One of the easiest solved problems facing the American disabled and otherwise abled community is employment in theory at least. All we the American corporate community have to do is get our heads out of our asses and stop equating a missing limb with mental deficiency or a wheelchair with retardation.
One of the smartest most capable women I know is an amputee. One of the most honorable and capable people I have ever met and had the honor to call friend had a limb amputated before puberty hit and has been recognized for his contributions to his nation and his peers by his and my country Australia. He is an Olympic hero, and also I don’t doubt a hero to the community he so proudly represents.
When our youngest and bravest who so fearlessly cried “I’m here send me” come home limbless, disabled or with closed head injuries, do we repeat their cry and serve them? No, as a rule, we kick them to the curb!
When the disabled who, many times, are twice as qualified as their able-bodied competitors are over looked. not because they are not qualified. but simply because they have one less limb astounds and confounds me!
When our bravest return many are without work to the point where they lose everything, does the government step up and save them? Not soon enough. At the moment 18-25 soldiers a day who made it home kill themselves, and yes this is in large part because of PTSD but feelings of failing ones family and losing everything has to play a part.
Recently a group of patriotic companies started holding “hire a returned veteran job fairs.” These were not government organized, they were private and one of the most recognizable faces to lead the charge was the lead singer and CEO of the mega group KISS, Gene Simmons. Gene is an immigrant. He was born in Israel and is well known for his ongoing support of the troops out of his undying gratitude for his adopted country. When Gene heard about this initiative, he decided that all the auxiliary staff such as roadies and tech help for their upcoming world tour would be hired from the pool of returned veterans.
Today on a morning show, he hired KISS’s newest head roadie, a veteran of 21 years of military service including three tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq and the survivor of two woundings in battle. He challenged and shamed the corporate community of America to do the same live on camera. Yes the veterans are important and must be respected, but I can add to that, once again please do not discount the disabled applicant who roll or walks into your office to apply. You will, if you decide to employ them, not only solve their problem of unemployment and your problem of a vacancy in your workforce, but you will also gain a fiercly loyal, dedicated new member of your company. You will be removing an entire family from the national welfare pool and every time you do you put more cash flow back into the national financial system. In doing so you too serve your country as they did. Of course, I realize no one is shooting at you as you serve but that’s the reason to hire them they took the enemy fire for you so it’s only right that like them, you leave no man behind.