -- -- to -- to these things at the bottom line growth is probably.
Probably squeeze as much as we're gonna squeeze that some of these corporations to their bottom line is gonna search drinking a little bit if the top line growth doesn't come along with a now we've got to see that.
Top line this time around -- that's going to be a major share mean I was a major theme in the last earnings season was.
I like hey you've eliminated workers and cut costs you your inventories -- that's helped out your bottom line but is that true growth as far as profit is concerned so.
Hopefully we've got to get another look at that and these earnings as well it's.
All about the military military spending our war effort is well small business veterans coming back.
We're talking about the war and how it relates to our economy.
During this upcoming hours -- don't want in this state -- Smaller ports -- Iraq and Afghanistan have slept through that daily headlines America is still engaged in civil war is president Obama's 2011 defense budget tops.
700 billion dollars us of -- 2.3 million Americans.
Serving in the military in -- billions in contracts awarded to private companies that support the war effort.
We begin today with one of those companies -- -- and CEO I -- -- joins us now from Boston com welcome to the show.
Thank you can't hear a lot of -- realize necessarily that okay iRobot.
You guys that are the makers of the -- rumba vacuum.
But you also made robots that are used in the military to what extent are you robots use.
Well -- -- shipped over 3000 robots over to Iraq and Afghanistan for you thin.
Helping the -- deal with threats like the roadside bombs that that you hear about the -- that are being used against our our soldiers.
There's thousands of these caves -- the Taliban.
Or hiding or are their cash and weapons and and the robots are used to be able to go in advance in in advance of the Folgers had.
Figure out what's going on.
So would you say at this point Colin that this is made a drastic change in the way our military operates and the way it that these robots are helping them.
Over the last five years there's been a huge change in how.
Our soldiers dealt with.
Improvised explosive devices -- these roadside bombs.
On back it back only a few years ago the DE OD teams would approach these these potential bombs.
On themselves wearing some kind of of body armor which gave some protection but certainly left them exposed if that bomb -- to go out.
Today they're all equipped with robots -- first the robot goes up to the bomb and figures out whether active whether it really is a bomb and and what can be done about it.
And then can come back -- and try to figure out how to render that bomb faith.
Without our soldiers ever having to expose themselves to enemy fire into the -- a huge benefit for the folders.
Colin how -- -- this technology curve small arms fire tanks.
They really haven't changed that much in recent years -- how much has the robot from iRobot changed even in the last five years.
Well the challenge is trying to create something that is rugged enough and capable enough.
To go into these.
Situation where lives are on the line if there -- about where to go out trying to defuse that bomb and break.
Someone would have to go get it and defuse the bomb that would make the -- that would put more people at risk so.
Really trying to figure out how to make the things rugged and robust enough.
And then as they get used the soldiers come up with more and more applications for them so the big first.
Was that the roadside bombs but we've also use them at military checkpoint to go.
Ensure that in approaching vehicle is not carrying.
-- the explosives were -- using them.
When a soldier when a -- -- a squad is tasked with the mission going into a building.
I'm trying to give the soldiers.
A better option than throwing in -- hand grenade or throwing the -- -- in the room.
Send a robot in first so that the applications that of these robots now that we have reliable.
Practical very very mobile robots these things can be thrown out of second Storey building from climbs stairs they're they're incredibly rugged.
Now that the that we have them in theater quantity more more applications are being.
Colin what about that cost of these robots it gives an idea of war I mean we we we've been seeing some pictures that some of the robots underneath the vehicles.
How the city's cost.
They're in the -- 10250000.
Dollar range of smaller things that we found beneath the car that check under -- for bonds lap.
Yes yes there.
Incredibly rugged they have.
Powerful computers on board very very sophisticated sensors their their water proof there.
I can take a tremendous beating they're far less expensive than.
The aerial robots that you hear about for the underwater robots or even.
A little missile and yet these little guys can save lives they've -- They've been credited with saving hundreds and hundreds of lives of soldiers today -- if -- Fantastic value for four what they deliver.
Colin how much competition do you have in this space and what is the process the bidding process I'll with the Pentagon life.
Well it is very competitive there is a few other companies that do make these were these robots what we.
Often end up doing is -- -- it is a basically head to head test where they've created an environment which is very very challenging.
Where you want to identify things you want to be able to traverse obstacles go through water traps and things like that and -- show up.
Bring what you got hand me the best robot wins and the criteria.
On determine the winner so -- -- highly competitive.
But dad then obviously there's been spasms spending cuts in the military what -- is -- what are your contracts.
With the government looked like lately have they been stable.
They you know we've provided guidance for the year showing that we believe that our.
Military revenues and increased fifteen to 20% so -- Wi -- a lot of stability.
We've won some -- -- large programs and the need from the field for our robot.
Continues to increase number this is all new technology and it's very cost effective.
Compared to sending more -- over there or -- or sending more tanks.
And the benefit back to the Pentagon is -- better information.
Saving lives so this is a a great technology.
