WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN SAYING, “THANK YOU” TO OUR VETERAN’S ON THIS THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEK
A Veteran, whether Active Duty, Retired, National Guard or Reserve, is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to “The People of the United States of America” for any amount “up to and including my life.”
HONORING OUR VETERAN’S………..ONE MAN’S WAY TO GIVE BACK
That man is Jay Musson, trustee for the Musson Foundation, member of the University of Akron Foundation board of directors, Adjutant of American Legion Post 808 and a Vietnam Combat Infantryman Veteran whom served in 1968 and 1969. Musson participated in more than 50 combat air assaults earning the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Valorous Unit Commendation.
In 2011, the Musson Foundation donated $220,000 to build a 21st century Veterans lounge inside the University of Akron. This lounge offers student-veterans a place to relax, study and enjoy the same camaraderie that they experienced while serving their country.
“Being a veteran and coming back from Vietnam to here and really being on my own, I remember that vividly. I don’t want those kids to go through anything like that,” Musson says. “(Vietnam) was a whole different war. There are just a lot of administrative hassles that these kids are dealing with now. If I were a student coming back now, I would feel lost among all the benefits: Title this or Title that, or timing issues with receiving money. Those are the things we are trying to overcome.”
Pictured above: Mr. Tim Oldani and Mr. Jay Musson
Mr. Musson enlisted the help of a Legion service officer who is an alumnus of the school. With a goal toward easing transition burdens, post members have also lobbied the university to create a special veterans-only English and composition class, received a spot on the school’s Military Veterans Steering Committee, and facilitated a more welcoming environment for student veterans by starting an annual tailgate before a football game that recognizes the post and veterans at the school.
Tony Stevens, a sociology major and Post 808 member, joined the post in hopes of finding some of the camaraderie he enjoyed in the military.
Pictured above left to right: Mr. Tim Oldani, Dr. K. Todd Houston, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, Mr. Jay Musson, LTC Bradley Harvey
Stevens, an active participant in veterans initiatives, has become the posts sergeant-at-arms. He says the campus post model is something that student veterans at other schools are well-positioned to replicate.
“Hopefully, people around the country can use our post as a model and do what we are doing.,” he says. “Veterans have a lot of experience, a lot of stuff to share, and a lot of good to do for people.”
“The Legion’s mission at work: Veterans Helping Veterans”
**Further Information about Post 808 and the Musson Veteran’s Lounge can be found at the following links**
Resurrecting Lives Foundation – 2016 Employment Initiative: “INVEST in VETS” Program
Providing employment for our returning heroes with TBI with employers interested in a long term commitments and opportunities for advancement, education, and growth.
Resurrect a HERO – Strengthen a Nation
1. 2.7 million men and women have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 13 years, and it is estimated that nearly 450,000 suffer from mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of their service. Rand Corporation predicts TBI in 20 % of our military. www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB9336/index1.html
2. TBI is manifested by memory problems, processing difficulties, and, at times, difficulty learning new information without proper training. However, the treatment through cognitive retraining and vocational initiatives utilizing military discipline and skills will retrain the brain for civilian employment. – In these young brains, retraining is key, and connecting the hero with TBI with an employer willing to take a few extra weeks of training, is, our 2016 mission. Employment is key to resurrecting these warriors.
3. Unemployment rates among our heroes remain high, higher than the non-veteran, or, around 9% for post 9/11 Veterans. www.adn.com/2014/03/20/3384751/higher-jobless-rates-for-iraq.html
4. More Discharges with military draw down will increase the need for employment.
5. Our mission in 2016 is to connect our heroes with mTBI to an employer with positions matching the Veterans skills and aptitudes and to continue the long term relationship for reintegration and advancement.
6. We will enlighten employers of the many benefits in employing Veterans.
7. We will seek to provide employment for heroes and their families by starting a model in OHIO which can be replicated throughout the nation. We will partner with national companies with the opportunities of hiring men/women of multiple skill sets.
WON’T YOU JOIN US?
Resurrect a Hero – Strengthen YOUR company.
Chrisanne Gordon, MD Founder and Executive Director Resurrecting Lives Foundation
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