Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Phillips 66, Lead National Corporate Sponsor of Our Campagin, Ranked as #1 Socially Responsible Employer by Students
In a survey of more than 20,800 business students at 320 colleges nationwide, Phillips 66 was ranked as the employer with the strongest degree of social responsibility.
The survey, conducted by research and advisory firm Universum, determined which American companies or organizations students deemed most ideal to work for and why. The survey found that corporate social responsibility was an important determinant for students.
This is great news for Phillips 66 and we at the American Jobs for America's Heroes campaign are not surprised to hear it. After all, it is through the company's support that our campaign is able to help the 60,000+ unemployed members of the National Guard.
In the United States today, about 20% of National Guard members are unemployed. In one state, National Guard unemployment has soared to about 40%.
Phillips 66 thinks those numbers are unacceptable. They believe that the brave men and women who have courageously and selflessly fought for our country should be able to find civilian work upon their return. So they have taken action by supporting our campaign, providing resources to build an alliance that offers a myriad of free services to both employers and applicants.
Watch our video which features representatives from Phillips 66 talking about their dedication to helping our returning heroes find jobs.
Congratulations to Phillips 66 on a well deserved recognition!
Learn more about our campaign and how you can join Phillips 66 in committing to those who have shown unwavering commitment to our nation by visiting the Center for America website.
Friday, August 9, 2013
These are real photos of National Guard members during drills, events and natural disaster situations.
Check them out and see the skills they demonstrate. Then sign up to post jobs for unemployed Guard members on the Center for America website.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
|Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)|
Last week, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (D-WA) introduced the Veterans and Service Members Employment Rights and Housing Act of 2013 in the Senate and the House, S. 1281 and H.R. 2654.
The legislation intends to end discrimination against former military service members when they apply for employment or housing, citing a study by the Center for a New American Security that reported over 50 percent of employers had a “negative stereotype” of military members and veterans.
In a show of bipartisan support, Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) joined Congressman Kilmer as a cosponsor of the bill, declaring that “Under no circumstances should the brave men and women of our armed forces face job or housing discrimination based on the service they provided our country.”
While our legislators attempt to pass comprehensive federal law to improve the lives of veterans, the American Jobs for American Heroes campaign operates at the business level to provide employment opportunities for National Guard members and veterans around the country.
Our country’s heroes deserve every possible opportunity for prosperity, and one way to provide that is to connect unemployed National Guard members, veterans, and spouses with American employers. If you would like to help our campaign or simply learn more, please visit the American Jobs for American Heroes website today or follow us on Twitter @USJobs4USHeroes.
Friday, July 19, 2013
|Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)|
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Unfortunately, the negative effects of these furloughs do not stop at simple pay cuts for civilians and other Defense Department employees. As these cuts are implemented, leaders and organizations around the country are beginning to realize the incredible breadth of unintended consequences of the cuts.
In three Gulf Coast states, republican lawmakers who previously championed sequestration are now asking President Obama to end sequester-mandated National Guard furloughs. Governors Rick Scott, Bobby Jindal and Phil Bryant, of Florida, Louisiana, and Florida, respectively, have stated that as Tropical Storm Chantal heads closer to Florida, sequestration is “costing the state in readiness.”
Governor Scott spoke more specifically to National Guard furlough concerns in a radio interview recently, saying, “The problem is you’re losing training time, you’re losing preparation time. When will the National Guard make the decision that we stop the furloughs? Right after the hurricane hits?”
Natural disasters are not the only tragedy that furloughs might exacerbate. In Chicago, following a 4th of July weekend where 74 people were shot and 12 were killed, State Rep. Monique Davis has asked that Gov. Patrick Quinn “order the Illinois National Guard…to come to Chicago and work with our mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to provide safety for the children, especially, and for all who walk in Chicago.”
But will the Illinois National Guard have enough resources to help? According to CBS St. Louis, 1,300 employees of the Illinois Guard “will be taking 14 days of furloughs through the end of this fiscal year.”
