Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Christene O'Donnell , former Republican Senate Candidate joins Jon-David in-Studio this afternoon to discuss her new book "TroubleMaker"  She wants to do what it takes to make America great again.  Do you think our current Administraion feels that way?  Join Jon-David at 5P on 660 KSKY

Veteran Needs Work-Can You Help

Veteran Spotlight

Victor S. Martin

Grit is something one hears about in movies, often punctuated by expensive pyrotechnics and smart one-liners. This Hollywood version of grit is very different from the grit of one determined veteran trying to keep his family together amid the pressures of homelessness and unemployment. Victor Martin has it. When Victor starts describing the circumstances he and his finance have faced for the past year it is hard not to want to ask him to stop. It’s hard to feel good about sleeping in a warm bed at night when you hear where he’s been sleeping. He recounts his story in an upbeat, matter of fact tone that makes you realize you are talking to a person with true grit and determination who will not give up until he finds a way to better his situation.

“Sharma (his fiance) and I were staying at the salvation army. There were rats and roaches everywhere, but the worst part was someone stole her foodstamp card, so we couldn’t get milk for my son. They stole my wallet with all my ID’s too, so now I’m trying to get a new social security card and driver’s license-that’s been holding me back on getting a job, but I’m looking every day and trying to get all my documentation together.”

After Victor and Sharma left the salvation army (there are only a certain amount of days allowed each person) they slept in an abandoned van in a car lot for two weeks. His 10 month old son was taken away by CPS because they have nowhere to live, and his most important goal right now is getting a job so he can put his family back together. Victor takes the bus to the workforce center to apply for jobs, but a cell phone, or regular access to his e-mail it is difficult to get back to employers as quickly as he needs to.

“Giving up is not an option. I have to get my child back. I was in the Navy for 5 years, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m used to 10 and 12 hour days, that’s not big deal. I’ve been calling every number and chasing down every lead I can get to on public transportation.”

Talking to Victor, you realize the stigma of homelessness is often undeserved, and especially among homeless veterans. People tend to think a homeless veteran must have done something wrong, or must be too lazy to get a job, but that isn’t the truth of the matter. Victor is a smart, presentable, good natured person with a wealth of experience. He worked on the electrical systems for DART, and was laid off with a mass of other people. This layoff was the bad break that spiraled him into homelessness.

In the Navy, he was responsible for electrical repairs and preventative maintenance for Aircraft Launch & Recovery Systems. He was the lead supervisor for over 20 electrical technicians onboard nuclear powered carrier. This is not a person who should be living on the streets. This is probably one of the brightest guys you’ll meet in a while:

*Efficiently supervised over 2,700 Aircraft Launch & recovery flight operations without any casualties to personnel and or flight equipment.

*Successfully planned and installed the Navy's Long Range Lineup system within specified time limits.

*Led in the troubleshooting and repair of the HUD hydraulic solenoid and restored the system with minimal time.

Right now, Victor and Sharma have no income, and no way to buy food. This twice deployed veteran is literally going hungry on the streets of Dallas, in the country he fought for. Victor’s resume is on, and the Service to Civilian Foundation is trying to find him a job he can access using Dallas public transportation. After 3 hours of working with Victor and Sharma, and listening to all they have been through. They thank me for all my time, and say “god bless you for what you are doing to help us”.

It is a blessing I don’t deserve until Victor Martin and Sharma also have a warm bed to sleep in and can be reunited with their 10 month old son. The best response I can come up with is to thank Victor for his service, and ask him to keep up hope for a few more weeks while I work on his case.

“Hope and Pray, that’s all we’ve got right now” Sharma says with a smile.
Victor's Resume:VICTOR S. MARTIN
2827 Kilburn Avenue
Dallas, TX 75216

Home: (214)861-5343 Cell: (214)375-8384 Alternative number (214) 600-9494

• Engineering
• Electronic Systems
• Electromechanical Devices
• Brush Adjustments on motors & Generators
• Operate test equipment (megger & fluke met
• 3-M Maintenance & Management
• Supervisory work
• Ten-key by touch
• Rotor & Stator
• Pneumatics
• Oscilloscope
• Microsoft Excel
• Digital Multi-Meter
• Power distribution
• Electronics technology AC&DC circuits
• Troubleshooting blueprint & schematics reading
• Logic circuits
• Digital principles
• Industrial safety
• All Microsoft office suite
• Hydraulic power package

Motivated self-starter with 8 years experience in electronics technician work, 7 years experience as a maintenance technician, 2 years experience in semi-conductor industry, and 5 years experience in the quality control. US Navy veteran with 2 combat deployments including Iraq and Afghanistan.

L.K. Comstock-Dallas, TX
Electrical Apprentice-Performed all electrical cable work for DART Green Line Expansion in Dallas, TX from 2009 until 2010. Assisted journeymen electrician with all cable pulling, internet fiber optic cable installation, as well as power cable feeds along the entire track. Assisted with all construction work also associated with completing the DART Green Line Expansion along the dart rail line.

