Independence Day has a new meaning this year for data security firm

Frederick company teams with Disabled Veterans Outreach Program of MD Department of Labor to help Vietnam-veteran pursue independence

by David Pumphrey, Chief Strategy Officer, veteran

(Pictured left-to-right) Luke LaPenotiere, e-End IT Director; James Woods, Vietnam veteran; David Pumphrey, e-End Chief Strategy Officer.

Independence is a right that every American has to freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development

As our country celebrated the 4th of July, e-End came across the opportunity to help a very special person pursue their own economic independence. We were contacted by the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program of Maryland Department of Labor. Kevin Madara, an Outreach Specialist with the program, shared with us the story of James Woods. He is a disabled Vietnam-veteran, who has recently started learning computer skills. James routinely traveled to the program’s “Job Center to conduct job searches, fill out applications and practice his computer skill development”, Kevin described. Managing the vet’s case, Kevin assisted him with skills development and thought James would benefit greatly from owning his own laptop. That’s when he thought of e-End.

IT Director, Luke walks Mr Woods (right) through the features of his new laptop.

In the same day that e-End received the request, we immediately acted upon and honored the program’s request to supply the veteran with his very own laptop. After the hotdogs, fireworks and celebration of the Fourth of July, e-End staff came to the office the next day to prepare the laptop that has all the essentials: Windows 10, wi-fi and a free open-source office suite.

The laptop is sourced from one of e-End’s many corporate clients that utilize e-End’s service for IT asset disposition. When clients are conducting a refresh of computer systems, they call e-End to provide certified destruction of data on the equipment and recycle the electronics equipment. The highest form of recycling is reuse.

Before receiving the laptop, James was limited to his cell phone for checking and responding to emails. “Now I can use the word processor to write my letter, [titled] “Welcome Home Veteran”. A letter about his return home, that he looks to edit on his new laptop. James expressed, “It wasn’t until seven years after my return home from Vietnam, that I heard the words, Thank you for your service.” Mr Woods shared that he did two Vietnam tours of duty and was a squad leader infantryman, choosing a repeat tour after hearing that he could end his enlistment early if he returned to the fight. His experiences resulted in “what I thought was normal , now classified as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).”

Mr Woods and David Pumphrey, exchanging stories of their time in military service.

Mr Woods and David Pumphrey, exchanging stories of their time in military service.

Mr Woods helped to remind us that our freedom as a nation isn’t free. Independence to pursue economic, social and cultural development comes at a price. A price that is still being paid by our veterans that stood on the beaches of Normandy to the snow-capped mountains of Afghanistan.

To Mr Woods,

Thank you for your service and we are sure this laptop will serve you well in your pursuit.

Happy Independence Day weekend.