Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blacksand Group Seeks Ranger/SOF Veterans

Blacksand Group is currently seeking resumes of individuals who would be willing to work on Ships or Oil Platforms in the West Africa area. This contract is in the planning stage and is not in hand as of this time, however as soon as it is in hand you will be notified. 

This project is being led by Blacksand (BSG) Group US, BSG Is led by Eric L Haney and Abraham Golan the project manager for this project will be Don Feeney. Both Eric and Don are former members of the 1st RBN and of US Army Delta Force. Eric and Don have worked together in the contracting community for over twenty five years. Mr Golan was an officer in the French Foreign Legion and within Israeli Special Forces, with more than twenty years experience in the Middle East and Africa.

Individual Requirements
Must have at least three years of military background with one six month tour overseas, DD214 will be required. A short Resume should also be provided,  applicants must provide a waist up photo , must be at least twenty five years of age and physically fit.

Contract Requirements
This will be a six month contract with no rotations, if the contract gets extended, leave status and contracts will be negotiated . And yes we do feel this contract will get extended.  Each five man team will consist of one team leader and four security look-outs.  Teams will rotate from duties on-board ship or oil platform to on-shore QRF and downtime. 

Pay for team member will be $6000 USD paid by direct deposit and a 1099 will be issued, Team leaders a bit higher, all other expense will be paid by client. i.e. Food, laundry, housing and transportation.

Please sent all info thru e-mail to  and CC

Monday, May 7, 2012

Calling Unemployed Veterans ages 35-60

Are you or do you know an unemployed Veteran age 35-60?

If so, there is a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor's (DOL) education benefit program that helps train Veterans in high demand occupations.

As a user (I received this today - Karl) we would like to share information about our new programs and benefits that are underway due to the enactment of a new law. In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the President signed into law the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 last November.  Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed Veterans, which VA begins accepting applications May 15, 2012.
VRAP will provide 99,000 eligible Veterans with up to one year of additional Montgomery GI Bill benefits in order to help you earn training and certifications in high-demand job. In order to receive these benefits, you must attend a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school.

The requirements to be eligible for the VRAP program are:
  • You must be unemployed the day you apply
  • You must be least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • You must have an other than dishonorable discharge
  • You must not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
  • You must not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU)
  • You cannot be enrolled in a federal or state job training program
  • You must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school
You can begin applying May 15, 2012, but cannot start any education or training until June 1, 2012 and you must apply to VA by March 31, 2014.

I cannot encourage you enough to take advantage of this unique opportunity if you are eligible, and if you are not, but know a fellow Veteran, who may be eligible, please pass this information along to them.

Also under this new law,  if you are a Veteran with a service-connected disability and have previously completed a VA vocational rehabilitation program and have used the initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits you may qualify for an additional 12 months of VA vocational rehabilitation benefits.  To be eligible you must:

  • Have previously completed a VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program and been considered "rehabilitated" by VA.
  • Apply within six months of using up your initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. You may still qualify for extended or emergency unemployment benefits.
To apply or learn more information about VRAP or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits, including on how to apply please visit

Thank you for your service to our country and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors!
Curtis L. Coy
       Deputy Under Secretary    Economic Opportunity

Friday, May 4, 2012

Job Opportunity: Tactical Assault Gear Mid-West Sales

Company: Tactical Assault Gear (TAG); Tactical Assault Gear, known throughout the world as TAG is the industry leading tactical nylon manufacturer & tactical products distributor of cutting edge tactical gear for today's Military and Law Enforcement personnel.

Job Title: Mid-West Sales Account Manager

Job Description: Candidate will lead efforts to develop and capture tactical product sales related business in the Mid-West sales territory hereby identified as, but not limited to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Ideal candidate will reside near Fort Carson, Fort Riley, Fort Hood or Fort Bliss.  Candidate will be required to create and enhance new business strategies, identify and develop tactical product sales opportunities and lead efforts to capture and close opportunities. Candidate will be required to develop relationships with potential military, federal and other customers, industry partners, and organizations that may require and/or utilize tactical products. Candidate will also provide support to the organization's leadership and act on its behalf as needed.  Candidate has accountability to shape and win new business through a balanced focus on customer needs, opportunity value, the competitive environment, and the corporation's best interests.

Physical Requirements:
Must be able to operate autonomously; execute 50% or more travel.  Execute all corporate tradeshow and conference requirements as needed.