Which is both cost effective.
And can increase.
The productivity -- the the effectiveness of the squads that used.
The robot so -- a a net.
-- -- wind farm for everyone so we've had a continued strong demand for -- What was a five of the -- -- contract you had that the government.
We have a number of of contract there's no there's no one Cingular contract that says that four.
Robot but you know our typical.
Bulk purchase contracts are in the 1710.
To seventeen -- -- million dollar range can.
Colin and real quickly -- you introduce the pack but in 2000 still obviously or oftentimes there -- war.
All you content not technology advances significantly.
In civilian life how humility use the technology you associate with the pack but.
For other industries that you support.
Well we're really focused on the military right now and in improving the -- -- -- guest.
Gone into low rate initial production live.
Our second generation robot the -- but -- the fifty to sixty pound robot.
When there are doing dismounted missions.
Find carrying that robot in addition to all the other gear that they need to carry.
A real challenge so we've been focused on a twenty to thirty pound robot the FUGB.
And that's starting to get into theater and the folders are are really appreciative.
To having all the capabilities of the of the larger robot.
In a much later.
And well integrated.
And then we've been able to add more -- thing and better communications onto that platform as well so.
We continue to innovate and and take advantage of all the advances in the consumer electronic industry.
Reduced into the to practice run a military -- device to make -- -- life easier.
As you -- the clock forward I think these.
These robots will find their way into.
State and local police and fire department who all our our our faith very very challenging -- jobs.
I call we've got to leave it there real quick how is your I your run by that that those small little.
On -- on a consumer level -- that -- Well we just have to milestone we have over five million of those robots out there cleaning people's homes so.
Really we really feel like robots are are make -- an impact and the next week is national robot we now my name is a lot of them.
All right activities going on there too.
I Colin Angle CEO of iRobot thank you very much for -- Before we move on is very well that is real -- you know it this is Spanish for robot tell me build robots.
Okay nice you know -- -- at them one increasing number of Department of Defense contracts are going to small businesses brought in by those who had served.
Linda Oliver is the acting director of the office of small business programs -- the US Department of Defense.
She joins us now from Washington DC -- -- so much for joining us this afternoon.
Thank you haven't so good news is that more and more of these contracts are going to are -- parents.
Yes that's true.
Mainly at -- has been -- go ahead.
There has been a twenty fold increase.
In the last eight years.
Of our prime contacting.
With service disabled veteran owned small businesses.
What areas are you seeing the most growth is what kind of businesses.
Are they start -- -- -- Computer technology.
Business as particularly.
Computer repair kinds of things and construction contract.
Now both that it's partly because.
Neither of those require tremendous amounts of capital.
To get started and probably has to do with what skills they have.
Linda this seems like a very daunting task to be the director of all the small business programs for the Department of Defense to how many small businesses and -- -- you work with.
-- My office actually does not normally work with the small work directly with small businesses.
Across the department to fans for our our about.
500 people who are small business program -- program managers.
They are wherever the buying activity far.
And they are the ones who work directly with small businesses.
They now want that their thereby commands by.
And they know.
I try to find small businesses that can.
Produce the things that the -- would like to have.
In a greenhouse do you have any feedback as far as the six -- that these veterans are having with these small businesses I mean what's the what's the -- that you're seeing on the.
And and they -- you.
I alluded to a little earlier that we have haven't -- twenty fold increase.
-- -- The prime contrasting with the service disabled veteran owned small businesses.
Four point three billion dollars which is a huge amount of money.
Congress has given us -- 3% goal for service disabled veteran owned small business as we -- about halfway there.
Time to belt out.
Thank you Linda.
You're welcome Lynn Oliver acting director of the office of small business programs at the US Department of Defense are we come back serve -- -- serve your country and go to college for free.
We're talking about.
What the GI bill means in the struggling economy could idle for six -- like they did for friends with the girl six years six years five and a half.
I welcome back we're talking about war overseas and the soldiers at -- this hour it's been.
A promise between the military and students for decades so how -- the recession affected the GI bill Brian Hawthorne is though.
Legislative director for the student veterans of America joins us right now hi Brian.
I have -- Chris -- then -- the GI bill has been around for awhile I remember when I was in college town hasn't changed over the years.
Well it's changed a lot since it was originally put together -- World War II but.
The recent GI bill that post 9/11 GI bill which started.
Last August 1.
I as much moral akin to the original GI bill you're gonna go to college.
Public school you're gonna get a free undergraduate degree and get a housing allowance and you're gonna get books like -- and you can also transfer to your families.
You -- a big question right now because it's almost like an undergraduate degrees now like gay high school degree and everybody's good at getting their postgraduate degrees did this also help you out with that.
It certainly does now that GI bill will pay up to the most expensive public school in your state.
At the undergraduate race.
But you can implied that rate per credit to any academic program towards an accredited degrees so back -- be a master's degree.
A law degree a medical degree.
