Veterans Workshop Announces 2013 Memorial Day Facebook Challenge

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The Veterans Workshop provides job training for deaf, blind and paralyzed combat-wounded US veterans. To call attention to the plight of disabled vets and to raise funds for job training, the Veterans Workshop is on a mission to acquire 1 million ‘Likes’ to their Facebook page this Memorial Day weekend—a feat that could earn the group a $20,000 donation for programs.

A simple ‘Like’ to the Veterans Workshop Facebook page anytime this Memorial Day weekend is a small yet powerful show of support for US servicemen and women who paid not only their dues in protecting this country—but all of our dues.

The Veterans Workshop, a national charity providing job training for deaf, blind and paralyzed combat-wounded US veterans is challenging Facebook users worldwide to do something that matters this Memorial Day—to support job training for combat-wounded veterans by ‘Liking’ the Veterans Workshop Facebook page.

“When people think of military service it’s often soldiers on active duty who come to mind. But there are many military men and women who are disabled and looking for a hand up, not a hand out,” said Ken Smith, founder of Veterans Workshop and a combat veteran who served in Vietnam. “Our trainings are providing disabled vets a well-deserved hand up.”

There are 26 million veterans in the United States. Of those, 4.7 million are living with service-related, life altering disabilities.

Injured US veterans often face a barrage of unexpected obstacles upon returning home. Difficulty finding proper employment, trouble communicating and networking, lack of mobility due to physical or perceptual disabilities and limited access to education and training are common challenges.

To call attention to the plight of blind, deaf and paralyzed veterans and to raise funds for innovative job trainings that help disabled veterans secure honorable employment, the Veterans Workshop is on a mission to acquire 1 million ‘Likes’ to their Facebook page this Memorial Day weekend—a feat that would earn the group a $20,000 donation for programs.

The donation would make it possible to expand trainings that are teaching blind veterans to make phone calls for deaf veterans using new technology; training deaf veterans on Adobe CS6 software that allows them to work converting websites to be 508 compliant and usable by the blind; and equipping the paralyzed and unemployed with new job skills.

Smith explains the challenge as an opportunity for people across the country to show their support for disabled US veterans and donate with just a click.

“A simple ‘Like’ to the Veterans Workshop Facebook page anytime this Memorial Day weekend is a small yet powerful show of support for US servicemen and women who paid not only their dues in protecting this country—but all of our dues,” said Smith. “It’s simple. 1 million ‘Likes’ to the Veterans Workshop Facebook page means $20,000 in funding for job training for veterans. Our goal is lofty—but with your help and the help of your online communities, we know it’s possible.”

To support the campaign, please 'Like' the Veterans Workshop Facebook page here.

To see the Veterans Workshop Memorial Day 2013 video “American Heroes: Dignity Restored,” go to: http://vimeo.com/65906091.

For more information on Veterans Workshop or to donate, or if you're a veteran interested in training, learn more at http://veterans911.com/our-programs.

MEDIA CONTACT
For interviews with Veterans Workshop staff or to speak with veterans who participate in trainings, contact:
Hilary Snyder
202-695-8103
hilary(at)veterans911(dot)com

About Veterans Workshop:

Veterans Workshop provides free job training to combat-wounded deaf, blind and paralyzed veterans—training them on technology that is enabling blind vets to make phone calls for fellow deaf vets on Adobe CS6 software to convert websites to be compliant and navigable by blind vets and more. Our mission is to equip injured vets with quality job training that allows them to embark on meaningful careers—with a purpose. Learn more about our training programs for wounded veterans at Veterans911.com

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