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We get what they only wanted to show you because as you know one of their troubles -- -- of -- -- -- when -- come home.
They can't find a job 744000.
Bets are unemployed today.
Corporal Andrew Steiner a marine wounded in Iraq was one of them.
Until this week with the help of the wounded warrior project and a veteran -- college an -- into began his new job as the assistant superintendent at the vehicle security center.
At one world trade.
This past Monday I got a chance to sit down at both Andrew and pol who had never met in person and tell our interview -- Call that you took.
Approach to trying to help a veteran and -- if you could tell us a little bit of the background of how you got to that point.
So work for -- come of one of the world's largest engineering design firms have 45000 employees we have strong into corporate social responsibility.
Through that we asked the folks from the wounded warrior project an enemy with us since the working with Andrew and three other folks.
And you tell me about your.
Decision in 2001.
Join the military.
I entered the Marine Corps in September 17 of 2001.
I was the first training cycle.
And you are deployed twice to two -- -- when I went to Iraq twice I was there for the invasion in march of 2003.
I came home and I went back and shoot.
June of 2004.
When I left the record in 2005 I went into real estate finance.
We were seeing a lot of default.
You know I was the one of the lower us guys on the wrong and -- give -- -- walking papers.
But you continue to try to find work what are you doing in between anything and everything.
Well you also have a military background yes I completed seven years of naval service in 1994.
And one of the challenges I experience when I got out was taking the skills.
The leadership traits of things -- learned in the military and translating them over to terms that would be relevant to civilian hiring managers.
Having gone through that myself.
I thought that might be an area where I can -- -- you have to do to help get him ready for the interview that he ended up having.
I think with Andrew he's got -- skill sets and he's got a lot of great energy and he's a Smart guy so really with -- it was a matter of saying are what are you wanna do.
You just landed a great new job what does it mean to you Andrew to.
The going back to full time employment but having -- be at one world trade.
This very special.
The -- the importance of the project how do you think that you're experience in the military is going to help -- be successful -- -- When you transition new construction industry you have the same things but large scale project like on the World Trade Center.
Is really a natural fit it's inherently dangerous.
And you know it's it's really keeping everybody focused on what needs to be done and you know safe manner that really is.
Parallel through the Marine -- Your thoughts on not just having a moral obligation to help our veterans why is it important in other ways.
We as a nation have invested a great deal when training.
Our men and women in the military.
-- as large investment in defense.
For us to fully get the return on that investment when they come back from the military let's put them to work what would you tell any veterans that are watching today.
If there had been hesitant at all to reach out.
Is it isn't just a matter of making a phone call.
It is go online and be proactive just like you or in the military you know just guys -- out.
You know you may have lost your sense of purpose but the resources are there that are.
All available to you there's always someone call it's really letting those people know that.
-- other people Paul's position that they're capable of few helping these veterans.
If people realize that.
With just one phone call they could decide to help three -- four additional people we can help just a little bit their skills take over and good things will happen.
Personally for you -- what else is on the horizon -- -- -- -- in new York and hopefully.
-- meet a lady.
They -- -- and they indict the five dating and matchmaking service remarkably three of the -- -- that falls taken under his wing just since April 13.
Are now employed I love this story Andrea good eight comes a wonderful company and -- park with -- past.
But I think that individual.
Gumption of somebody like politics -- who is daddy's got a busy job but he said.
All you know maybe some one on one tutoring would make a difference and he also said that being a -- himself he could understand.
What it was like to look at the resonate.
And -- senator and say well this is way too it's like in military speak.
That's to switch this around me and to his party held three people land -- job in two months and he's Smart.
Why wouldn't you hire someone that has that kind of commitment dedication doesn't complain that kind of discipline you know is going to be on time.
And really it's the best way to say thank you mean think about what they do for us every single day -- to come home if you can hire just one veteran.
You make a difference in their lives and actually think he knew we we do bash government a little bit but I do think.
The military the military is obviously it's a different animal I mean these these guys and gals are incredible.
And I think they can work with private and public partnerships for the government to help inform business owners of who's available who they can hire who's coming back from war and who needs work.
