ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley Furniture Industries has been designated a 2022 bronze-level Military Friendly Employer by VIQTORY, a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that connects military veterans with education and career opportunities in civilian life.
Six U.S. military veterans, all of served in active duty roles in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, were selected to join a free woodturning program that provides them with a slew of woodworking equipment, tools and materials, as well as training in the art of woodturning. The vets, five of whom served in the U.S. Army and one in the U.S. Marines, were part of flood of applicants in this year's program, said Paul Mayer, owner of the ToolMetrix Youtube channel and founder of the VetsTurn program. Several were wounded in combat or suffer from PTSD as a result of the experience.
Participants can turn their own pen to take home, and Rockler will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from the classes to the National Veterans Foundation.
The Patriot Woodworker, an organization dedicated to sharing the equipment, skills and love of woodworking with wounded veterans, recently announced it has equipped a woodworking shop for an Iraqi War veteran with severe visual and speech impairment.
The Home Depot announced a new initiative aimed at arming U.S. service men and women with the knowledge and resources they need to successfully transition into the civilian workforce.