Bob Wiedower of Combined Insurance knows just how difficult it can be to transition from military to civilian life. It’s why he’s dedicated so much time to ensuring Combined employs veterans, providing opportunity and community in their new lives. He’s also been an incredible supporter and advocate for our programs that house and help homeless veterans find work. You can see the impact that Bob and Combined have made on our Supportive Services for Veteran Families programming here.
What motivates you to do the work that you do? Why do you give your time, energy, and resources to these causes?
I am a retired Lt. Colonel who served in the US Marine Corps, and have a deep passion for assisting military members who are transitioning into the civilian workforce – as I have lived those challenges first hand.
I am able to carry out this passion every day as VP of Sales Development and Military Programs at Combined Insurance, and also as a volunteer with several military-oriented non-profit organizations. I believe in giving back to our communities by helping organizations who provide needed services to those communities. I’m motivated and encouraged when I see individuals whose lives have been positively impacted by the work of those agencies.
How does your work with Heartland Alliance help this cause?
Heartland Alliance has a program which assists veterans who are homeless and/or out of work to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient, productive members of society again. As a retired service member, I’m extremely interested in helping this population and am excited when I see the results of Heartland’s efforts. Combined Insurance has a long standing partnership with Heartland Alliance, contributing both charitable donations and volunteer time to its veteran and Chicago FarmWorks urban farm programs.
How should others help?
Find something your passionate about, and start supporting an organization that helps people that fit your passion. Look for an organization with a long track record or support, and high marks with Charity Navigator and other review sites.