The Department of Labor (DOL), a presidential committee andprivate industry have come together to help a soldier wounded in Iraqmake a successful transition to a good civilian job as a mechanic. Staff Sergeant Alfred Kalous, who was severely wounded by a roadsidebomb while on patrol during his second tour in Iraq, will receive amaster mechanic toolset Feb. 22 at Fort Riley, Kan.
The donation resulted after Kalous, who had to have his left legamputated below the knee, was transferred to Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter in the District of Columbia for extensive rehabilitation.While going through physical therapy, Kalous was contacted by arepresentative of REALifelines, a DOL outreach program for recentlyinjured and disabled military service members. After assessingKalous's condition, the REALifelines representative contacted anexisting network of veterans' employment specialists who identifiedgovernment services contractor Lear Sigler Services as a potentialemployer in Kansas, where Kalous's family is located. Lear Siglersubsequently hired Kalous to perform maintenance on the same vehicleshe had used in the Army. All that Kalous lacked was a good set oftools to do his job. Realizing this, the President's National HireVeterans Committee, a DOL outreach program to employers, contacted aleading automotive tools distributor that agreed to donate the neededtools to Kalous.
-- Alfred Kalous, newly hired mechanic for Lear Sigler Services;
-- Frederico Juarbe, Jr., assistant secretary of labor forveterans' employment and training;
-- Kansas Lieutenant Governor John Moore, and
-- Terry O'Mahoney, chairman of the President's National HireVeterans Committee.
WHAT: Donation of master mechanic toolset.
WHERE: Bldg. 8330 Wells Road, Custer Hill, Fort Riley, Kan.
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The presentation is open to the media and therewill be opportunities to interview Kalous, Juarbe and O'Mahoney. Reporters wishing to cover the donation ceremony are requested toR.S.V.P. to Sam Robinson of the Ft. Riley Public Affairs Office at785-239-3358. Note that press credentials must be presented uponarrival.
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