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:
- 190,000 veterans are currently unemployed in the United States.
- 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Some people believe this estimate to be higher.
- 90,000 military jobs are planned to be cut in 2015.
- 49,993 veterans are homeless on any given night.
- Thousands of military caregivers are struggling physically and financially to provide for loved ones.
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!