Jim Educates Warriors helps former military

SPECTRUM/Professor James A. Taibleson operates Jim Educates Warriors, a team that provides a full range of free services - such as career advice, resume preparation and job placement - to members of the military.
SPECTRUM/Professor James A. Taibleson operates Jim Educates Warriors, a team that provides a full range of free services - such as career advice, resume preparation and job placement – to members of the military.Deborah Rose

As wars in the Middle East march on, American troops who have completed tours return home, unsure of what the future holds.

It can be a tough transition for service men and women.

While many Americans recognize this, they are not sure what, if anything, they can do to help.

Jim Taibleson has found a way to assist these veterans.

Mr. Taibleson, who has a home in Kent, has created "Jim Educates Warriors," a team of like-minded individuals willing to provide free services to veterans.

"I decided to take action to form a grassroots team to support our best people," Mr. Taibleson said.

Mr. Taibleson is a registered investment advisor and financial consultant, who also works as an adjunct associate professor of financial management at the New York School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

He said the idea for "Jim Educates Warriors" developed from his growing concern for the lack of support given to returning soldiers.

The most pressing issue for veterans is the need to find employment. And they often need help preparing a resume.

Such help might involve adapting a veteran's military training into skills applicable in the job market.

Volunteers could simply offer their time to provide moral support, to let a veteran know he or she is appreciated.

"These men and women deserve preferential treatment because they have stood between us and dark forces," Mr. Taibleson said.

Other free services offered through "Jim Educates Warriors" include business mentoring, career advice, financial life skills, tutoring, spiritual guidance and employment opportunities.

Referred to as "Fellow Travelers," Mr. Taibleson's team includes professionals who have a wide array of life and business experiences.

One of these individuals is Eddie McGuire, a West Point graduate and software sales representative for Microsoft who offers "military coaching" services.

He is able to provide returning servicemen and women with insights to "the business world's need for committed, organized, dedicated, loyal and disciplined workers."

Mr. Taibleson is in the process of relocating to Kent on a full-time basis and hopes to become active in the local community.

He wants to share his mission to help veterans as they adapt to civilian life, and as they seek opportunities in the workforce.

Mr. Taibleson is passionate about his mission to serve returning soldiers who have sacrificed themselves to preserve the liberties Americans enjoy, and often take for granted.

"We need to tell them that they matter," Mr. Taibleson concluded. "And to thank them."

For more information about Jim Educates Warriors, visit www.jimeducateswarriors.com or call (917) 494-4391.