Just like the needs of the citizens of places like Florida and Chicago do not take a day off once a week, the needs of the families of these National Guard members also don't stop.
The upcoming budget cuts mean that our heroes will need our help more than ever. If you would like to help our campaign connect unemployed National Guard members, veterans, and spouses with American employers, please visit the American Jobs for American Heroes website or follow us on Twitter today @USJobs4USHeroes.
Monday, July 8, 2013
To read more about the upcoming budget cuts, check out yesterday’s Washington Post report on defense furloughs here.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
As always, thank you for your continued dedication and support to our nation's heroes!
If you are new to the American Jobs for American Heroes campaign, please take a look at our website or follow us on Twitter today! - @USJobs4USHeroes
Monday, June 24, 2013
Friday, June 21, 2013
The American Fence Association and the National Wood Flooring Association Highlight American Jobs for American Heroes
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
What's more - It even includes links to the required IRS and DoL forms employers need to submit. With this guide in hand, your business can quickly and easily decide if your company is eligible for tax benefits and learn and how to file. Download it here to get more information on -
- Returning Heroes Tax Credit
- Wounded Warrior Tax Credit
- Activated Military Reservist Credit for Small Businesses
- Federal Empowerment Zone Employment Credit
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
|SC National Guard soldier Jonathan LeBlanc recently |
found a job with Moore Quality Builders
This simple, yet innovative, approach has plummeted the unemployment rate for soldiers from 16% to 4.7% in just two years. Wilkinson writes that by combining training workshops to teach service members how to prepare for civilian jobs with outreach to potential employers searching for skilled workers, South Carolina’s program has successfully fit together the two crucial pieces in its state’s unemployment puzzle.
Monday, June 10, 2013
|Robert Rummels signs 1 of his 15 new customers at a trade show|
To read Shobhana Chandra's full article at Bloomberg News, click here.
Friday, June 7, 2013
As a result of across-the-board sequestration cuts passed by Congress in 2011, the budgets of defense programs that coordinate National Guard activity in every state have been dramatically reduced.
However, the Senators have jointly denied Gov. Scott's request, and it seems as if the pay cuts will go ahead.
This could be especially devastating as the state of Florida often relies on Guardsmen and women to respond to natural disasters. And forecasters predict that 7 to 11 hurricanes and 13 to 20 storms with winds over 39 mph will occur this season.
Florida Senate President Don Gaetz agreed with Gov. Scott in a public statement yesterday: "Isn't it the height of irony to say, "Thank you for your service and, by the way, we’re cutting your pay when you’re coming home from a war zone." He added that he will continue to search for ways to get the attention of the federal government.
With sequestration cuts affecting National Guard programs and military families across the country, there is no better time to help our servicemen and women.
American Jobs for American Heroes is a campaign working to make sure military veterans and spouses have the resources and opportunities to find the jobs that they need to support their families during these hard times. More than 3.5 million have benefited from the program's job training and recruiter placement services, but many more still need our help. To learn more about the program please visit our website today.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Secondly, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce has jumped on board bringing the number of Chambers who support our cause to more than 50%. We were very pleased that they dedicated space on their Military Affairs Committee page to promote our new campaign video and encourage their members to post jobs.
You can join the numerous supporters of AJAH by visiting the Center for America website.
The New York job fair is similar to many other events hosted by Chambers of Commerce around the country, and will continue to build on the popularity of the program thus far. Since launching in March of 2011, the "Hiring Our Heroes" program has hosted over 540 job fairs and helped more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.
Today's job fair features over 60 employers, a rèsume writing workshop, and classroom session to teach job interview techniques. To read more about attending the event, you can click here.
While the "Hiring Our Heroes" program is well on its way to achieving its goal of helping 500,000 veterans find jobs, there is still significant work to be done. Unemployment rates for veterans and members of the National Guard are far higher than the average unemployment rate. Our veterans are skilled, dedicated professionals who have an immense amount to offer the professional sector, but the transition from military to civilian life is often difficult.