Job Requirements:
  • Demonstrate a proven track record in military tactical product sales.
  • Experience in the DOD environment in identifying, qualifying, capturing and working tactical product related programs.
  • Able to think strategically, create and execute a strategy, per corporate direction that enables the sale of tactical products within specified/assigned sales territory.
  • Able to craft and present strategic opportunity briefs to senior corporate executive & military leadership; understand and articulate customer tactical product requirements.
  • Must have excellent communication, relationship building skills, and works extremely well with people. Be organized and able to multi-task and prioritize multiple programs and opportunities.
  • Be familiar with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation (DFAR) and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) processes.
Desired Skills:
  • Prior military experience is highly desired.
  • DoD logistics and/or material acquisition experience/training is highly desired.
  • National Guard/Reserve sales experience is desired.
  • Knowledge and experience with proposal development & response is desired.
  • Education Requirements: Bachelor degree from an accredited college in a related discipline, or equivalent experience/combined education, with 3-5 years or more of successful tactical product sales experience.

Point of Contact: 

Ty Manns
Director, TAG

Free Bidet for Triple/Quad Amputees

Please spread the word - Karl

FREE - We have a limited number of bidet handicapped toilet seats to give to triple and quadruple amputees. The Brondell Swash bidet toilet seat provides a hands free cleansing warm water bidet wash (posterior/butt or feminine/front) and a warm air dryer. It features a wireless remote control to aid the user or care giver allowing one to be more independent in the bathroom while also providing better personal hygiene. Imagine how this can ease your life! We are thrilled to offer this to you at NO CHARGE just simply click the link below and tell us your story, and we will ship a Brondell Swash bidet seat to you courtesy of Tee Shirts 4 Troops and our partner Brondell. We will not solicit or sell your name. We highly protect your personal information.

This seat retails for $599.00 but is free to triple and quadruple amputee troops. It can be installed in about 20 minutes on your existing toilet fixture (it replaces your existing toilet seat) and does NOT require a plumber! Simple skills required to install – if you can put on a regular toilet seat, you can install this one. Click on my email and send us your info and we'll help you out. Please remember there is a limited number of these free seats, so act quickly.

We are a not for profit, Tee Shirts 4 Troops (    ) that have been working in Walter Reed/Bethesda for the past several years. We may have even given you one of our signature Super Hero Tee Shirts! We look forward to making your life 'easier' with the Swash! It rocks!

Veteran Unemployment Rate Update April 2012

This morning the government released the latest unemployment numbers.  Here is the raw data for veterans.

Overall unemployment percentages dropped.  Overall civilian, non-veteran unemployment rate is 7.6%, Down from 8.2% last month.  Overall veteran dropped from 7.5% to 7.1%, as did GWOT veterans from 10.3% to 9.2% and Gulf War era from 5.6% to 5.2%.

Note the difference between non-veterans and GWOT veterans.  GWOT vets have a 17% higher unemployment rate that non-vets.

These are comparison average unemployment rates from January 2011 through April 2012:  I am using a seventeen month time frame to allow for months when the rate goes way up or way down so we have a more accurate picture.

The average veteran is 11.1% LESS likely to be unemployed than the average non-vet.
The average GWOT veteran is 31.3% MORE likely to be unemployed than the average non-vet.
The average Gulf War veteran is 22.7% LESS likely to be unemployed than the average non-vet.


The average male veteran is 12.5% LESS likely.
The average male GWOT vet is 23.4% MORE likely.
The average male Gulf War vet is 26.7% LESS likely.

WOMEN (this should grab your attention)

The average female veteran is 5.1% MORE likely.
The average female GWOT veteran is 53% MORE likely.
The average female Gulf War veteran is 22.7% LESS likely to be unemployed than the average female non-vet.

If you like charts, this is the data visually:

Overall veterans

Male veterans

Female veterans

This does not account for those veterans who are part-time or under-employed.  I suspect the under-employed is of equal or greater importance than the unemployment numbers.

Veterans of conflicts prior to 9/11 enjoy a much lower unemployment rate than those who stepped up post 9/11.  This data tells us we have to do more to help our newest veterans, those who are carrying the burden of keeping us secure - those who are at war.  This country is not at war - but our military is.  Remember our culture now is one that ignores the best while celebrating the least.  This is but another indicator.

Reach out and help a young veteran land a great job.  Our communities will be much better in the long run.

RLTW  Karl