People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.. ~George Orwell

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Bosma Enterprises hires decorated veteran

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 19, 2018) — Bosma Enterprises has named Master Sgt. (Ret.) Jeffrey Mittman chief operating officer. He previously held positions at the Defense Finance and Accounting Services and National Industries for the Blind leveraging. Before his work with these organizations, Mittman served for 21 years in the United States Army, including four combat tours.

In 2005, his team came under attack. Mittman was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. Near death, his wounds included severe head and facial trauma, as well as, numerous other injuries including significant vision loss.

Since the end of his distinguished military career, Mittman has been recognized for his work in both the public and private sectors. He is a 2015 inductee of the Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame and his nationally recognized awards include: the 2013 Defense Finance and Accounting Service and Department of Defense Disabled Employee of the Year Award; the American Foundation for the Blind’s 2011 Gallagher Award for mentoring and serving as role model for blind / visually impaired individuals; the 2010 Osborne "Oz" Day Award presented by the federal government for increasing public awareness of the federal AbilityOne Program; and the Lighthouse International's 2007 Henry A. Grunwald Award honoring outstanding public service.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New IndyGo pass allows Veterans to skip bus fares

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 18, 2018) — IndyGo and the City of Indianapolis announced the new Veteran Fare Cards on Wednesday in an effort to provide veterans with better access to transit and employment opportunities.

Veterans must enroll in the program in person at the Julia Carson Transit Center located at 201 East Washington Street. The application requires proof of eligibility and enrollees must also have a photo taken at the transit center’s customer service desk.

Example of the new IndyGo Veterans Fare Card 

Veterans can prove eligibility by providing a valid U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ID or a valid government-issued photo ID and DD 214 certificate of release/discharge from active duty.

“This an exciting moment for the City of Indianapolis and our veterans, as they will now be able to better navigate their lives with the freedom they fought to protect,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Together, we are making a statement that Indianapolis is a welcoming place for America’s heroes – and thanks to our continued efforts as One City, we can be sure that Indianapolis will remain a welcoming home for our United States veterans for generations to come.”

The program provides unlimited access to IndyGo’s fixed route bus network, but doesn’t include paratransit, or open door, service.

It costs $2 to get a card and replacement cards cost $5.

The transit center’s customer service desk is open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon.

IndyGo says the cards are non-transferable and must be swiped at a fare box on the bus. Other forms of eligibility won’t be accepted on board– riders must have the IndyGo-issued fare card.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Pilot program launched to connect rural areas with TeleHealth

Indianapolis, Indiana (July 16, 2018) — The Federal Communications Commission announced they are launching a $100 million dollar pilot program to connect veterans and others living in rural areas with Tele-Health.

It will provide grants to healthcare and broadband providers to establish a solid connection for telemedicine services.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) hosted the FCC commissioner recently in Hancock County to highlight the need for this investment.

“We learned on that visit about the opportunities to bridge the gap between providers by using the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies,” says Young.

The technology can be used to diagnosis, treat and follow up with patients.

Young says the Connected Care Pilot Program can be especially helpful for veterans.

“The Veterans Health Administration indicates that, according to the population they’ve already served using remote monitoring, there’s a roughly 20 percent reduction in hospital admissions,” says Young.

Many communities across the country, including in Indiana, have difficulty using the technology because of poor broadband.

WHAT IS TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is a collection of means or methods for enhancing health care, public health, and health education delivery and support using telecommunications technologies. Telehealth encompasses a broad variety of technologies and tactics to deliver virtual medical, health, and education services.


Friday, July 13, 2018

Beech Grove graduate Army Captain has eyes on Pentagon

Beech Grove, Indiana (July 13, 2018) — U.S. Army Capt. Edwin “Eddie” Mobley of Beech Grove is moving one step closer to the Pentagon. Mobley, a 2006 graduate of Beech Grove High School, begins classes next week at Harvard Kennedy School of Business in Cambridge, Mass. He and wife Emily, who is expecting their first baby in September, have relocated from Fort Campbell, Ky., to Cambridge.

“I will be able to study more about the Army’s relationship with various departments, particularly the Department of Commerce,” said Mobley, who earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from West Point. “This will give me knowledge of how government works so I can apply that to my Army background.”

Mobley is among one of four Army officers enrolled with civilian students on a path to earn a master’s in public administration from the school named after President John F. Kennedy. Upon graduation he will become an Army strategist in the Pentagon.

Mobley has served as platoon leader of the 160th Airborne Special Operations Aviation Regiment, consisting of 13 pilots, 26 soldiers and 10 Apache Longbow helicopters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Highly decorated, he has been awarded with Air, Meritorious Service, Army Commendation and Army Achievement medals and a Valorous Unit Citation.

Mobley, in a telephone interview Saturday, recalled his high school years, which eventually led him to a military career and back home occasionally to encourage high schoolers to commit to excellence. The former Beech Grove three-sport athlete and National Honor Society inductee contends,

“Excellence is a lifestyle, not an achievement.” He admitted that the camaraderie, teamwork and discipline at West Point was fostered in him through club and high school wrestling, where he became a state finalist.

“The wrestling room there is a storied tradition,” said Mobley, who also played football and ran on the track team. “The coaches taught me how to work hard, how to prepare to win and how to seize the moment to win.”

The foundation to his pathway to West Point was laid during his junior year when realizing that college would be too expensive. He served as an intern in May 2007 to former Sen. Richard G. Lugar.

“I grew up in a blue-collar family,” Mobley said. “I was willing to work harder and sacrifice more. My school day was early morning workout, classes, after-school workout and studying. No one was going to outwork me.”

He has returned to Beech Grove for special occasions: receiving the key to the city from former Mayor Joe Wright in 2010, speaking to the 2013 National Honor Society inductees, and being the inductee into the high school's Hall of Fame in 2017.

His parents served the city; his late father Paul David Mobley was a city councilor, and mother Nancy is a former school board member. His remarks to the inductees in 2013 should serve as inspiration to students today:

“Every year at West Point forced me out of my comfort zone, and each time I fell back on the fundamentals from my Beech Grove experience that led me to be successful: working harder than my peers, a willingness to seize opportunities, and the ability to make allies by treating people well. Your high school experience will not define your life, but it will perpetuate your future success.”

In return, he has presented his West Point sabre and American flags that flew in Afghanistan to the school and to the city. Mobley continues to urge today’s students to excel by stepping from their comfort zone and to experience new challenges.

“To be successful, you have to stay hungry and show diligence and grit. You will find that the harder you work, the more opportunities you will have.”

By Al Stilley
Senior staff writer