The American Jobs for American Heroes campaign is focused on job creation and job readiness for the U.S. military. Our nation's soldiers make huge sacrifices during their time in active duty, and we believe that they should not have to sacrifice opportunities for employment when they return home. To learn more about our cause and how to help our servicemen and women, please visit the American Jobs for American Heroes website today.
Friday, May 31, 2013
This year, the manufacturing and energy industries topped the list of Military Friendly Employers, taking up five of the top ten positions with companies like General Electric, CSX Corporation, and Southern Company.
These organizations have been recognized for their initiative to provide employment opportunities for our armed forces, and the success of their practices represents an even greater opportunity for major companies and trade associations to hire experienced, professional veterans to alleviate their skills shortage problems.
For more information on how to join these Military Friendly companies and the American Jobs for American Heroes campaign in helping unemployed National Guard members, veterans, and spouses find skilled jobs in the private sector, please visit the Center for America website today.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The bill was cosponsored by Rep. Anne Gonzales (R-Westerville) and Rep. Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton), and gathered widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans after its introduction this March. Leaders in the House such as Rep. Brian Hill (R-Gainesville) applauded the bill's passage, announcing that "this bill comes at a great time when an industry such as shale development is looking for a well-trained and dedicated workforce. We want to welcome our veterans home and help them find employment."
H.B. 98 helps veterans apply for professional licenses in Ohio, a state where the military specialties taught by the Ohio National Guard directly relate to 47 of the 66 professional licenses offered. Additionally, the bill offers extensions of licenses to members of the National Guard whose licenses have expired while they were mobilized overseas.
The bill will now move to the Ohio Senate, where it is expected to pass easily. Members of the House continue to throw their support behind the bill, including Rep. Mark Romanchuk (R-Ontario), who stressed that the bill ensures that when "Ohio military veterans return home, they are not at a disadvantage in finding work." "This is common sense legislation that permits returning heroes to re-enter the workforce without delay,” he said.
If you would like to help the servicemen and women in your community find employment, please visit the Center for America website to learn more about the American Jobs for American Heroes campaign.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
In a section titled, "Resources addressing where to find qualified job candidates," the article mentions our campaign!
Read the full article here and see how our "free service enables employers to post jobs...for direct access by hundreds of state National Guard employment counselors who actively match job candidates with the employer’s job requirements."
Thanks, SHRM, for your support!
- Brigadier General Marianne Watson, National Guard
- Larry Ziemba and Peter Terenzio, Phillips 66
- Dave Tilstone, National Tooling and Machining Assn
- Stacy Bayton and Erin Voirol, CASY-MSCCN
- Ted Toth, Rosenberger-Toth Industries
- Todd Young, Center for America
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
WIN Magazine just published an excellent article about the National Guard and the AJAH campaign and we couldn't be more excited about it!
The article, authored by Larry Ziemba, executive vice president of Phillips 66 and chairman of the AJAH Campaign Advisory Council, explains the tremendous opportunities for employers in hiring Guard members.
The article is insightful and inspiring and we are very grateful to the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) for publishing this fantastic cover story for their 1.28 million readers.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
|Carl Levin, The senior U.S. senator from Michigan|
and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Levin explains the value of these civilian soldiers to the US military and raises concerns about several problems facing them today.
He notes that members of the National Guard and Reserve units often live far away from military bases and therefore struggle to get much-needed mental and physical heath services which are offered by the Defense Department. He underscores this important point by referrencing recent testimony about the growing number of suicides in the National Guard and Reserves.
Importantly for our campaign, Levin also pointed to the high level of unemployment that plagues the civilian warrior community.
While in Michigan, Levin spoke to a National Research Summit on Reserve Component Families. In his piece, he expressed gratitude for their efforts and the efforts of others to improve the lives of members of the National Guard and Reserve forces.
Today, we are also grateful for their work and for the work of Senator Levin whose excellent op-ed is bringing awareness to a crucial issue.
Look for ways to get involved in finding jobs for heroes on the Center for America website.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Founded in 1911, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) is the state's chamber of commerce and largest business trade association representing more than 3,500 employers of every size and from every sector of the economy.