And apply what are the stipulations in terms of active service of media have to serve over a certain amount of time to receive any of the benefits some of the benefits.
That's correct so.
You're -- -- on a sliding scale.
And -- a 100% mark is 36 months of active service and since 9/11.
And then back from there for your -- and reservists who go on deployments than they are rated at a lesser rate up to that.
Point you know Brian I gotta tell you that I have my father is a Vietnam War veteran.
And he is now 66 years old -- probably smack me for saying that but he is currently.
I'm going to college.
All on all on this and it makes you wonder -- -- there are a lot of veterans that take advantage of this later on in life and he decided to go back much much later in life.
You have to do this right away.
When you come home from the war -- when you when you retire.
That's correct and it's important to note that the new GI bill -- -- -- -- GI bill offers a fifteen year.
Time period to be able to use this benefit you after your discharge and the Montgomery GI bill.
I'll only had a ten year mark and that was something that was raised when they were trapped in this legislation.
That veterans wanted more time to be able to come back re adjust from their appointment.
And it takes some time with their families and be able to go to school at their own pace and this GI bill makes that happen very very well -- What do you see it in terms of numbers -- our young men and women wanting to participate -- moral or is it less.
I think it's going to be more -- more this first year with the new GI bill and we've already seen 240000.
Service members just on this new benefit since September 1.
And so that's about the population -- Buffalo, New York.
And then we're looking at about two point 68.
Billion dollars have already been paid out to both veterans and their academic institutions.
Which may sound like a lot.
But it's actually only about two weeks of what it costs and maintain our operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I know you you had some is -- situations.
Students -- a hard time receiving payments for tuitions.
For tuition at.
As you grow the program you've really got to make sure you -- the the back office staff and the systems along with it right.
That's correct and that left last fall was a difficult time for the department of veterans affairs and we worked very closely.
With them to make sure that the veterans who had applied for this benefit.
Got their money and when we noticed that system was a little bit slower than what they were expecting remember this is for housing benefit would you use that many veterans left their jobs to go to school so if they're not receiving their VA benefits.
They made up you'll pay their rent.
So we worked very closely with them and they instituted in advance payment program.
And caught up the slack and -- and they're now saying there at 99%.
Of the claims have been filed have been paid to the veterans.
In -- instances -- a better and actually not.
Be able to receive us.
Well if you have not served since 9/11 or you've only done guard or reserve time then you are not accruing benefits for this bill.
And there are also some technicalities with in the bill that may prohibit you from using it.
For example national Guardsmen who responded.
Under state activation for Hurricane Katrina.
Or after 9/11 for example would not be able to use that time towards.
This benefit and we're working with congress to correct that.
Brian you certainly are an expert on this whole process because you are currently going through this process essentially.
-- you actually served in Baghdad thank you for serving as a part of the surge now you're back going to school -- GW.
Humble and did you know you wanted to do this before you and listen in terms of going to the GI bill.
Well I always knew that as you said before in the lead out that you serve your country and you can use that educational benefit and that's very appealing.
And I think we're still going to see an upsurge in -- -- or in commissioning for.
This benefit -- especially in a tough economy education is a great way to not only improve.
-- or economic standing but in this particular case.
You get paid to go to school so you don't have to worry about finding a job and a tough economy you can boost up your resonate go to college get that degree.
And continue leading so I was I've been very privileged I go to -- Washington University.
And am only able to afford that school because of the post slalom GI bill so thank you for your taxpayer dollars I really appreciate it we all -- -- Well that's good years you have trying to match -- even even though this the answer to this but are we seeing the same type of growth in terms of ROTC.
Didn't go to school first and then become mired in -- officers on the scene scene that same type of -- there.
You know I haven't seen numbers on that Chris but what I would say is that it is likely especially at your private schools.
But -- you'd be more appealing to be able to go serve your country.
And -- and get that college degree paid for you can also use that for your master's degree.
And then we're also seeing many officers who went -- RTC coming back and getting a master's degree so -- you -- seeing an increase in retention as well as recruitment.
And I think that both VA and would agree that this is a great benefit for all.
Our service members -- -- hot and legislative director for the student veterans of America great job and thank you very much for your service.
Thanks for having me on a little.
When we come back one man who is trying to help veterans make the transition from the battlefield.
-- -- -- they're trying to break in corporate America can seem like a closed off world but for veterans coming back from war the transition from one culture to another can present and especially difficult challenge.
Our next guest saw an opportunity to help joining us now city good friend.
Founder of American corporate partners or -- rather sit com until I saw this piece that you guys did on the -- and I was really intrigued by it veteran had come back.
It was actually it apart of the National Guard and he was serving active duty in I I -- -- -- I -- do we wanted to change careers but he sort of been.
Oh wait you know you have this time off.
That you serve your country wanted to teach to his he had no idea where to go and that's where ACP comes in -- -- ACP is designed to help.
Those folks who served who bombed want to transition from the active military -- from the reserves into a corporate job and maybe.
