|Guard Support NewsJanuary/February 2011
Jobs for returning Guard members
|Article Features Guard Support's Programs
Article featuring Guard Support and our "Hire Guard" and "Entrepreneurs' Funding Program" ran on the front page of the Telegram & Gazette on December 28, 2010.
Vets Get Job Help: Nailing Down Civilian Jobs Can Be Stressful
By Lisa Eckelbecker, Telegram & Gazette Staff
Photo by Telegram & Gazette
Ben Mehr (left) and Helder Machado (right)
WORCESTER - Benjamin J. Mehr carried one burden when he went to war in Iraq, and he came home to another - unemployment. The 25-year-old husband and father of two boys hauled heavy loads on his back while deployed as a specialist with the 772nd Military Police Company of the Massachusetts National Guard in Taunton, only to return in October 2009 with a herniated disk injury to his back and the discovery that the ailment would prohibit him from returning to work as a carpenter.
He searched for jobs and took a temporary position as a Census worker.
"I ran across not being able to translate my skills to a civilian position," said Mr. Mehr, who lives in Northboro. "The jobs out there were things I didn't have any experience in. It was very overwhelming. It felt hopeless. At more than one point, I felt I wasn't going to get anywhere."
Thanks to a small nonprofit group, Guard Support of Massachusetts, Mr. Mehr found a job working for another Guard veteran, Helder A. Machado. And Mr. Machado won the first loan that Guard Support is offering under a new initiative, $40,000 that is helping him ramp up his technology business, Machado Consulting, now housed in offices on Shrewsbury Street.
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|Eastern Charitable Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant
The Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Partnership Grant to support our Emergency Financial Relief Program. Grant proceeds will directly assist National Guard families residing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with emergency financial relief assistance throughout the grant period.
"The mission of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is to contribute, in a meaningful way, to the health and vitality of the communities where we live and work," said Laura Kurzrok, Executive Director, Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. "We are grateful to those serving in the National Guard and proud to support their families."
Guard Support aids the members and families of the Mass. National Guard when deployment causes financial hardship. Families frequently need emergency financial assistance after a spouse deploys overseas. To date, over 60% of grants disbursed have been for direct Emergency Financial Relief to the families of the men and women of the Mass. National Guard.