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My name is Mark Baird. I am the founder of I write about everything that helps US veterans, the organizations that support them, and US small businesses.

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Earn a Great Living Helping Veterans

Patriotic Hearts, is a 501c3 non-profit, is focused on getting US veterans sustainably employed. Towards this effort, it has created a program to duplicate their efforts. It creates successful veteran entrepreneurs that employ other US veterans, and pays them a good, and livable wages. The business created for US veterans to own is US Military Maintenance. By doing so, Patriotic Hearts duplicates their efforts to get lots of US veterans employed well.

Already, USMM leaders are retiring after 2 years. There is enough profit to pay the veterans they hire a good and livable wage, especially if they provide “inspection ready,” military service.  More than enough is left over every month for our USMM owners and families to live well too.

On our monthly USMM Team Call today, Chris Penwarden (US Army) shared that he now is the prime contractor for 4 major commercial property companies in Georgia. He now has two US veterans that manage his business, and more than a dozen US veteran employees. Chris started 9 months ago. 

Joe Padlo (USMC Gunny) also shared today. He started 2 years ago. He is our teams’ recognized leader. Joe employs dozens of US veterans, and within two years, he is grossing well over $1 million dollars. He also provides a gym memberships at for his crews to stay military fit; health insurance, benefits, and raises and advancements to proven leaders, He runs his team just like he ran Platoons as a Gunny. Everything is done military style. Most of his employees are war veterans and wounded warriors. They love working with Joe!

Tasia Brick, is in the Navy reserves. Tasia is an extraordinary role model for modern women and girls. She is deployed overseas every 3 months. While in Bahrain, she got her USMM business started in her state of Colorado: hired several veterans and acquired several accounts. She has another successful business that is run by her too. And she has earned several certificates and college degrees to enable her to assist US veterans for the rest of her life as a counselor. Tasia is a wonderful example of the very best of women that our US military trains and strengthens, and then gives back to our American society. 

Richard Hedges (US Army) in rural Kentucky, where the largest town to him is 20 miles away, has built his business so large that he has basically retired after 2 years. He has managers, supervisors and employees that do the work, and get paid almost double the average wage in Kentucky. Richard says that he spends a lot of time with his kids and by himself in the woods, camping and fishing now. -- Richard applied himself diligently, just like he did on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He used his military training and leadership. He built a team if US veterans that care about eachother and building this business. They believe in USMM’s mission. 

There are many more examples to relate. God has blessed this ministry. I am so humbled and honored to be associated with such great American patriots that have joined the USMM team. They are all smart, creative, passionate, driven, energetic, philanthropic, veterans that have a burning desire to help other veterans, and to provide for their families, and their US veteran employees, so that financial stress and worries are removed from their lives, so that they can better serve others. 

Contact me, the founder and CEO, if you are interested in being trained and fully equipped to get your own US Military Maintenance business started, and to begin hiring and working alongside other US veterans again.

Mark Baird This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 760-730-3734

Please check out my profile:  You will find several articles I have posted about US Military Maintenance, and more. You can also see a list of our charity's programs at My primary website, job boards, and blog posts are at

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Hello, I'm Mark Baird and I founded Hire Patriots. My wife and I are 'helpers.' We are concerned about meeting the practical needs of our US veterans veterans and their families. We began a job board for local residents to post chores that they need help with. It has been very successful. Thousands of local US Military and veterans partially or entirely support themselves from our website. We are looking for others near US Military bases who would also like to have a website for their location. We also hold welcome home parties, military marriage retreats, job fairs and create military family gardens.


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