They don't have the the networking or the friends who are able to help them in the normal course and so we match them one on one with managers.
From corporate America we have a seventeen current partners now.
And dumb B are mentored for year and hopefully make the most out of there are some of those corporate partners -- and a well.
One of which is News Corp.
the owner of the station which -- -- delighted to have some of the first few -- we started with six.
General Electric and PepsiCo Morgan Stanley Campbell Soup.
Verizon Home Depot were first six original ones we now -- seventeen including three universities are the universities are.
Projects for us that we're out we're trying to get started to see if that works would we have the University of Texas University of Oklahoma and Harvard university's -- our program.
And we have five more companies joining in the heavily spring and -- -- what what type of we're talking about.
Middle management level.
All all different levels throughout the course of -- these companies well.
The ideal mentor is someone who could be a role model means so.
22 year old secretary is a little tough to match with a 36 year old marine no question.
But we have plenty of folks who were engineers at Verizon for example a marketing folks a Pepsi.
People -- EGE engines in Cincinnati and now in Boston.
Who are great role models saw some of these folks -- mostly finished college some of them did not come in many of them -- role models some.
In the ideal world we have senior.
We've -- your contact for each of the companies sometimes a service and -- themselves.
Rupert Murdoch -- News -- is actually a manager himself in our program.
That's amazing and didn't -- what continued do you as far as you know when you enter into the military.
-- the played overturn -- you come back and you've got a new set this goals I know Chris mentioned that.
How -- these mentors help.
Not just take what they knew it before.
They entered into service but haven't they take the skills that they developed by -- gun.
And sort of funneled that into a new occupation.
The biggest challenge a lot of these folks have this translating the skills that they know they have that -- didn't that they've developed over time.
And translating that into corporate America it's not always easy.
Com some of these folks when they come back -- could quite easily picture this when they're serving the last thing you're doing -- thing about a career you know right they're thinking about the issues that they have right in front title this thing and that's survival they're thinking about making sure that they do good job for themselves and their colleagues in the last in their thinking about is what am I gonna do when I get back.
So when they get back all of a sudden they're thrust into an environment where you have high unemployment.
And -- these folks are not just looking for jobs and I don't think it's a duty to give them just jobs I think guard duty is to help -- get good jobs and the companies that are partnering up off partnering with us.
A working towards helping these -- folks figure out how to get a good job.
You mentioned is cooler -- IBM Home Depot G Procter & Gamble so many great partners.
Do they seek advice from you on what type of individual would be great mentor because I would imagine some maybe somebody else who had it was a veteran.
Who had served would be a fantastic Mensa because they've been through it before.
Some companies have focused -- mentoring efforts on those employees who would serve themselves.
On the we have a pretty good mix my guesses little bit less than half of tormentors are people who serve themselves.
And the rest are people that just want to contribute they want to contribute by giving of their time.
And it's been going great thus far but -- -- It and hopefully it's in you know fewer cases -- -- but.
Are there sometimes.
Difficulties and it -- -- going into all workplace and facing certain biases because they've been away at war.
Or because of what they've been doing well some of the obstacles and.
I'm sure that there are some.
Most of the companies that are partnering with us have a culture around them that shows an appreciation for the folks who've served.
So my guess is most of the partners have not all the partners are coming out this in the way that you'd like them too which is we wanna give back to those who serve the country.
Frankly we've been turnout by quite a number of companies we've asked them to consider being partners in my guess is some of those folks just don't have it's an appreciation and now we're not gonna we're not gonna fit everybody.
No -- that he says -- -- FNC was about somebody came over -- -- career change are you finding that.
Many of veterans that come back wanna have a change of career maybe because of something inexperienced as being part of the military or.
A majority of more electrical engineers before they come back and they just want to.
Now 456 years later however long it is wanna get back into being -- -- in business.
Is that most of the people coming back.
Are thinking about a different career and on many of them didn't have careers many of them may have listed right out of high school they're coming back to go to schools part of the GI bill -- you're just talking about a few moments ago.
And now for the first time they actually can think about what am I gonna do -- a career not just a job.
And our program is finding that we're getting lots of applicants are folks who were taking advantage of his GI bill and are thinking about what they want to do.
The best value I think that a manager can help a young person with is not necessarily give them.
The network opportunities to get into a specific job that we -- for baton the greatest.
The greatest benefit I think that we offer is helping those folks who really don't know what they want to do and helping them think through the different options that they might.
And this is this only four a soldier coming home within that year.
From Iraq or Afghanistan or is this can somebody say down the road I he had been back five or six years now but I don't like what I'm doing now like that situation -- then can they approach you and -- it's.
It's the latter we look for people who have served since 9/11 -- in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We look for those who've been deployed so person who's actually been serving in Iraq we find is some is that is the target audience would like to offer this program to -- the latest program is totally free.
We get our funding from the companies -- for myself there's no charge for any of this although we're trying to do is.
Is -- say thanks.
