May 18, 2012
A blind 89-year old World War Two veteran has completed his training as a "Virtual" relay operator for the Veterans Workshop, a national veterans nonprofit and is now qualified to make and place phone calls on behalf of Deaf American Veterans.
Emory Finefrock, of Yukon Oklahoma has completed his basic training as a relay operator from instructors of the Veterans Workshop.
"They have taught me how to be a relay operator for deaf veterans," said Finefrock. "I have been training at home virtually with instructors who are teaching me how to place a phone call for a deaf veteran, a veteran who can hear but cannot speak, and a veteran who can neither hear nor speak. The need is great, the mission is solid and I feel once again I am serving my country."
Blind veterans nationwide experience a disproportionate rate of unemployment due to the nature of their injury, said John Laakman, Visen 16 Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Oklahoma City.
Integrating a new work program from the Veterans Workshop that teaches blind veterans the skills needed to become relay operators assisting deaf veterans is a natural fit.
The Veterans Workshop is a National Veterans Nonprofit that trains combat wounded and disabled veterans to be self sufficient while working from home. Using off the shelf technologies and robust training, the Veterans Workshop is changing the lives of disabled veterans nationwide.
Blind Veterans and Deaf Veterans are available for comment.
On Memorial Day, Blind relay operators, calling on behalf of Deaf veterans will be calling the While House, seeking to have a relay call with the President, calling Mitt Romney seeking his understanding of this new service, Various Governors, Senators and Congressman to explain what this Relay service can accomplish.
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