Raytheon-Dallas,TX-Solder Technician-2008
Experience with assembly of microelectronics including operation of automated, high speed pick and place, machines, dispensers, cure ovens, cleaners and material handling systems. Experienced with use of microscope, with high eye to hand coordination. Knowledge of SPC, Military, J-DEC standards pertaining to hybrid electronic assembly. Experience with both manual and automated soldering technology.

Micron Semiconductor-Manassas,VA
Equipment maintenance technician/SEM technician-2006-2007. Performed scheduled equipment preventative maintenance, support down equipment to keep production running, and work on special projects requested by the Fab. Other responsibilities include providing excellent customer service for all areas while performing preventive maintenance on equipment and sustaining production areas, working with engineers on solutions and ongoing problems, participated in quality improvement activities, evaluating and improving equipment, chemicals and other processes.

*Accomplished the efficient fabrication of 16,500 wafers without losses.
Lead Interior Communications Electrician(Work Center Supervisor) United States Navy-Norfolk, VA-USS Theodore Roosevelt-2001-2006

Responsible for electrical repairs and preventative maintenance for Aircraft Launch & Recovery Systems. Lead supervisor for over 20 electrical technicians onboard nuclear powered carrier. Daily maintenance and soldering experience with sound powered phone and electromechanical systems onboard.

*Efficiently supervised over 2,700 Aircraft Launch & recovery flight operations without any casualties to personnel and or flight equipment.

*Successfully planned and installed the Navy's Long Range Lineup system within specified time limits.

*Led in the troubleshooting and repair of the HUD hydraulic solenoid and restored the system with minimal time.

Transit clerk-Dallas,TX-1999-2000-Wells Fargo Inc
Daily routines entail timely and accurate delivery of bank customer credits & debits to banks of origin. Time critical deadlines must be met in order to ensure accurate delivery.

Data Entry-1999-Frito Lay(Staffing services)-Dallas, TX
Temporary staffing services involved contract data entry personnel to various businesses. Worked in accounts payable as a temporary employee for Frito Lay. Using ten-key skills to process customers accounts.

Operations specialists/data entry-Chase Bank of TX-1998-1999
Each bank credit or debit is analytically investigated and corrected in order to provide customers accounts with daily transaction information. High ten-key usage daily in order to process medical businesses and private corporations daily transactions. Performed a variety of tasks in Lockbox department. Lockboxes allow organization to streamline receipts. When customers and business partners write a check, one needs to get those payments into the bank so that you can use the money. Lockbox services make that process more efficient than almost any business can hope for on its own.

Sorter Operator-Wells Fargo Bank-Dallas, TX-1996-1998
Responsible for operating and maintaining IBM 3890 XP Sorter machine. All bank proof of deposits are sorted according to bank transit and routing numbers in order to update daily customer financial transactions. The credits/debits are then sent back to the bank of origin after all credits and debits balance out.

Proof Operator-Comerica Bank-Dallas, TX-1994-1996
Responsible for encoding Magnetic Ink Code Recognition (MICR) on all bank credits, debits and proof of deposits. Duties entail high use of ten-key and meeting critical deadlines in order to ensure time deposits of customer accounts.

Community involvement
Volunteer work, Family of Faith
Responsible for daily cleaning and upkeep of church grounds and sanctuary. Assisted with organizing specific church events and weekly activities

Strong teamwork skills and leadership experience during service in armed forces. In the lower baccalaureate/associate degree category, 2 semester hours in technical mathematics, 2 in DC circuits, 2 in AC circuits, 3 in electronics technology and 3 in electromechanical technology. Also AC/DC circuits, in electrical/electronics troubleshooting and repair, 3 in digital principles, and 2 in maintenance management.

1990-1994 MacArthur High School—obtained diploma, graduated in honors program
1994-1996 Cedar Valley College—Dallas TX
1996-1998 University of TX @ Arlington—Arlington TX, Management Information Systems—continuing education
OCT2001 Interior Communications A School Pipeline—Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL
AUG2002 Shipboard Aircraft Fire Fighting—Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA
APR2004 Aeronautical Technical Publications Management—Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA
JUN2004 Principles of Accounting II—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
MAY2005 Aircraft Launch & Recovery Equipment Quality Assurance, Norfolk, VA
AUG2009 North Texas Joint Electrical Apprenticeship program—Electrical Technical college

Service to Civilian Foundation is in no way affiliated with 660 KSKY.  If you can help this man, hire at your own risk.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Wells Report on The Road Tuesday August 30th

The Wells Report will be broadcasting live from Congressman Michael Burgess' Townhall Meeting in Keller.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Keller High School Cafeteria
601 N. Pate Orr Road
Keller, TX 76248

Come out and join Jon-David!
Today on The Wells Report-Senator John Cornyn talks about the promotions of 3 Managers from Fast & Furious Gun-Running Program.  US Senate Candidate Tom Leppert drops by in-studio to talk about his new jobs plan and much more.  Tune in at 5P!