But anybody who's been back for a few years it might be still part of the reserves of the National Guard we welcome them to apply and they can apply right online that's great stuff sitting and it's a nonprofit organization American court reporters had a people in touch with him.
We have a website it's www.
ACP -- US -- got to work for you can.
Who will -- American corporate partners you can apply right online and now we look forward to all the applications we can handle thanks and I know all of us here at new scored very pleased to be partnering with you guys -- program thanks very much.
Excellent you thanks so much said.
I -- after serving their country more and more troops are finding it harder to find jobs when they come home.
According to the Labor Department the unemployment rate for male veterans has grown from four point 8% in 2007.
214 point 8% in 20101.
Former marine is fighting unemployment by creating a network.
Four Marines and navy corpsman to me colleagues and potential employers.
Joining us now -- mark -- he is co-founder of the national Marine Corps.
Business network and he joins us -- -- Skype.
From California hey thanks so much for joining us.
You're -- economy.
So of course isn't a major major problem coming home in this sort of environment I was still very weak economy unemployment still near 10%.
What is it that you're doing to offer help to that's out there.
Well the national -- -- business network is a professional business -- organization.
And we are exclusive to Marines -- navy corpsman who are in business.
So what we're doing he's pulling him into a web based platform.
We didn't go online and see who each other is in contact them and say hey.
I wanna do business with you or I -- break -- your industry or maybe your company perhaps you can help me.
So we're being each other's clients we're referring other businesses to each other we're hiring them.
And we're having -- -- done.
-- mark there are certainly qualities that day marine or you know the -- naval personnel would have that would be.
-- intriguing to potential employer aren't there.
They come with a lot of self discipline.
-- Some Mark Levin a little bit of an audio issue here -- bad we're gonna continue -- -- if we've got -- are you with us now.
-- A cat it was losing Marvin thank you -- marks -- stacks we've trying get his -- actual -- but the one thing I was elated wanted it and I'm sure.
This I was answering it.
You not to worry about -- -- former marine -- no.
I did -- an employer there're couple things that if you you -- -- marine audit going to be as he was saying to -- -- be disciplined they're going to be on time.
On the sands and in the organize and ready to go.
And of course leadership is one of the biggest things that these servicemen have like they they go overseas and they might have been shy kid coming out of high school.
They go into the Marine Corps Navy SEALs you name it and they developed this this skill set that's just you know.
One you can't get anywhere else and it's amazing when they do come home I.
I have seen so many of them even neighborhood about a drop and they come home in their new they're completely different people they stand up tall.
Their leaders in and that it would be extremely.
I useful to a lot of these companies and actually.
There's a strong network of Marines who are now executives.
At large fortune 500 companies.
That are actually looking to hire these guys coming out it's sort of like the athlete -- Chris you know being a college athlete when you go look for job.
There's always that high if somebody was an athlete in a big school -- a Big Ten SEC.
Like the higher athletes in this -- fingered there are heads of these large companies that our former servicemen and they're happy to hire these guys.
I hit a friend or doubt interestingly enough one of my good friends and school is.
The quarterback for Georgia Tech's national championship team back in 199080 never awards national championship ring -- -- he was going on a job interview.
Because then he would see what's that allows quarterback for national championship football team and people say all leadership -- -- -- So you're right -- -- you put you sort of you know you would you strike a chord with people there.
Always on about leader should be some of the type of people that you won't -- -- for you in a marine nor or navy man we'll certainly be part of that.
-- we're gonna get mark back here a little bits that got some questions -- when asked about the program there a couple of different -- with the program.
Mom you know local chapters you can do it online as well so there are a lot of different areas bomb that where you can do it looks like to go back out tomorrow and even got on the phone knew you -- -- Smart.
I am -- had a beautiful that's all right -- it happens sometimes with -- I wanted to ask you about you've got it suits your membership system associated with this national marine core business that we don't you.
That's right we have Betsy at membership.
-- membership is -- limited access to the beaches and benefit of the web space.
But if you want you sell your -- disservice to the members sit nationally.
And you wanna be part of the local chapter meeting that the big debate.
That you want to beat the number -- -- only ten dollars a month 400 dollars a year heartbeat.
Hey you know mark we just chatting about how you know does a lot of this heads of major corporations out there.
That our military veterans that are looking to hire.
Men and women coming out of service right now I mean is that a situation you're seeing currently in does that give you a leg up.
That's absolutely true and those -- the type that marine that I want to join the network even though it -- it please listen closely and join.
The national record this is now working in Google that or you can go to our web site and in the end dot com.
And registers ultimately member and -- -- -- -- -- you're one of my.
That we that you are you in -- Marines are.
-- 33 chapters right.
Yes we're just -- authority and coming back.
How many members you have within this network or now are 500.
We have the momentum that -- going out of control so -- evident that the growing pains but we're deep enough.
How many employees Seattle I guess -- -- have a growing pains at the other side.
Well right now are still under -- the handful but as we bro we're going to be out bring on and never gonna do that they.
