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My thoughts about the orientation

Sunday, February 12, 2012 19:14 | Charles Bocage

Aloha Everyone, the reason I use aloha is because it is such a great word. It says so much but is so small. I always wish everyone aloha.

I have been working on gaining insight into all the veteran's benefits I am entitled to and I met Donald Stukes. He introduced me to a dedicated, kind, Marine veteran, Al Renteria , who feels strongly about his community, but most importantly, the veterans in the community. His focus is making sure people are not homeless and he said, if a veteran registered for their Department of Veterans Affairs ID card, they would not be homeless because they can be informed of their benefits and this person was worth $10,000 to his or her community because veterans represent economic viability. He not only developed a place for veterans to come to obtain assistance, The Southwest Veterans Business Resource Center, he also developed a 14 step program which provides all of us a path of success if we choose to become "learners". To be able to take advantage of this learner program, a person has to be an honorably discharged veteran with a DD 214 and complete the centers online registration. Once you complete the registration, you can come to the center and attend an orientation. I have attended many orientations but this is the first orientation which I can truly say changed my outlook on life. We were informed about what it took to become a learner and the commitment it required. He mentioned how important it is to understand the concepts of commitment, credibility, develop and promote a brand and have the willingness to compose positive thoughts. He talked at length about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) and explained how they can be used to move forward in life. We reviewed the 14 step learner program and agreed to accept the mission statement. We talked about the 4-9 options of life, the Physical, Intellectual and Emotional (P.I.E) aspect of our being, the Science of the hunch, the thre pillars of e-commerce, the analogy of the tile and the carpet and the domain of the brain. To ensure we were committed, we were asked to sign the Articles of Agreements in front of several witnesses and this is the document you see on the landing page of my blog. I can surely say I am committed to completing the 14 step learner program and I am ready to help my community by informing them of how important it is for everyone to understand how important our veterans are to the community and help them help the community by making sure they register with the center so they can be sure to take advantage of all the benefits they have earned. One requirement of being a learner is to do all I can to have individuals participate in my blog so I can continue to update them on my progress. I appreciate the opportunity to serve my community by helping them help the community to be all it can be. Please respond to my blog as often as you like, I will be monitoring it every day. Charles Bocage

 

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  • Monday, February 13, 2012 08:46 | Donald Stukes
    Charles, I am deeply touched by your interest and humility to serve your country once again. However, this time by fully understanding both the need and importance our service means to so many. I had to google the word aloha and this is what I found.Aloha in the Hawaiian language means affection, peace, compassion and mercy. Since the middle of the 19th century, it also has come to be used as an English greeting to say goodbye and hello. Currently, it is mostly used in the sense of hello.

    It is also the state nickname of Hawaii, the "Aloha State".

    How fitting to use aloha as a greeting.
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    • Tuesday, February 14, 2012 09:40 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Donald, thanks for the heartfelt feedback on my post. Although I am not Hawaiian, I do have polynesian blood and I cannot express the feelings I have when I touch the ground in Hawaii. It is such a calm place and one of great "Mana" or a supernatural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object. The land, the sky, the ocean and the people make up a true treasure and I would like to bring a lot of aloha to the mainland in the form of introducing individuals to the success factors I have learned over the years. Let's take the time to spread aloha to everyone we meet by asking them three questions: 1. How are you? 2. How do you feel? 3. How is your week? and when you ask the questions, wait for an answer for each one and provide the person you asked a response on how you can help them be better, feel better and have a better week. Try this for five days in a row with the same person and I guarantee your relationship with this person will improve and the relationships around you will improve immensely. Please let me know the outcome of your dialogue with others seeking to understand them. Charles
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  • Monday, February 13, 2012 17:51 | Carol Grice
    Charles. What a great assessment of your hours of orientation. Very detailed, and extremely professionally well written. I am delighted you have joined the efforts to help the veteran community and assist Mr. Renteria with his visions of eradicating homelessness of our veterans.
    You commented you would be monitoring every day. May I remind you that you need to reply to every comment that is posted. Others have seemingly forgotten that part of the process.
    My best wishes for your success with the program. I look forward to following your future blogs. I love your thoughts about greeting people with “Aloha”. I was stationed in Hawaii for 3 years and I totally agree with your reasoning.
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    • Tuesday, February 14, 2012 09:32 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Carol, thanks for the comment. I really do like to write and I have many ideas for success to share with others. I will be sure to reply every day to each post so I can build my network of community caring people.
      charles
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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2012 09:42 | Charles Bocage
    Community Building
    One aspect of building a community is knowing how the community is dealing with day to day activities. I developed a tried and true way of providing each person a gauge to determine community health just by asking three important questions to everyone they meet every day. Let's take the time to spread aloha to everyone we meet by asking them three questions: 1. How are you? 2. How do you feel? 3. How is your week? and when you ask the questions, wait for an answer for each one and provide the person you asked a response on how you can help them be better, feel better and have a better week. Try this for five days in a row with the same person and I guarantee your relationship with this person will improve and the relationships around you will improve immensely. Please let me know the outcome of your dialogue with others seeking to understand them. Let me know how it goes with a response to this blog as soon as you can. Charles
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  • Sunday, February 19, 2012 12:42 | Laurel Ho
    Hello Charles welcome aboard! I am one of the Founding Members and wish you great success as you go through the process. You have not stumbled on to Al, there is a reason you have ended up at this place. Do your best to follow through with the process and I know you will not be sorry that you did. I will check back on you from time time to time. Thank you for your service and see ya along the road! Laurel
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    • Sunday, February 26, 2012 18:27 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Laurel, I wholehartedly agree with you about a reason for meeting Al. I have to follow up on the folks I asked to sign up on my blog, I do not think I explained the process correctly, thanks for your insight here and hopw to meet you soon,
      charles
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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2012 18:06 | Wayne Gatewood, Jr.
    Charles, want to thank you for your desire to move forward as a productive and and committed leader within our Veterans Community. It is critical, especially at this time with looming active duty cuts and the release of so many more Veterans to our ranks, that we have folks and organizationsin place, such as SWVBRC, to assist, educate, and encourage our Nation's heroes. Well done and Godspeed.

