Patriotism putting some veterans back to work
Updated On: May 23 2014 06:37:25 PM CDT
A Wichita man is using patriotism to put people back to work.
Inside Kansas Braille Transcription Institute patriotism is painted on every wall.
President Randy Cabral can tell you a story about each star and stripe.
But many people who walk into the institute can't see the red, white or blue.
In 2006, he made his first braille American Flag.
He aims to make one million for blind Americans but he needs help.
So, he reached out to people he knew loved the American flag as much as he does, veterans.
Randy is working with the VA to employ homeless vets; there are dozens in Sedgwick County.
"You're talking about men and women who put their lives on the line so you and i could even be doing this interview and here they are with their children living in a doorway," says Randy Cabral.
Randy hopes this work will lead to something more permanent.
"The flag is one thing but while they're here they're learning more than just making flags they're learning this industry," says Cabral.
James is Randy’s first hire, for him, it's a job but also a way to give back.
James served during Vietnam. He's been out of work for months; living on disability, he was struggling and ready to find a job.
A template, heat and a little suction make each braille flag in about three seconds but it's a tedious process.
The Pledge of Allegiance is also stamped in braille.
With nearly half dozen machines and enough employees, they could make more than four thousand a day.
To hire more vets, Kansas Braille Transcription Institute needs donations to purchase materials to make the American flags. Click here to donate or learn more about the Institute.