Veterans Day fell on a Sunday this year, so the national observance is Monday, Nov. 12, but for one Poland business, the recognition lasts throughout the year.
WKBN 27 First News introduced you to Micheline Thompson in our JobsNOW segment. She just started her company MishMoccs this past summer and has made it her mission to make sure veterans are honored.
Thompson makes leather moccasins for children and a portion of every purchase is donated to help disabled veterans. She said her respect for veterans goes back to her childhood in Lebanon where she was born. She was just 9 years old when civil war broke out there. She said the U.S. military came in and helped protect their neighborhood.
“These guys didn’t know us. They provided us with a tremendous amount of security and support. They were out on the streets supporting people,” Thompson said.
When Thompson started MishMoccs, she knew from day one that she wanted to hire veterans to work with her.
“I work with two very special people, Chad and Michael. They have truly helped me transform. I couldn’t have done this without them,” Thompson said.
Chad Huffstutler had prior leather experience and helps with customization. Michael Briceland runs the die press. They are both happy to work for someone with such a positive mission.
“I think she knows the operation and the discipline and how we work,” Huffstutler said.
Briceland agrees that employers who hire veterans have an advantage.
“It’s an investment in America when you hire a veteran,” Briceland said. “They are usually highly skilled and highly trained.”
Both believe in Thompson’s mission and encourage other businesses to reach out to a veteran in the community.