How can one ordinary person -- you or me -- make a positive difference in this world? One way is the practice 'paying it forward.' While the steps might be simple, the outcome could change the world.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) January 24, 2012
RJ Yanni & Associates, LLC is reaching out to patriotic Americans to support a fund raising campaign that will facilitate self-employment opportunities for U.S. Veterans. U.S. Veterans who are returning, or have returned from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars over the last ten years are among the highest unemployed group in America, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many military veterans are struggling to find work, and with most troops having pulled out of Iraq, and the draw-down of troops from Afghanistan, the problem will likely get worse since some of those service members will enter the civilian workforce. “The unemployment rate among vets is higher than non-veteran men and women. The 18 to 24 age group has the highest jobless rate,” says Velma Scaife of WVEC, Norfolk, VA [November 11, 2011].
“Military service is difficult, demanding and dangerous. But returning to civilian life also poses challenges for the men and women who have served in the armed forces, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey of 1,853 veterans. While more than seven-in-ten veterans (72%) report they had an easy time readjusting to civilian life, 27% say re-entry was difficult for them—a proportion that swells to 44% among veterans who served in the ten years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.” [The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life, Pew Social & Demographic Trends, December 08 2011] “Making a career change can be both frightening and overwhelming,” [Putting the Civilian Back into the Soldier, The Veterans Journal, March 10th, 2010]
Upon their return to the US, many veterans have found a difficult job market that doesn't translate their military skill set to a civilian one. Additionally, researchers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs found about 19 percent of returning service members report that they experienced a possible traumatic brain injury while deployed, with 7 percent reporting both a probable brain injury and PTSD or major depression. Bound up in hopelessness, despair, a loss of self-esteem, frustration and anger many don't seek counseling help, and don’t know where to turn for viable employment and/or self-employment options.[U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs]
U.S. Veterans Need Help
But there is a good, bona fide, successful solution to this problem; generous, nationwide support of a campaign titled, ‘Self-Employment Opportunities for U.S. Veterans’. This fund raising campaign provides subsidies to veterans to start their own, independent business with either of two of the most reputable companies in the US: Ambit Energy or FamilyIQ. It’s a way to “pay it forward” and help a veteran and his/her family get back on their feet again.
Started by Richard J Yanni, BS, MA, a Vietnam War Era Veteran, and Director of RJ Yanni & Associates, LLC based in Garden City, NY the campaign’s goal is to raise $75,000 in first-round financing to help veterans with the start-up costs of these businesses. Yanni is ready, willing, able, and authorized to enroll 500-1000 Veterans per month for the next year as independent registered agents of either Ambit Energy, Inc. or FamilyIQ, Inc. The extent to which subsidies can be offered will be determined by the success level of this fund raising campaign.
The first company welcoming veterans, Ambit Energy of Plano, TX was ranked No.1 by the Inc. 500 in September 2010. Ambit is a reseller of natural gas and electricity to residential and light commercial customers at guaranteed savings. Typical savings are from 5-10% in natural gas, and 20-30% in electricity. The compensation plan permits veteran independent business owners to earn five-figures per month plus residuals. Residuals are often better than traditional retirement plans where they still exist in today's economic downturn. Ambit provides free training, mentorship, websites, weekly webinars, and a back office/power zone complete with marketing materials, auto responders, and client tracking software. Veterans interested in signing up for Ambit Energy who want more information about how this can be a financial answer should go to:Ambit Energy: Guaranteed Natural Gas & Electricity Savings & Why Ambit Works!
The second company FamilyIQ is a human services company that strengthens families throughout the world. Founded by Mark Hobbins in 2001, FamilyIQ has helped thousands of people improve their own personal, partner and parenting skills. FamilyIQ has received numerous awards and recognitions, including The Society of Technical Communication Excellence Award for its online courses. It has also been featured by Dr. Phil as one of his top family strengthening programs, and by Tyra Banks. Offered primarily through therapists and treatment programs, Family IQ’s life changing and family strengthening programs are now being offered directly to the general public. FamilyIQ has helped families whose children had gone too far down the road of self-defeating and even self-destructive behaviors—families who needed intervention to rescue their children and heal their family.
Veterans can become FamilyIQ Independent Business Owners (IBOs), earn a five-figure per month income plus a generous residual program that rivals many retirement plans. Training is provided to new veterans on every aspect of the business, a back office supports all of the marketing needs, and it is Mark Hobbin's personal goal that every IBO succeed with the FamilyIQ opportunity. FamilyIQ provides free training, mentorship, websites, weekly webinars, and a back office complete with marketing materials, auto responders, and client tracking software Once again, RJ Yanni & Associates LLC is looking to enroll 500-1,000 U.S. Veterans per month: interested donors who would like to help a veteran get started in this business should contact ‘Self-Employment Opportunities for U.S. Veterans’ to make a donation in any amount.
Upon their return to the US, many veterans have found a difficult job market that doesn't translate their military skill set to a civilian one. Bound up in hopelessness, despair, a loss of self-esteem, frustration and anger that their considerable sacrifices and heroic actions have gone unappreciated many don't know where to turn. Self-employment with either of these two highly regarded companies offers veterans a clear way forward to build their financial future. Small, independently owned businesses are the very backbone of the economy.
The Challenge for Veterans
Every small business has a start-up cost associated with it; this is a normal and regular cost of going into any business. Even though the start-up costs for Ambit Energy and FamilyIQ are reasonable and fair, many veterans will need some form of financial assistance to meet these initial expenses so they can have a successful business launch, and get back on their feet financially. This will restore their sense of self-esteem, give them back their dignity, relieve the financial pressures of unemployment, or underemployment, and make these veterans contributing members of society, once again. "There's no need for hopelessness, unemployment, and despair among returning veterans—we have viable solutions for them, and with the generosity of donors, we will help to start many veterans on the path to success," said Yanni.
Benefits of Supporting this Worthwhile Cause
Individual and corporate donors are needed to support this worthwhile cause. Donations will be utilized to subsidize the start-up costs for Veterans wanting to enroll in either of the self-employment programs listed above. This will be accomplished through a simple means test comprised of an email letter of interest from the veteran, completion of an application, and a digital copy of their DD214 confirming their veterans' status. All grant awards will be made directly to either Ambit or to FamilyIQ in the veteran’s name. This will streamline the process and prevent fraud.
The personal satisfaction having helped a U.S. Hero in a tangible way is a real means of ‘paying it forward’ and makes this a noble cause to participate in. Additionally, there are awards based on donation levels described at the ‘Self-Employment Opportunities for U.S. Veterans’ site.
Please note: all contributions made on behalf of the veterans will go directly to their account at either FamilyIQ or Ambit Energy. This ensures that all donations are used for the intended cause, and eliminates the misdirection of funds for other purposes. Additionally, the program is being monitored by a CPA firm to ensure compliance and integrity.
Other Ways To Help the Cause
People are needed who are skilled in social network marketing to put out a call to contributors who are empathetic with the plight of the Veterans who are returning, or have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan; we are also reaching out to Veterans of the Vietnam War--there are many who still need help even after all these years.
Corporate donors and foundations are also needed that would look favorably on this proposal to help Veterans with Bonafide Self-Employment Opportunities by contributing to the cause. For more information go to Self-Employment Opportunities for U.S. Veterans.
By working together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our U.S. Heroes.
Richard J. Yanni, BS, MA
RJ Yanni & Associates LLC
Registered Representatives for:
FamilyIQ--Building Stronger Families
Ambit Energy: Guaranteed Natural Gas & Electricity Savings
Why Ambit Works!