    Wayne Gatewood,MSgt,USMC Ret, 1966-1987,Vietnham 1968-1969
    www.qualitysupport.com
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    • Sunday, February 26, 2012 18:26 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Wayne, a true man of his word. I receive your insight all the time in the email blast and I can say it is worth the time to read it. I agree with you about helping our veterans, I saw the other day that they are releasing 100,000 people from active duty, I will be glad to help them with their transition, congratulations on all you do,
      charles
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  • Monday, February 27, 2012 09:37 | Charles Bocage Jr.
    Looks like a great program. Hope all of the best to you.
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    • Saturday, March 10, 2012 21:24 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Son, thanks so much for the best wishes, I hope you continue to post for me,
      charles
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  • Monday, February 27, 2012 22:52 | Angela Bocage
    Offering support services to veterans is very much in the news of late. President and Mrs. Obama requests that we assist service men who defend our country. Honey Darling, I support and will work beside you with reaching out to veterans. Like you say, it may be tricky because vets range so widely in age and background but as a vet yourself, you do realize that we have to work hard lure them in. They give their lives for our freedom. We will show our appreciation by making sure veterans know of and take advantage of educational, employment, and business opportunities that are available.
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    • Saturday, March 10, 2012 21:25 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Honey, thanks so much for the post, it will be a tough task to help my brothers and sisters but I am up for the challenge. thanks for the support,
      charles
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  • Wednesday, February 29, 2012 17:49 | Roxanne Rapske
    Hi Charles,
    Kudos to you for taking part in this program. I look forward to seeing more of your postings.
    Aloha,
    Roxanne
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    • Saturday, March 10, 2012 21:26 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Roxanne, thanks so much for the positve reinforcement here. I really appreciate the encouragement so I can make this program work for all of us,
      charles
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  • Tuesday, March 06, 2012 16:42 | Chris Bocage
    Aloha Charles! Great start! Keep it going!
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    • Saturday, March 10, 2012 21:27 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Son, thanks for taking the time to post for me, it is always a good thing to have your family be so supportive as you are, I think I can move on to the next post now that I have the four I needed,
      charles
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  • Thursday, March 22, 2012 14:32 | kerri frisk
    Aloha Charles Bocage:) Your work is very honorable, I'm glad that your helping our hero's. Thank you for your service, and after services that have helped humankind so much Charles! I am behind you all the way - and will get the word out to as many veterans in need as possible. Much Love and Respect to a good Human Being...
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    • Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:34 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Kerri, it was great to catch up with you on the phone and thanks so much for the post. Your feedback is so encouraging. Please do ask others to contact me so I can invite them to the blog, I need all the folks I can get to help me get the word out to our veterans. I have another post I will be making soon, I will let you know when I post it,
      thanks again,
      charles
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  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012 13:58 | Sigrid Gilbert
    In 2008, I was reading all the blogs and responding, but new things tend to crowd in and take us away, until today the thought came to take a look at the latest signee in
    CA, and it is you, Charles, and I'm glad I took the time to read your blog. I am so proud of you veterans who dedicated yourselves to become our nation's warriors, and now Al is here with his incredible program to help you avail yourselves of what
    is due you, however inadequate, for what you accomplished in the military, and hopefully gained in life skills and friendships. I can see that you understand your rights as a proud veteran and are looking forward to carrying out responsibilities as a productive member of your community.I wish you success in reaching your goals and the self esteem that comes with accomplishment. Looking forward to hearing what the future holds for you in your next steps. Sigrid
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    • Thursday, April 12, 2012 12:37 | Charles Bocage
      Aloha Sigrid, I hope to be concluding the first step in my learning with Al soon and move on to the next blog post. I also have a mentorship passion, take a look at my website, www.releaseyourpotential.net and let me know what you think. I have a 100 percent satisfaction rating and have worked with over 1,000 clients to achieve their potential through my patented process. I look forward to your feedback.
      charles
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  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 15:35 | Jeffrey Backus
    Mr Bocage, Thank you for your service and welcome to SWVBRC.
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