And and what about the current economic environment that's obviously got to be pretty tough.
For folks are you seeing more requested to get into this network because of how hard it is to find a job.
Yes the value -- in the networking it -- -- make connections and business especially challenging economic times like Graham.
But there is tremendous value and connecting with other businesses that are run by those who claim that I don't agree.
What is the age range the men and women that are involved in your network.
The big question actually desperately need to if past retirement and people are still bored with their retirement and back and they want to help.
An apartment the program and -- -- did their very best people that want to find a way it back.
Mark you did I -- you serve -- platoon commander.
You know desert shield and desert storm so you certainly know how to assimilate back in -- into the states -- -- what's the biggest challenge you think you find that the Marines.
And with the naval personnel when they come back that that they have a hard time.
Right now it.
Finding any job openings right now about by the network so important because we have greens they're looking for them and -- department and some people just aren't they can't hire but that it is but we've got we've got job opening here.
-- it's a great program we thank you for joining us and thank you for sticking was on the technical issues.
That you're at the data are letter my home of the national marine core business network -- coming up.
How one entrepreneur was helping injured troops through rehabilitation and reintegration.
And what you can do to help his mission.
That more of when Fox Business continues.
As eager as troops are to come home that reintegration process can be very very difficult especially for the wounded.
But one organization is working to help injured troops by creating temporary housing for injured military and their families during the -- rehabilitation process.
Here to tell us more is.
Michael moron who he is president of -- -- development and founder of operation.
Make sure amazing.
Cause that here it can you -- a little bit about what's going on with it.
Yes Sandra operationally chores and effort -- capstone and on number of other companies.
To build and fully furnished housing on the lakeshore foundation campus.
For the severely injured military can come there along with their fame often.
This is for that the hospital in Birmingham Alabama actually there's a hospital named lake -- you also but this is for the lakeshore foundation.
Which is a not for profit.
Services to severely injured people -- Veterans and non veterans but the the purpose of the lakeshore foundation is to -- -- people the physical fitness sport.
And matters like that so that they can.
You know re integrate and be active and independent.
What's the typical length of stay at one of these that is the depending on need Britain rehabilitation process forget this not rehabilitation of lakeshore foundation is is more like you can almost think about it like a YMCA for severely.
And so what.
Lakeshore foundation has a dormitory like facility and wallets -- and wallets -- quality.
It's really not appropriate for the families and then so operation -- -- is an effort to build a different type house and a more home like.
Facility so that the spouse loses and the family can come and witness the accomplishments.
Of the injured soldier or sailor marine or airman.
And -- that's very.
-- actually just broke ground -- that -- we broke ground this past Monday and we will be finished about Veterans Stadium this year.
All paid for by donations private corporate donations as well that's that's correct -- And one of the things that attracted capstone to the lakeshore foundation itself.
Is that they provide all their services at no cost to the injured military.
They bring them to Birmingham they accommodate them they -- them.
And any family members that don't -- are also.
They -- at no cost.
To land from what I understand it kind of sort of backed this with -- was final before.
These families are brought in -- very inspirational for the soldiers -- But if I did some at state for very appropriate time others -- -- -- -- maybe make army in their home.
Most of it is a short time -- and part of that is really the facilities that now exist.
-- because of the quality of the lakeshore foundation itself some injured military have moved to Birmingham and ordered to have access to it.
But most of what we're talking about is the temporary help them.
And -- it will allow the severely injured veterans and their families to stay longer than was appropriate in the current dormitory.
So we're dismissing some video of kayaking.
What it is there's going to be activities.
Involved in in staying at.
Yes and again that's really what lakeshore foundation is that it.
It takes -- severely injured and it encourages them to get out and to do physical facility.
No well -- notified that your University of Alabama graduate.
-- My question would be what inspired you to start with this you are co-founder of this project.
That that's correct actually it was my wife and read about the lakeshore foundation in the newspaper and and knows the importance up place on the military as far as the gratitude and appreciation sudden and so.
It looked like project that was well suited for -- we're in development so we deal in construction and design is anybody doing anything like this right now for the and not that I know of but you know there's so much different people across the country are doing what they -- for the veteran so.
I know that private homes are being built for veterans and and other things but this is again temporary housing in -- we think it's important.
As one veteran told me when when you go to war your children look upon you like a superhero -- and then you come back severely injured and it sends a very confusing message to the children.
So this is an effort.
For the families.
Especially the children to see their mother or father doing activities that maybe they felt was not possible after the injury.
Yeah I think that's a big part of that's what I want to.
Get -- with you with the -- the -- -- -- how many times do you see men and women come in.
And even in a short period of time they leave with a completely different mindset as I've often thought about that.
What we know what would -- be able to do all the physical things in the gym running cycling all the things that I do now if I was seriously injured they believe that they can't do that and then maybe they believe they can.
I think that's Chris I think you're exactly right I think.
There's there's two important things well I think with operation lake -- and it's of course the emotional and the physical support that the families can give these severely injured vet.
