Blind American Veterans Trained to Make Phone Calls for Deaf American Veterans -- Blind Veteran Relay Operators to Attempt Calls to Obama and Romney on Memorial Day

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The Veterans Workshop, a national veterans training organization has trained blind veterans to make relay phone calls for deaf veterans using Google+ Hangout technology. Blind WWII Navy veteran Emory Finefrock to attempt calls to Obama and to Romney on Memorial Day.

Blind 89-year old WWII Veteran Emory Finefrock

Blind 89-Year Old WWII Veteran Emory Finefrock

My Generation, the "Greatest Generation" still has gas left in the tank and I am eager to showcase to all Americans what I have been trained to do.

"Being blind and being disabled doesn't mean you can't learn a new skill said Fred Taylor, spokesman for the Veterans Workshop, a national veterans nonprofit. Our virtual instructors have trained an 89-year old, blind WWII Navy veteran on how to make phone calls for deaf American veterans. If we can do that, we can do almost anything," said Taylor.

Emory Finefrock, 89, a blind Navy veteran from Yukon, Oklahoma has been in training for weeks and is now preparing himself to make phones call to the White House and to the Romney campaign, acting as a relay operator for a deaf American veteran.

"My generation is called the "Greatest Generation" and we still have gas left in the tank and I am eager to showcase to all Americans that while it is a fact that I am blind, it is also a fact that I am not helpless. I have been taught by the Veterans Workshop how to help a veteran who has lost his hearing make a phone call and I am dedicated to this project with all my heart," said Finefrock.

Calling the presidential candidates will help to showcase to the American public this Memorial Day the disproportionate numbers of veterans who are blind and those who are deaf that are unemployed.

The Veterans Workshop deploys innovative and imaginative technology concepts that allow disabled veterans to find employment while helping each other.

"Who would ever have thought that a blind veteran could make phone calls for a deaf veteran?" said Taylor.

The Veterans Workshop did, and set out to prove the concept.

The Veterans Workshop has other innovative projects that will help shape the debate on what we do with those returning from the war on terror who are suffering from dramatic disabilities. Utilizing technology is just one way that these men and women who have given so much can continue to work.


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