HEAL HER HEART BENEFIT-Breakfast Burrito SaleThursday, September 1st at 7:30AM at the Fire and Police Training Center in honor of Linh Nguyen.

The Fort Worth Peer Support Group is sponsoring this benefit and will be selling breakfast burritos, having a bake sale, silent auction, raffle and more!!! We are raising money for Linh Nguyen, the daughter of Detective Duc Nguyen and his wife Mylene.  Linh was recently diagnosed with Long QT syndrome, which affects her heart, and her medical insurance will not cover the bills or treatment. We thank you in advance for your support and hope to see you there!!!

Date and Time: September 1, 2011
Place: Fire and Police Training Center City of Fort Worth
1000 Calvert Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

Breakfast 7:30AM-11:30AM

Bake Sale, Silent Auction & Raffle 7:30AM-3:00PM

Call Detective Tracy for more information (817) 392-4376

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Wells Report Roving Reporter: In Israel

Danna Reubin, TWR Roving Reporter is in Jerusalem this week visiting her homeland and beaming back beautiful pictures and updates about what Israel is really like.  She will visit with all kinds of people and places and will send back some audio reports as well as live.  To start things off, she has sent these photos.  Enjoy!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Todd Starnes of Fox News reports.

Dawn Kamin said she would expect opposition to the flying of an American flag in more liberal parts of the country – but not the suburbs of Memphis, Tenn.

Kamin said she was ordered to remove an American flag she had posted outside her optometry office.

“I was just appalled,” said Kamin, who runs Affordable Eye Care in Germantown, Tenn. “It’s the American flag. Really?”

Really.  Take a deep breath and read more here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Primetime for Perry: Republican Race is Now Between the Unscripted and the Overscripted

Photo Credit: The Washington Times

Rick Perry’s entrance into the presidential race is a game-changer.

In just two days, the Texas governor leapt ahead of frontrunner Mitt Romney by double digits. The former Massachusetts governor still has important backing from the Republican establishment, which makes him a formidable candidate, but his task became more difficult the second Mr. Perry threw his 10-gallon hat into the ring.  Read more from Emily Miller and The Washington Times here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jon-David Wells Father Passes Away

John Howard Wells, Jr.

My Dad was a Great Man.

Yes, he fought for his Country during the Korean War aboard the USS Hollister; DD-788.

And, he was a Cold Warrior in the 60’s, and 70’s. At one time, his Security Clearance was so high; you had to have a Security Clearance just to know what his was. He took part in NASA’s STADAN Project. We thought he was tracking weather satellites. (Well, he was….As it turns out, you can get great pictures of clouds from KH-10 and KH-11 Big Birds….in real time, no less.) He also worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the Goldstone Deep Space Tracking Station during the Viking Project.

Also, it’s true that in the 80’s and 90’s, he was a Ground Controller for NASA’s Space Shuttle Project…Working in the original Mission Control at Johnson Space Center, and taking a major role in the design, engineering, construction, and start-up of the New Mission Control Room; which closed in July following the last flight of Atlantis. The basic layout lives on the Mission Control Room of the International Space Station.

And yes, in the New Millennium, he enjoyed his hard-won retirement, and found the satisfying Peace that only comes through Accomplishment….

But that’s not what made him Great….

….What made him Great was his work as a Husband, and as a Father.

He raised us through the turbulent 60’s, and brought all of us through it without losing a shred of pride in, and love for this Greatest Nation on Earth....

He loved and doted on his daughters….and joyously reveled in the Grandchildren they brought to him.

And he loved his Son….and not just taught him how to be a Man….But showed him how, every single day. He graciously lived through the years of hearing, “Oh, you’re Jon-David’s Father?” And when my Sons came, looked me in the eyes and said, “Congratulations Son….” (I knew what he meant….that was a big day.)

He showed me how to have confidence in my Talent without thinking that it made me any different or better than anyone else. He knew what he was talking about…He wrote like Hemingway….

…..but only in Love Letters to my Mother; who holds him once again this very day, and now for all Eternity….

He helped me through the toughest years of my life with loving honesty….Never forsaking me, but never letting me lose sight of the harsh realities of my obligations as a Man and Father…

We had different politics, but over the years, he never let the heat in our discussions get any hotter than what was necessary to properly forge and hone my positions….An art that took years to appreciate, and one that I try to practice each day on The Wells Report.

(How did he know that I would need that, I wonder….)

He gave me his sense of humor…So blame him. He was impressed at the weight I’ve lost, and told me once how lose those last few pounds….He said, “Really J-D, all you have to do to lose 10 pounds of ugly fat, is cut off your head.”

He gave us all so much….He gave me so much….

….I will miss him so….




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