Mission Statement

This Able Vet LLC™ EMPOWERS Veterans and communities through the ARTS via Country Music Star Michael Peterson's nationally recognized powerful moving tribute and insight to our military men and women who have stepped up in service to their Nation.  This  acclaimed musical experience  from the We Are Veteran's ™ Tour "Wave On Old Glory, Wave On" was delivered in over 50 venues in 2013 alone!  Here is a preview www.Vimeo.com/64680030

This Able Vet LLC™ consults in the Human Resource arena of organizations hiring Military Veterans to mutually sustain the value of the Organization and the Veterans’ investment in the workforce offering comprehensive wellness based HR solutions. 

We positively change "The Story" about Veterans with disabilities by encouraging and equipping Veterans to apply the fullness of their strengths and abilities in the civilian arena. We accomplish this via our public platforms, our connections and a growing understanding of the resources available through Integrative Medicine.

We provide complimentary and Integrative tools to empower Veterans and Military Family members to take charge of their health.

We personally utilize the tools listed below and collaborate with each of the significant leaders focusing on Empowering our Veterans and Military Family members to take charge of their own health.

Tools to assist with the challenges of PTS to support Sleep, Nutrition and Activity include:

 

      Guided Imagery:                              http://www.healthjourneys.com/default.asp

      HeartMath:                                       http://www.heartmath.org      Brain Health:                                    http://www.amenclinics.com/
   Wellness Coaching                            https://www.wellpeople.com    Fit Bit                                                http://www.fitbit.com    Healing Touch                                  https://www.healingtouchinternational.org/    Emotional Freedom Technique       http://www.attractingabundance.com/eft/about-carol/    Soldier 360                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVMoEcso59w   B.R.E.A.T.H. Center                         http://www.thebreathcenter.org/dr-virginia-schoenfeld/

 

Generous grants From AOL/PBS and Makers, Operation One Nation and Thrivent have allowed This Able Vet, LLC to provide these tools free of charge to those Veterans and Military Family Members who are ready to take ownership of their health.

Why this mission? A Must View Documentary provides the facts behind our mission:

http://www.cchr.org/documentaries/the-hidden-enemy.html

After experiencing first hand the devastating impact of combat related stress as a survivor of the 9-11 Pentagon attack, COL (R) Jill Chambers then discovered a long history of similarly affected Veterans in her own family. (See letter and photo below)

Their distinguished service and subsequent lack of understanding about Post Traumatic Stress as well as the absence of resource available to help them recover, left a legacy of pride for her family but also of pain for generations.

Deeply moved by these revelations and how to apply this understanding and applicable resources to support organizations hiring Veterans, she founded This Able Vet LLC.

In May 2012 the Institute for Veterans and Military Families prepared a thorough handbook titled: GUIDE TO LEADING POLICIES, PRACTICES & RESOURCES: SUPPORTING THE EMPLOYMENT OF VETERANS & MILITARY FAMILIES.

As an Advisory Board Member of the Institute, Jill clearly understands the significance of the below brief from the handbook and has focused her mission on keying in on delivering approaches to support Hiring Mangers, HR personnel and our Veterans.

From the Handbook:

Our nation’s employers have, in essence, been handed a workforce of men and women who are highly trained and, in some cases, uniquely skilled. These are individuals who are creative, focused on the mission, can motivate a team, identify and solve problems, and deliver outcomes that will contribute positively to the bottom line. Further, military veterans are well positioned to meet the demand for a skilled workforce, and through their service have demonstrated the ability to function in dynamic environments. In fact, in today’s fast-paced American workplace, it’s hard to imagine what’s not appealing about a job candidate who really means it when he or she checks “yes” next to the box that says, “Works well under pressure.”

All this said, data published by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) over the past four years consistently suggests that the employment situation of recent veterans compares unfavorably to non-veterans. This raises the question, what explains this disparity, and how can it be addressed in a way that benefits Veterans, communities and the nation’s employers?

One explanation is likely a lack of understanding among employers as to the underlying business case for hiring military veterans. Another contributing factor is likely a lack of understanding among hiring managers and human resources personnel as to the most efficient and effective approaches to recruit, acclimate, develop, and otherwise cultivate a robust veteran workforce.

 

 

 

SGT John W. Taylor, U.S. Army WWI - Jill's Grandfather


 

 

 

Mr. John W. Taylor entered our employ in October of 1922, the man standing a little over 6 feet and apparently in the very best of health, asking for a position which was not open at that time, but subsequently was given an opportunity to demonstrate his ability and knowledge. He was finally give steady employment after the first of December that year.

Within the course of six months it was noticed that Mr. Taylor had frequently to retire for a short time, and was subject to violent fits of vomiting, followed by headaches which he relieved somewhat by the use of colored glasses. He never would say anything about his physical troubles until within a year when questioned closely he admitted his war career and described in detail his volunteering for army service – that of railroad work for which he was particularly fitted, having been an expert switchman in the yards of his home town LaCrosse Wisconsin. A number of them went in the same enlistment, almost directly to France.

Proper training and schooling of this corps, whose duties were moving heavy artillery, shifting as I were, overnight on flat car from one position to another in the lines, necessitated no detail of instruction as to the method of training-this man already being an expert. However, his general instructions included that he was not to partake of any food carried in his uniform. His attempt to satisfy his hunger by eating a partial loaf of bread resulted in almost immediate poisoning of the stomach by odorless gas. He told of his hospital experiences and admitted that he could not partake of seasoned foods without this danger of vomiting which had come under the writer’s observations.

From the 22nd of October, 1922 to the 16th of October, 1932, John Taylor even rode to and from his work in my store with myself. During that entire ten years I saw his in his home and on various trips when the store was closed. It is seldom that one can see that much of another human being-much more than you do of your own intimate family and it is true that the motives and causes of life’s work will bring out a great many things. Gradually it was impressed upon me that this man had something nobody could cure and that he was coming through with his work in life, a real soldier.

He never attempted, of his own accord, to secure anything from our government. He was willing to maintain himself and those dependent upon him.

He took the best of care of his health, such as he had, with this dreaded poisoning always with him. He finally admitted severe pains in the head, and blindness and when it was suggested by the writer that he should have a physical over-haul he consented to see the family doctor. During this examination, characteristic of the man was the lack of complaint. In fact, he was not inclined to admit his long year of suffering to this doctor. He underwent the examination, and mindful of the doctor’s suggestion decided to remain at home to relax and rest up. He was informed by the doctor that he was likely to have a nervous breakdown if he did not heed this warning. The nauseating effects of food were quite apparent when the writer visited him quite often during the short time of ten days, that he remained at home, to his death.

It would be impossible for me, not being a medical man, to explain the symptoms and this suffering over a number of years, or even the last ten days in which the man was at home with his family, but I am quite sure that the cause of his death was that of this gas poisoning caused by his services to his country.


Jill and her brother Jay say goodbye to their dad LTC


Jill and her brother Jay say goodbye to their dad LTC "Zip" Willig as he heads to Vietnam in 1967
Omaha Beach as of 2010


Omaha Beach as of 2010
Civil War Suicides


Civil War Suicides