We are thrilled to have WMC's support through their great signage and their commitment to encouraging their members to post jobs on the Center for America site.
If you would like to join WMC and the many other state chambers that support AJAH, visit the Center for America site today.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Press Release from AJAH: National Guard-Veterans Jobs Campaign Joins White House Push for “Streamlined Employment Opportunities”
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
An op-ed published this week by the South Carolina Post and Courier tackles that issue head-on.
Penned by John Green, a retired officer of the 315th Airlift Wing, Air Force Reserve in Charleston and the state chair of South Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, the op-ed trumpets the state's accomplishments in lowering unemployment rates among National Guard Service members and issues a call to action for continued support efforts.
In the fall of 2011, Green writes, 14% of South Carolina National Guard members were unemployed. Today, that number is down to 3.9%. This is the result, Green says, of government programs and private sector support.
But the state's good work cannot stop now, says Green. He challenges South Carolina employers to go beyond hiring and take on a support role as their National Guard member employees continue their commitments to the Guard and provide quick response to overseas combat and domestic crises.
Read Green's full op-ed here.
Importantly, Green and many others have noted that hiring National Guard members is well worth any compromise necessary to accommodate their training and deployment schedules because Guard members are well-trained leaders who bring integrity, perspective and toughness to the workplace.
If you think your business would benefit from National Guard employees, register to submit your open jobs to American Jobs for America's Heroes on the Center for America website.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
PMA is a partnership of industry contractors, manufacturers, wholesalers and industry affiliate members who commit to providing business management tools for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and other Industry Professionals. PMA is affiliated with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC).
Representing the interests of the industry since 1892, PMA has a special focus on education and communication. For example, PMA offers several education and training courses (e.g., for state licensing exams). You can learn more about those programs here.
|Photo from Slate.com|
Last night, a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant rocked the small town of West, Texas. The plant is located near a residential area and early reports indicate that between five and 15 people were killed and over 160 people were injured in the blast.
As with the marathon early this week, National Guard members lived up to their "Always Ready, Always There" motto and were among the first responders.
The Associated Press reported this morning that about 20 members of the Texas National Guard were on the scene.
According to the report, the unit on-hand typically has mobile labs and can perform air monitoring while also assessing chemical and biological hazards at disasters.
This is another terrible tragedy and another reminder to be grateful for the constant readiness and willingness of the US National Guard members.
Take a moment to show your gratitude by registering to submit jobs and hire heroes on the Center for America website.
MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Good afternoon. It is truly a pleasure to be here in Maryland today.
But before we get started, I want to take a moment to say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston. My husband continues to monitor the situation, and he has directed the full resources of the federal government to assist state and local authorities as they investigate this horrific act.
|First lady Michelle Obama witnesses bill signing.|
Photo from The White House
And that is the spirit of Boston, but it is also the spirit of this country. And in many ways, that’s the spirit of service and sacrifice that we are here to honor today.
So I want to thank Governor O’Malley for hosting us, but also for his tremendous leadership for the state of Maryland and for all of his efforts on behalf of our troops, veterans, and military families.
I also want to thank Lieutenant Governor Brown; the Secretary of the Navy, Secretary Mabus; and all of the servicemembers from Fort Meade and the United States Naval Academy who are here with us today.
And I’d like to recognize all of the Maryland state legislators: Attorney General Gansler, Mayor Cohen, the representatives we have here from veterans service organizations and the University of Maryland, and to all of the military family members who are joining us today. Welcome, and thank you for being here.
And, finally, I want to thank Senior Chief Hite and his wonderful family who I got to meet -- Mom and Dad are here, and his handsome son, who I will embarrass -- (laughter) -- but we are proud of you all. But I want to thank you all for your service to this country, because the truth is, is that every family member serves, and every time I meet a servicemember, a veteran, I don’t just thank him or her, I think children and parents and grandparents and brothers and sisters, because everyone in some way is part of that service. And thank you for sharing your story with us today.
