Guest Book

It is a often a very difficult task for many of our returning Soldiers from the Global War on Terrorism to begin the critical transition back to a civilian career. For those of you who have either received support from or provided support to our Soldiers, sharing your experiences may give someone the push they need to take that first step in this process. Please take a few minutes and tell us your story in the space provided below.

18 Responses to “Guest Book”

  1. Kenneth Chew Says:

    I would first like to thank and express my gratitude to the men and women of Tip Of the Arrow Foundation Inc. When I returned from serving overseas my biggest worry was job stability, and how I could find a career that would help me survive in a suffering economy. Tip of the Arrow helped me revise my resume to target specific career fields in which I express interest, and offered tips and coaching for successful interviewing. As a result I have received several call from various law enforcement and government agencies. At the moment things are looking very promising. Again, I thank you for your help, more importantly for helping the men and women of the armed forces.

  2. A. Campbell Says:

    First I want to say congratulations to the Foundation and I wish you all the best. To the transitioning soldiers, Tip of The Arrow Foundation has the “personal” touch going for them. When they say someone is available to you 24/7 that’s no joke. It was the one resource as a transitioning soldier where I could pick up the phone, call someone and get an answer. I received tips on targeting my resume, interview coaching and most importantly, access to a phenomenal network of very knowledgeable and professional people. I have my current job thanks to their guidance, coaching and never wavering support.

    Thank you for all the support, believing in us as veterans and encouraging potential employers to believe in us as well.

  3. Patrick Sparks Says:

    Wow!! What an organization. If you’re viewing these various responses then stop what you’re doing and call Tip of The Arrow now! From my first contact Tip of The Arrow has gone way, way above and beyond to work with me and together we hit a grand slam! And the service doesn’t stop there. I promise you, you will not find another group of individuals more dedicated to helping you succeed. Call them now.

  4. Eric Justice Says:

    When I returned from Iraq I found out that my job had been elimated. I contacted Tip of The Arrow for help. They help me figure out a plan of action to start my own business. They gave me contacts of other Vets in my community that could help me and alot of ideas on how to stir up business. They have made calls to people who are writing story’s about my business that will generate work on my local Army post. These guys go out of their way to help us !!!!! THANKS TIP OF THE ARROW !!!

  5. Matt Johnson Says:

    I just returned from another deployment and Carl Blum and the Tip of the Arrow program were able to help me find a job within months of my return. I now have a job based solely upon my military background none of which would have occurred without the professionalism and understanding of the Tip of the Arrow program.

  6. Mark Wisniewski Says:

    I have 6 moinths left in Iraq. I am hoping Tip of the Aroow will provide the direction I need to sell myself. I have 13 years logistical experience. I have spent the few down hours learning more about Supply Chain Management through Army E Learning. I am currently planing and monitoring the Battalion drawdown from Iraq.
    I need help explaining to a prospective employer through my resume my skills. Thank you for the work you do.

  7. Jermaine Kelly Says:

    It’s been 6 months since I’ve been back from Iraq. It’s been too long and too hard to find a job that would be suitable for me and my family’s needs. I also found out, I wasn’t alone, but with the help from Carl Blum, he helped my get the job I’ve badly wanted for some years now. Even with the economy the way it is, Mr. Blum has done any and everything to put my name out there. Because of that, I am now an employee of a very prestigious and successful telecommunications company. Even though we never met face to face, anytime, anywhere, Mr. Blum, the drinks are on me!

    Thank you! My family would especially like to thank you!

  8. Justin Tressler Says:

    It has been a long, hard road trying to get back to civilian life. Finding a job was probably the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. Going straight from high school to college to Iraq was all straight forward, whereas getting a job is really open ended. Tip of the Arrow provided focus, motivation, and critique where it was needed the most. These guys, particularly Carl, with whom I personally worked with, are fantastic. They give you the hand up that you really need when things seem tough. You can get through this, and Tip of the Arrow will help out immensely.

  9. Alexander Marchena Says:

    It has been a tough time trying to get a job in the civilian world. I had to completly redo my resume. I thank Carl and Bob for all their help they seem to go out of their way EVEN working WEEKENDS to help US the SOLDIERS. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP.

  10. Paul Peng Says:

    I just wanted to say thank you to all the help and support given by members of TOTA. They were a tremendous help in getting my resume in tip top shape in addition to numerous other helpful sources which they have provided me. Thank you again!

  11. John Irwin Says:

    TOTA is by far one of the best Org’s out there for soldiers. The one on one attention that is paid to each soldier is far beyond superior. I was currently offered a position with Pride Ind out of Ft. Dix, NJ and this would not have been possible without the help of TOTA and Carl. I was honored to work with Carl and he truly cares about what he does. Any soldier that passes up the opportunity to to work with TOTA is missing out.


    Carl worked tirelessly finding me a job and a career in Management with a well known national company. I could not have done it without all of Carl’s hard work and dedication. I am not just paying lip service to Tip of the Arrow. They are truly the greatest service a vet could ask for. Thanks again Carl and TOTA.

  13. Matt Selvage, CPT IN Says:

    TOA is a great organization that truly cares about soldiers. My career search was stagnant after returning from iraq. TOA provided me with the motivation, guidance, and mentorship that I needed to really succeed. With their help I was able to find a career path that I have as much passion for as I did the army. TOA is not the VA, careerbuilder, or career link. They actually care and stick with you until you are satisfied, and you get what all veterans deserve. A respectable place in civilian society. I literally can not say enough good things. I recomend it to all my veteran friends, and they have placed 3 of them in great jobs. I can’t say that about any other organization since I’ve come home. All TOA asks of you is a little hard work, and its worth it.

  14. 1LT Denis O. Hynes Says:

    A recent article in the paper cited the disparity of civilians to veterans in the unemployment rate; for veterans that that rate was over 20%. The article noted the difficulty for soldiers to translate their military experience for civilian employers.
    Tip of the Arrow not only helped me translate those experiences into language that civilian employers could understand, they also helped me realize skills and experience I wouldn’t even have thought relevant to the outside world. In theater we used computer systems and performed duties that, when worded correctly, will make any soldier irresistible to employers.
    With the help of Tip of the Arrow, I landed a great job with a great future. I have recommended Tip of the Arrow to all veterans and all employers

  15. Dennis C. Cooney, USN Ret. Says:

    It is nice to see a fellow Vietnam veteran providing our returning servicemembers with such a high level of services. There is absolutely no doubt that after the parades have paraded, the bands have stopped banding and the speeches have been speached and, of course, the media has stopped meadiaing our service members are home and in need of many services. It is refreshing to see that the “Top of the Arrow” is ready. willing and able to provide services to our returning heros. God speed.
    Dennis C. Cooney, USN Retired, Vietnam Veteran-3 tours

  16. Russel Says:

    Tip of the arrow is really a great service. I found it is really good and interesting to get involved.

    Carl worked tirelessly finding me a job and a career in Management with a well known national company. I could not have done it without all of Carl’s hard work and dedication. I am not just paying lip service to Tip of the Arrow. They are truly the greatest service a vet could ask for. Thanks again Carl and TOTA.

  17. Angel Says:

    It has been 7 months since I have started working at JB HUNT. I deliver and install appliances so I am always on the road not knowing where I am going to be everyday. Which is good because the scenery changes everyday. It’s hard work but I am greatful that I have a job. I want to thank Bob Deissig for his determination to finding me a job. Thank you TOTA for your support to all service members. Good luck to the rest of you. Semper Fidelis.

  18. SGTK Says:

    Thanks for the briefing you gave us and thanks for the support you show the troops.

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