But maybe more importantly it's that the family -- the children get to see their mother or father doing activities that they thought was no longer possible.
And in fact some people do activities they didn't do before.
Then Michael we're gonna have to go -- I want you just get his cute things how do you get in touch with you and how do you donate I can see we have a lot of viewers that I have veterans in the family are veterans themselves.
If they want you -- you know obviously -- watch that show.
Get have they get in touch.
We have a web site operation lake -- dot com.
And there are a lot of naming rights opportunities.
Still remained so I think you'd be most appropriate.
For families that they -- a member of the family that's in the military to consider.
Behind the naming rights for a cottage or significant.
And honoring their -- member in that.
And Michael -- president caps on -- and a founder of operation lake -- on a very important cause thank you for joining us thank you so anytime and always good to have an -- Dixie in the studio.
-- all right coming up the USO has been entertaining troops -- performances like this.
From the rockets since 1941.
Thing that came second from the letter letter.
-- get them all -- Fox Business returns we'll take a look at the latest conditions in this organization to -- one also better.
Raising money from.
-- throughout the sides easily a woman president Franklin Roosevelt wanted to wait -- lift the spirits of servicemen and women.
During world -- -- in the US so is still going strong.
Operating -- 130 centers around the world.
And is now working with the wounded warrior project to help re integrate troops into their new lives joining us now from DC is Sloan Gibson the president.
Of the US -- so good to see you again.
And it's good to see two groups thank you I still have a kid scene that you gave it last time I saw you here at Fox Business Network last summer so sorry I forgot the grant in here but that we were glad to see it -- glad to see you again.
That was the US so changing -- showed video of the rock cats back in the forties during -- to I think you have a vision of that their vision of Bob Hope.
Really rock kill -- may be you know in the sixties there in the Vietnam what.
How -- it changed since that.
That group will Chris when when the people hear the name USS -- they often -- first think about entertainment and we still do a lot of that.
I hear within a thirty day period of time we've got everyone from -- being able to James Gandolfini.
-- load to Drew Brees and -- all over the world entertaining troops and families we do.
Five or 600 events around the world but it's only about 10% of what the US so actually does.
You mentioned the centers as well and that's an important part two but.
What we try to do is make sure we're adapting and changing to meet the needs of our troops and families as they change.
So for example you think back ten years ago.
We did have men and women serving in harm's way at small forward operating bases in Afghanistan and Iraq so we've.
Developed programs that reach all the way to the small forward operating base Pallet loads of stuff that the troops most wanna have we call -- -- -- We didn't have ten years ago military families -- we're going -- this.
Repeated cycle of deployments where their loved ones were gone for a year and sometimes longer time.
So we've developed ways to try to help families stay connected and done united through reading as a great program that we offer through.
Are sinners where service members can go in and and select -- age appropriate children's book.
We've video record -- reading netbook to their children back home and then we send the dvd and a brand new book come to the family.
We get cards and letters and emails from the family members talking about how the kids have watched it three or four times -- day for months he -- a powerful connection it was.
We've we've created up a private telephone network and our senators in Afghanistan Iraq and Kuwait.
We're troops now are making nearly 250000.
Free phone calls from every month so son away for ways to support families.
Yeah and then absolutely that's what it doesn't even have some viewers writing in that right now saying thank you for everything that the USO does.
Where I typically see the US sent a USO centers are in airports but I haven't seen them not on navy pier.
In Chicago which is a really fun place to be.
I mean you what is the response that you get are -- these centers you know flooded with veterans coming in and soldiers.
-- -- that the the when I talk about US -- opted to different audiences often refer to it as you were USO America's USO.
-- when a service member comes in our family member comes into -- USO.
They know that this is America saying thank you know this this is not their government they know that that the things that the US so does.
Or or -- things that are made possible by donors over a million and a half active donors.
They're made possible by the many thousands of volunteers that volunteer their time to -- -- US I was so they know that this is America saying thank.
Whether it's at a US so senator whether they're being given us a USO care package somewhere for area whether it's.
Toby Keith -- comes to a forward operating base in Afghanistan to entertain them.
They know this is America saying thank you we remember you and we appreciate your service and sacrifice.
-- and I know you mentioned Toby Keith Drew Brees is well James Gandolfini.
Gary Sinise and it was very active with the US so.
Here on -- celebrity's become do you mean you almost have to.
Do you have a problem for any small law because they want to do so -- -- -- -- Wait we've have -- we have so many celebrities that are anxious to go out and entertain troops they understand what it means.
It and I and I have to tell you every single one of those names that I that I mentioned earlier.
Are all people that are repeat.
Celebrities going out to entertain troops if they ever go out one time they always want to go out against Zach brown.
Is coming in in fact -- TP arrives on Sunday and leaves out on Monday.
Not to go over to west Southwest Asia to entertain troops and I went out on -- first tour back in December of 2008.
What a great what a great guy what a great group they care so deeply.