Another thing is that Andrew said -- is that it was kind of he would go to the job fairs that they -- there are a lot of companies.
And a lot of different programs that work together there as Andrew said it was really just needed to make a phone call.
But he said that if you -- a job fair visit there with a thousand other -- and all going for the same job and there was no individualized attention.
But that that was cleverly made the difference was -- -- actually talking to one person and having them open the door.
Yeah I -- -- job -- I remember going to them are incredibly depressing.
It's sad because you do feel like just and nobody with a with a sheet of paper that nobody reads.
I feel there's there should be affirmative action for vets.
If there's anybody that deserves to get up.
A cut in line given the amount of work that they've done for the country it's that they're having -- is when you think about military service isn't that the real college.
When you think about the contemporary campus and what's being taught on campus to play video games and get high.
It seems to be military experience is really where you get like -- experience and it is the new college -- it's it's like the opposite.
Of the campus it's where you really learn something and the discipline that you get from military service translates -- That this stuff you learn on campus we majoring musical theater.
That's an interesting point -- -- -- -- talk about this because.
Andrew actually signed up to go to the Marines when he was a senior in high school and that January of that year 9/11 not happened he actually started at camp September seventeens -- right afterwards and everybody in his group was from the new York New Jersey areas they had this camaraderie.
But look at the experience that he got and when he came home and he got that job -- and he.
Was laid off he didn't wait around he worked in construction off Broadway he was I worked in a meatpacking plant in these guys -- Really do want to work there's no reason not to hire of that they're committed they're hard working we know that -- task oriented.
And their problem solved just by nature what what -- -- through.
Both -- story when I was trading down Wall Street at literally 2000 people stand in on the floor.
Individuals we all were first cells we restore our money we -- we lost.
Sometimes you have to bring people in.
The best traders the best workers the best employees the best clerks were always the guys with the -- notes of -- sports our military backgrounds.
Because their focus they know how to hard work work hard when they're confined -- with a problem.
They figure -- way around the problem they figure -- how to solve the problem not patriotic you know run out the backdoor and in in you know blame on somebody else.
And -- the numbers of that that are unemployment in 744000.
That number can be very overwhelming and you could think oh my gosh like to send some money to.
One of the programs and see if they could help.
But you do a lot of one on one mentoring for people for lots of different things -- one of them being -- -- the culinary connection.
What do you think about that personal connection if everybody out there watching -- wanted to help of that if they knew that they -- help and he used and that type of thing before.
Well I think it it really matters I mean I did but I think -- more importantly enough money.
-- shy on experience doing this but what this one -- said -- that was very very important.
You mentioned it.
That we pay all this money to train these people.
They get the top -- -- line training they've learned a lot of skills and at least which of leadership skills as seems to me.
What better people to go on higher I mean I just think if we've made that desperately doesn't get -- coming -- -- the back -- But I loved it was when -- warrior project where and when Paul said to them because Akon had would have warrior project coming get a presentation.
It was at the end of but the Paulson -- -- -- I could help some some people in the civil how many could you company said.
Pop -- three and they said.
Look at before and now three and -- before employed.
But we didn't hire a military that ran for president.
That's a good -- -- I have to meet in the end and -- and that's working out yeah.
What about references that the and I hit every fourth of -- good yeah.
Every job I've got absurd to me I got through someone.
Knowing somebody you're making the opportunity available in networking.
If everyone could just refer a veteran or keep your eye out for veterans coming home and that they needed job and refer them to other people -- connecting.
I think is probably something that maybe isn't as good as it and you don't necessarily have.
Because you've been serving overseas and you've had 22 -- you haven't done that sort of networking that other people and more of an urban setting might have done.
By the way I was that was and -- jab at President Obama that was the credit to John McCain it was a war crimes in our legal eating -- -- and the reminiscent of those agencies really government do war on doing this -- is he.
And actually said he thinks that the government does actually do a fairly good job of letting.
Of having the programs has just started that distinct getting information to the vet and of that being willing to make a call and ask for help.
So if you need help you know -- call and also if you can't help but wonder where project is a great place -- there are others.
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