As told by Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA Career Center Coordinator Janet Thompson
My name is Jerry Jackson. I joined the Marine Corps in 1965 and served for four years in the 0311 Infantry. I am a Vietnam veteran and was deployed from 1968-1969. I also have 19 years of service in the Army National Guard, officially retiring in 1995.
I am a native of Huntington, WV, and have lived here nearly all my life. I retired from specialty metals as a heater operator and was employed for almost 40 years. Due to my ailments, I am no longer able to work full time. I enrolled for benefits through the VA for assistance, and it was suggested to me to try to find a training program where I could at least do nine hours a week minimum to help me get back into a routine.
Like many others, I struggle with using a computer. I heard of Goodwill’s computer training programs in Huntington, and decided to stop by to get more information. When I explained the type of program I was looking for, they were willing to work with me individually and create a custom-made curriculum to meet my needs.
I attended training with Goodwill from August 2010 to April 2011. I learned the basics of operating a computer, creating and deleting folders, pasting pictures into folders, how to use a digital camera, how to use basics of Word and Excel 2007, how to use the Internet, email and Facebook. The VA purchased a camera for me to complete my training.
Thanks to the training at Goodwill, I am now able to effectively use a computer and save my memories through pictures. The VA has also recently helped me to purchase a computer for my home, so I am able to take the skills I learned in my training program and incorporate them in my everyday life. I am glad to have been able to access this training through Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA.
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