Squadron Partners With Happy Joe!

I’m currently at the AMPS show. While I’m away, I asked one of my colleagues to fill in on the blog. This is a guest post by Jeff Melton. Jeff has been with the company for nearly 8 years – mostly in the role of customer service mgr, but has recently transitioned to content marketing.
We’re Proud to be Supporting Military Veterans!

Squadron is excited to announce a newly formed partnership with Happy Joe! Happy Joe is a non-profit organization with a mission to recruit, mentor, and deploy military veterans in the web technology industry.

Most military veterans don’t want a hand out and be sent on their way; they want a new mission and something to give their lives to after their military service is over. Rather than giving away fish to veterans, so to speak, Happy Joe teaches them how to fish – and that my friends is pretty awesome!

Beyond becoming a corporate sponsor as one of Happy Joe’s ‘Hero Partners’ we’re also employing a team of U.S. veterans and utilizing their web technology skills on an exciting new project of ours that we will announce at a later date.

A Partnership That Fits

You might be asking, how does Squadron and Happy Joe fit together? For one thing, many of Squadron’s customers happen to be military veterans. Secondly, we both can’t stand seeing veterans and their families struggle after they leave the military. These men and women have incredible qualities and skills, but they face huge battles when they transition back into the civilian world. Here are just a few basic statistics that veterans fight against:

Modeling is a Great Hobby for Military Veterans

Squadron is excited to partner with Happy Joe because we see the hobby as an opportunity for military veterans to connect and form a new ‘Band of Brothers’ through modeling projects.

Modeling showcases what you can make on your own. It is a solitary pleasure and challenge, but once finished, the hobby can become quite a social interaction when shared with others. Often times it is interaction with others and a sense of camaraderie that is missing from a veteran’s life as they transition into their new “normal.”

As many fans of this great hobby will tell you – scale modeling is fun. But it is also therapeutic. Plastic kits aid in rehabilitation, designed to restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration, and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. They are also used as a diversional therapy and recreational outlet for patients.

Let’s Welcome Happy Joe  to the Squadron Family!

Happy Joe founder James Dalman has a really impressive resume. He has worked with million dollar brands, mom and pop shops, and everything in between. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with James a handful of times and you’d be hard pressed to find a more humble, friendly and down to earth guy.

We’d love nothing more than for our valued customers to give Happy Joe a big ‘Squadron Family Welcome!’ So, how do you do that you ask? If you appreciate what James and Happy Joe are doing, here are some ways you can connect with them:

  • Come out and see them at our modeling competition EagleQuest! Happy Joe will have a booth set up at the show, so come out and shake their hands and let them know you appreciate their fine work. Squadron will also be auctioning original artwork from our extensive art collection at EagleQuest and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to Happy Joe!
  •  Perhaps you know someone that could benefit from their services. Click here to connect with them.
  •  Give them a shout out on their social media channels! They are on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

A big THANK YOU to James Dalman and the team at Happy Joe for partnering with Squadron. We look forward to a great partnership!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • Donald O’Brien

    Seems like a win-win to me! But, short of buy’ n models or donatin’ to the cause, how can we-all help up here in lil’ ol’ Cherry Hill, New Jersey?

  • squadronblog

    : Thanks Donald! There are definitely more announcements to
    come on how to get involved. If you haven’t already, please be sure and
    subscribe to my blog as well as the squadron.com email newsletter for periodic
    updates. Stay tuned!

  • Paulo Silva

    Dear friends.

    We know that we need each other. We are all capable and our capabilities can always helping someone. We all know that money does not make one better, it is a tool that can be used in good or bad. God is our existence of reference and should rely on, and act in the benefit of our neighbors and ourselves. I’m not a preacher, but I speak as a global family we are. The global crisis has come to unite good men, the diversities are there to join forces and capabilities, support, and assistance in a better world, for participation. The more balanced the need to bring to light those who need support, because the world needs fellowship and unity. Examples of improvement are there to inspire us and we act in helping, just depends on ourselves this improvement and success. Without Christ our hearts will not be touched and distanciaremos the Father. The world should not give up in the face of diversity, as all are useful in some way. Awareness, discipline, discipline and discipline.

  • Ian Divertie

    Interesting. I am going to check out Happy Joe. I spent around thirty years working for DOD one way or another, the first 11 active duty with the USN, the next batch of ten years with various DOD contractors, designing, “better death through high technology”, –itsa joke sorta, and finally 10 years in Egypt working for somebody that I am not sure who they were, cuz at times they didn’t seem to know who they were themselves, our APO mailing address was the embassy in Cairo, –but that’s not where we were. I now live in a “civilian” nursing/retirement home and sometimes feel like I have nothing to talk about with other residents. The last ten years I spent in the Middle East, in Egypt specifically, where I eventually had the heart attack which caused me to medically evacuated and that placed me in the retirement/nursing home I am in now. When I do speak to others here it feels like I am speaking a foreign language, but I swear I am speaking English. Oh, –as you might guess I speak Arabic fairly well. PTSD is my middle name. Thanks, off to Happy Joe! The VA makes me nervous for various reasons, I was not evacuated by anyone associated with DOD/VA or any of that when I left Egypt. Signed, Very Alone.