Two years ago, Jill Biden and I launched Joining Forces in large part because we’d heard too many stories like that of Senior Chief Hite’s. We had heard the stories of military spouses like Janelle Gray, whose husband serves in the Air Force at Fort Meade.
Janelle was a professional counselor for seven years in Minnesota and North Dakota. But when she and her husband were transferred here to Maryland, she found out that she’d either have to wait three years or take additional coursework and get extra training before she could get back to work.
And then there were all the veterans we’d heard from -- the Army medics who couldn’t get jobs as EMTs; the Marine welders who couldn’t land a manufacturing job here; or the convoy drivers who couldn’t get hired to drive a semi.
Earlier today, I was over at the U.S. Naval Academy, and I met with some wonderful individuals who are here today in the healthcare professions who have served this country for years -- even decades -- and have mastered so many highly technical, high-demand skills.
But even with all that experience, these men and women wouldn’t even be considered for entry-level jobs in their fields because they didn’t have the right civilian credentials. And all of this is happening after we have already asked so much of our troops.
We have asked them to risk their lives in combat, manage dozens of peers, operate complicated machinery, oversee millions of dollars of assets, and save lives on the battlefield. And then, when they come home, we’re also asking them to repeat months of training for skills they’ve already mastered. So we have to ask ourselves: How does this make sense?
And the same is true for our military spouses. We’re asking them to juggle a full-time job and their family’s finances, and the entire household all alone while their spouse is deployed overseas. And we’re asking them to move their families to new communities and new states every couple of years. And after they do all that, we’re also asking them to wait months and pay hundreds of dollars in fees just to be able to continue their careers?
That’s just not right. And let me be clear -- this is about more than just eliminating a few bureaucratic headaches for these men and women. This is about improving the financial security for thousands of military families. It’s about giving veterans and their spouses an opportunity to build their careers and create a better future for their children.
So with all of that on the line, we knew we had to get this fixed. And that meant we had to turn to state leaders like so many of you here in this room, because you all are the only ones who can make an impact on these licensing issues.
And I’m here today not just because Annapolis is beautiful -- which it is, and I wish I could stay and have ice cream and crab cakes -- (laughter) -- but I would clog up the city. I will be back. (Laughter.) But I’m here today because here in Maryland, you all have done just that.
You have come together to take a bold step forward on behalf of our troops, veterans, and military families. And by doing so, your state is joining a growing list of states that are addressing this issue.
Since last year, when I spoke to our nation’s governors about the issues facing military spouses, the number of states that have passed laws to help those spouses has more than tripled -- from 11 to 36. And since we spoke with the governors again at the end of February of this year, this time about veterans issues, 13 states, including Maryland, have acted to help our veterans earn credentials.
And let me tell you, your bill here in Maryland is one of the best bills that we have seen in this entire country. You all are tackling three big issues all at once. You’re helping our veterans obtain professional credentials. You’re helping them earn college credit. And you’re making it easier for military spouses to continue their careers as they transfer to your state.
So I want to say a huge thank you to Governor O’Malley for his leadership on this effort and to all of the legislators who have made our military families a priority. You all didn’t just ask yourselves, can we do this. You asked yourselves, how can we do it right; how can we serve our men and women in uniform as well as they’ve served us.
But I also want to make an important point here: This is not simply about patriotism and repaying our debt to our servicemen and women. This is also about putting highly skilled individuals to work in communities all across Maryland and throughout the country. It’s about strengthening our hospitals and our schools, and making our businesses more productive and dynamic.
That’s why the bill that’s being signed into law today is so important. And I want you to know that we’re working at the federal level to address these issues as well. For example, my husband has championed programs to help our troops get their civilian credentials in areas like manufacturing, medicine, and transportation before they leave the Armed Forces. And I want to recognize the Navy, in particular, for leading the way on this issue with sailors earning more than 80,000 credentials in the last six years.
So all of these efforts couldn’t be more important as we look at what’s coming in the years ahead. With the Iraq war over, the war in Afghanistan winding down, more than a million servicemembers are going to be hanging up their uniforms and transitioning back to civilian life. And that comes on top of the hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses already out there looking for work.
