Two initiatives benefiting injured U.S. soldiers are receiving major support from ASIS International members.
Warriors to Work (WTW) assists warriors with the transition back into the civilian workforce. The program, which is free to returning soldiers, offers a package of services aimed at providing these worthy veterans with employment assistance, including résumé preparation, interviewing skills, job training, networking, and job placement assistance.
This last initiative is where ASIS comes in. At the behest of ASIS President Ray O’Hara, CPP, ASIS is encouraging members and their companies to post job opening on the WTW site. “We’ve fought [the war on terrorism] with a coalition of allies,” said O’Hara. “There are wounded warriors in many countries where we have chapters and members.” He urges members who have employment opportunities to seek out wounded warriors as job candidates through WTW. The program is free, and companies need only register, giving details on the company and available positions. Once approved, a WTW representative provides access to the résumés on the site.
WTW is a program of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The organization was formed in 2003 by a group of veterans and friends who took action to help injured service men and women.
Lines of Hope, an initiative being sponsored by the ASIS Foundation, Inc., benefits soldiers receiving treatment at state-side treatment centers for wounded soldiers. This new Foundation annual campaign will raise funds for the purchase of telephone calling cards to help soldiers and their families stay in touch. Major contributors and the Foundation’s Board of Trustees will be invited to attend the presentation of the cards. The time and place of the donation will be determined by the end of the year.
The program was initially the brainchild of Kevin Doss, CPP, PSP, who encouraged fellow members of the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter to participate. Corporate sponsors, including Verizon, Rite Aid, and Securitas Security Services USA, joined the initiative. Through individual and corporate donations, cards worth $35,000 were delivered to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in December 2010. This year, Doss brought the idea to the ASIS Foundation.
“We thought it was an outstanding way to serve the people who serve our country,” said Dave Davis, CPP, president of the ASIS Foundation’s Board of Trustees. With the Foundation’s backing, the program is a chapter initiative. Chapters can raise funds then funnel them through the Foundation, which will purchase and present the cards.
The program is only in the U.S. right now, but Davis would like to see it expand internationally. “As an international organization, we need take on more initiatives of this type around the world,” he said.
Donations can be made online through the ASIS Web site, www.asisonline.org , by clicking on “ASIS Foundation” on the left navigation bar. Contributions can also be made by mail at any time.