The 280 PC Wounded Warrior Campaign - Helping Wounded Warriors Get Back to Work
280 PC is a computer repair and computer support provider in Birmingham, Alabama that serves commercial and residential clients. We have launched a new venture in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project to get Disabled Veterans back to work.
Birmingham, Alabama (I-Newswire) August 18, 2012 - 280 PC is a disabled-Veteran owned small business. I - Mike - was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in 2010. I have spent enough time at VA hospitals and clinics over the last few years to know there are a lot unemployed veterans in the Birmingham area. A large number of those Veterans are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and being diagnosed with PTSD. The low stress, technical work of computer repair and IT support has proven to be well suited to those dealing with PTSD. It is an occupation where the Veterans are in constant contact with new people which is great for working on personal interaction skills. The work is technical and precise which is great for mental acuity and concentration - both of which can negatively affected by PTSD.
At 280 PC we are starting a two phase program to help those Veterans in conjunction with a program offered by the Wounded Warrior Project that is called the Transition Training Academy (TTA). The TTA offers Wounded Warriors training in computer maintenance, computer repair, networking, and computer security at no cost to the Veteran.
We are also going to be working with the DreamPeace Foundation.
From their website:
"The DreamPeace Foundation, a grassroots 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides free, confidential counseling services to Alabama combat veterans returning from war as well as their families. We offer a safe environment where veterans and active duty military members can receive the support they need to regain the lives they once knew before experiencing the trauma of combat. Emotional distress is as real as any physical injury—and thousands of Alabama veterans suffer in this reality."
If we can raise the funds to do this then 280 PC will donate 25% of ALL net profits to the Wounded Warrior Project for the life of the company.
We have outgrown our home office and it is time to move into a retail space and add some full time employees. As a Veteran-owned business we want to hire three unemployed Iraq and/or Afghanistan Wounded Warriors to join our team and we intend to hire local graduates from the Wounded Warrior Project's TTA program. These three Techs will be with 280 PC for a minimum of one year and provide services in the Birmingham and central Alabama region. We need to raise the funds to hire, train, and operate for one year. After that point we will financially self-sufficient and the three Techs will have the option to stay on with 280 PC in Birmingham or leave to start their own location. The catch? We need approximately $81,500 to do get through that first year.
How did we come up with that number?
• Additional training materials & certification testing (approx. $500 each) = $1500
• Salary and insurance for three Veterans for one year (at $10 /hr to start) = $59,100
• A larger lease space + insurance for one year = approx. $17,500
• Two economy vehicles on lease or purchase + insurance for one year = approx. $7,000
• *This estimate does not include fuel and other incidentals.
We are designing a kit that will be made available to Wounded Warriors across the country. This kit will consist of a laptop, software, infrastructure, advertising, web presence, and training materials needed to provide remote computer support services from ANYWHERE as long as they have access to the internet. This means that even if they are recovering in a VA Hospital, or recovering in a Fisher House, or healing at home they can begin to provide for themselves and their families again. Mobility limitations are not a factor. They could, theoretically, work while still in a hospital bed. The ability to use their minds, their skills, their faculties - while at the same time having a way to regain some independence - could make a meaningful difference in their recovery. This model would be loosely based on a franchise setup. They would operate under a common brand to allow 280 PC to provide the infrastructure, advertising, and web presence.
To make a donation got to http://280pc.com/hire-train-unemployed-iraq-or-afghanistan-veterans/ and click on the "Donate" button at the bottom of the page.
We are offering "rewards" at certain donation levels. They are as follows:
• $10 - Listing on our Contributor page and a text link to the (family friendly) website of your choice.
• $25 - Listing + a 88x31 Micro-button image ad/link to website.
• $50 - Listing + a 120x60 Button image ad/link to website + our Support Suite computer tuneup software.
• $100 - Listing + a 125x125 Square image ad/link to website + our Support Suite software + 1 remote computer tuneup.
• $250 - Listing + a 125x125 Square image ad/link to website + our Support Suite software + 1 remote tuneup + 1 remote support session.
• $500 - Listing + a 125x125 Square image ad/link to website + our Support Suite software + 1 remote tuneup + 1 remote session per month for 12 months.
• $1000 - Listing + a 125x125 Square image ad/link to website + our Support Suite software + 2 remote tuneups + 2 remote sessions per month for 12 months.
• $5000 - Listing + a 125x125 Square image ad/link to website + our Support Suite software + 2 remote tuneups + up to 4 remote sessions, and unlimited email support, for 12 months.
If you have any questions or need clarification please contact us at 205-567-5604 or firstname.lastname@example.org
computer repair Birmingham Alabama
About 280 PC
280 PC is a disabled veteran owned small business.
We offer computer maintenance and More..repair, networking, graphic design, and information technology consulting services to all of central Alabama.
We offer pick up, on site, and remote services.
At a minimum our technicians are CompTIA certified.Less..
P.O. Box 63
Phone : 2055675604
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Published On:August 18, 2012
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