And it's just it is like that with all the celebrities we reach out to slow and I got about thirty seconds tell me -- about the wounded warrior project and -- are working with them.
What what what we're doing here is so we've got to -- a new initiative called operation enduring care.
Wounded warrior practice one of many different partners that we have.
To help meet the needs of wounded warriors and their families from the time they leave the battlefield.
Until they integrate into their communities that US chamber of commerce.
-- recovery organization we've got wounded warriors out doing a 350 mile bike ride right now.
All -- different organizations working together.
To meet these needs of wounded warriors and their families these -- families -- expect so little but they deserve so much.
And we want to be there for them we want all of America to be there for them what's the web sites long.
-- -- US so dot org USO got a -- -- to find out how you can help our wounded warriors and their families beautiful.
Sloan Gibson thank you so much for everything that you're doing decent president thank you the US.
Well our next -- is going to the extra mile you could say that for sure actually my old.
To raise money for military families joining us now as the Iraq War veteran and US army specialist -- it'll come on April 17.
He and his super dog any Lombard and -- 7000.
Across America treat thank you for joining -- 7000 denials but for -- Amazing -- thank you for having me his shirt coming Alou -- the cause.
Basically when I was somewhat torn Iraq this -- time my friend sent me you know and he had lost his job and lost his house so I kind of decide I was gonna try to help him.
When I contacted a few charities -- found out that thousands of military families -- a plot for assistance.
So -- kind of set there and was like wow that's so many families what can I do to help them.
-- on the side and when I got back from Iraq I should take this message to the streets and let people know about it.
-- -- to walk -- and really nobody.
You know took notice or cared so much.
But tonight I decided well I'm a drummer maybe I can literally drum up -- Work for these people -- idea SO and of course people are basically wolf who is this -- go walking across America would drumming none they go to the website and I found out what I'm doing it for -- -- -- the goal of raising five million dollars to help so many families I think is will deserve especially for the people that have gone over and served four.
It's an -- you also wearing the T -- that you're selling as well we're there and we'll get those teachers how much today and all those proceeds do go to that five million dollar -- 100%.
Of resell value goes to military panel.
You go to dog is good dot com merchants shirt you can also go to -- -- dot com and -- that your right there.
And as I understand and -- first off thank you so much for your service I was just looking here.
I've read the -- outstanding you joined this service just days before 9/11.
Question you're gonna be streaming and yes yes you're gonna have a dog.
And a -- what is the dog's part he's just to add that she.
But she's going to be town right alongside -- it is correct.
Basically any with a puppy when I went to Iraq and when I came back full grown I took a walking with me we want twenty miles an -- Very impressed that she could do twenty miles.
Took a couple days in a row and she did three days notes one miles and I said well I think my adult can walk across America with me.
She went through some classes and became an honorary pennies from heaven support -- musician goes to VA hospitals and things like that and -- that -- soldiers.
She's just a great companion and with so many people love my dog and they wanna see through the eyes of her so we develop a camera system that actually goes on and me.
-- you can tune in live in and actually see through the eyes of my dog what it's like to walk across America.
How many miles you know -- -- media had a plan in -- down that is correct.
Twenty miles a day then go right on drum -- dot com I have -- -- events scheduled.
Laid out right there.
Also on the home page -- GPS -- upload to Google Maps every ten minutes so people can literally zoom down to street global to see my exact location.
Thing is -- I don't want to be someone who just walks by myself.
Then all of these someone that.
Gets people and gathers them to walk with me so hopefully when I walked back to New York in thirteen months you got beat out whop with you know literally be drumming up support and so you also have the -- vehicle that is correct that's provided by soldiers angels.
They -- the filed a one C three that the money channel since you and goes directly into the financial assistance program.
That supplies all the -- for the military families who need who are losing their jobs who need training.
You know -- there's multitude of programs that they have.
This -- been a focus of our show today but what are you seeing as our soldiers coming home and getting jobs that obviously it's a tough environment -- do they feel like they're getting the support that they need.
I think you have to look at Iraq and Afghanistan is it's not a popular war and a lot of these people are coming back during this economy.
They're not finding the good jobs that they deserve no better and should be at a McDonald's flipping burgers.
It's these people need great jobs they're the type of people that -- -- proven themselves to the country and -- me and everybody else here in America.
America's Americans should take care of their -- will we -- talk -- really -- in the show about how servicemen and women make for good employees for a lot of different reasons and we're seeing exhibit a right -- -- you.
The website to dog is good dot com -- hike dot com my correct about that right and soldiers' angels thought were solid in every shot by -- Now I'm really great you -- that summer -- singers not currently in light might -- Value and it did take the raising money to a different well though I hope that he comes out and donate -- -- yeah I never -- he's seen those boots so we have a hard time walking twenty miles a day -- -- -- -- a variety one one's good enough.
Amazingly and -- thank you for everything in the bargaining thank you truly -- -- -- on Iraqi war veteran all right.
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