So even though we’ve made a lot of progress on veterans employment over the past few years, as a country, we still have a lot more work to do. And that means we need to redouble our efforts across the board. We need more businesses to make big, bold commitments to hire and train our veterans and military spouses. We need more hospitals and colleges and employers from every sector to recognize our veterans’ and military spouses’ unique skills and experiences, and give them a fair shot at a job. We need every single state that has not already acted on these licensing and credentialing issues to follow Maryland’s lead and clear away every unnecessary obstacle facing our veterans and military spouses.
And while these bills are a wonderful first step, we can’t rest until we’ve worked with our licensing boards, colleges, and universities to make sure these bills are fully implemented so that our veterans and military spouses get the credentials and the jobs they need.
And if we all step up in this way, if we all keep coming together on this issue, we will be sending a powerful message of love and support that makes a real, concrete difference for our military families. We’ll be helping them build their careers, support their families, and find new ways to serve this country, which they so desperately want to do. And that’s what Joining Forces is about. And that’s why we’re not going to stop working until every state has enacted legislation to address these issues. We’re not going to stop until every single military family in America gets the honor and support they’ve earned.
And so to all the military families here today, I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that we are going to do whatever it takes to make that happen. We are in this for the long haul. And we are bound and determined to repay your service and sacrifice with service and sacrifice of our own.
So to our servicemembers and military families, thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for everything you have done for this country, and everything you will continue to do in the years ahead. And to all the elected officials, to the leaders from the University of Maryland, to all the people of this great state, thank you for stepping up to show your support for these brave men and women.
I look forward to continuing our work together in the months and years ahead. Thank you, God bless, and let’s get some signing done. (Applause.)
2012 House Committee on Veteran's Affairs Hearing: Lowering the Rate of Unemployment for the National Guard
Some call it discrimination. Others call joining the National Guard a career killer.
A little over a year ago the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity held a hearing on this very issue called "Lowering the Rate of Unemployment for the National Guard."
In his opening statement, Hon. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN), then the chairman of the subcommittee said, "As the owner of a small business, I understand the pressures on employers that the loss of a critical employee creates. But in the end, the question I always ask is, who is making the greater sacrifice, the employer or the service member who is literally going in harm’s way and that member’s family who must cope with all the stresses of a deployment?"
Hon. Bruce Brayle (D-IA), then the subcommittee's ranking member, echoed the same sentiment in his opening statement saying, "It is our responsibility to create a culture where all American businesses recognize the important service of their employees who have answered the call to duty. Employers are vital to empowering employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserves. We want all of our veterans to succeed and we want their employers to do well also."
Catch up on this important issue and hear input from employers and veterans by watching the archived webcast of the hearing here.
Then register on the Center for America website to hire the many heroes who are searching for jobs.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
One article published before the race quoted Pfc. Matthew S. Knowlton, a military policeman assigned to a spot at the starting line. Knowlton said, “This is a very positive setting, I’m just happy to be here. There are a lot of people here but it’s a great crowd.”
But, as we all know by now, a day that began like the many previous ones in which the Guard has been called upon to assist local law enforcement at the race took a decidedly different and unbelievably tragic turn.
|National Guard: Always Ready|
Photo from MSN
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick highlighted the work of the Guard when he explained in a press conference that the Guard was securing the scene and limiting access to it. He has noted that their work will be ongoing for the next few days.
In addition, President Obama heralded the Guard's assistance when he said, "Boston police, firefighters, and first responders as well as the National Guard responded heroically, and continue to do so as we speak."
By early yesterday morning, more then 1,000 members of the Massachusetts National Guard as well as Guard members from nearby states had descended on Boston to provide support.
As our hearts mourn for the people affected and the whole city of Boston, we also salute the bravery of the many National Guard members who took action immediately and selflessly in a most unexpected and horrific emergency.
Today, more than ever, commit to supporting our troops by registering to hire heroes on the Center for America website.