As of January 2016, T4TP:
Tech For Troops Project was founded in 2013 by Laurie Phillips, a successful technology entrepreneur in Richmond, VA, and her son Chris, a junior in business school at VCU. Chris had high school friends who had enlisted in the military after high school, and they couldn’t find jobs after returning from Afghanistan. They had no way to afford a computer necessary to apply for their military benefits, write a resume and apply for jobs.Chris wanted to help his friends, and he and Laurie began collecting used computers from friends and business contacts, refurbishing the computers in their garage, and donating them to veterans. Any unusable donation was recycled. In the first six months they gave computers to veterans training centers, outfitted a PTSD counseling center with laptops to let their veterans find quiet spots to work, put computers in every bedroom of a house for homeless female veterans who have children, and equipped the Freedom Support Center in Petersburg, VA, where veterans can get all services under one roof. Later they set up partnerships with Team Red White & Blue and the American Legion Ransom Post to distribute PCs to individual veterans. They funded the business through revenue from their programs: recycling scrap and selling unusable computers and parts.What began in the Phillips’ garage has grown exponentially, becoming a source of technology, computer training and jobs for veterans, fueled by donations of high-quality corporate PCs and a growing revenue stream from programs, resulting in recognition from the country’s highest-ranking military officer.Since 2013, T4TP has provided computers for use by more than 3,000 veterans, has collected over 5,000 computers, and has recycled more than 42 tons of materials. T4TP hires veterans without computer skills and trains them in computer repair, software administration and networking. Four veterans are employed by T4TP, and many more have gotten jobs using the computers they received. In September 2015, T4TP received an award at the Pentagon from Newman’s Own and Fisher House for their work. Although the service area has been limited to Central Virginia to date, there is demand across the country and T4TP is working on meeting those needs.
Mark Casper is Tech For Troops Project's Executive Director and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. With more than 17 years of experience spearheading multi-million dollar initiatives, managing technical teams, and building strong relationships, Mark's career has included management positions at Capital One and Northrop Grumman. In addition to holding a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, Mark is ITIL V3 certified and a certified Scrum Master. He is a Board member of Liberation Family Services and a volunteer at Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center, an organization that provides year-round therapeutic horseback riding exclusively for veterans with special needs and disabilities.
T4TP's top corporate partner, Performance Food Group, generously donates all of their computers to our organization. Corporate donors such as Bon Secours Health System and CapitalOne not only donate computers, but are also enthusiastic about hiring veterans and are organized to recruit them.The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Transition, Employment, and Economic Impact exists to help veterans achieve long-term economic success, and lists T4TP among employers who train and hire veterans. We propose trained veterans to MaxxPotential, a B Corporation and IT contracting firm who has had great success placing large numbers of newly trained, inexperienced IT professionals in high-tech jobs, exactly like the veterans we serve.And finally, T4TP collaborates with various organizations who aid in the distribution of computers to qualified veterans, including River City Comprehensive Counseling Services, Veterans’ Employment Program, DLW Veterans Outreach and Training Center, Freedom Support Center, Veterans Strong Outreach, Marines Helping Marines, Association for Wounded Veterans, Pathways to Success, Home Again, Liberation Family Services, McGuire VA Medical Center, American Legion Ransome Post 186, Team Red White & Blue, and REACHcycles.
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