Iraq War Vets Applying Tech Skills They Learned to Their Iowa Business - Dave Rasdal
Under the bright light of a magnifying glass, Jake Long squints as he applies a screwdriver to the tiny parts of a Samsung cell phone. Beside him, Perry Graham chats with a customer on his HTC phone. They are in the back shop of their business, Cedar Rapids Cell Phone Repair.
It’s a business that Long suggested the Jefferson High School friends try after each had finished a second deployment to Iraq. A business they’ve nurtured with assistance from SCORE, in particular counselor Jim Williams, himself a veteran.
Behind them, Graham’s blue National Guard uniform hangs at the ready from a shelf while Long’s hangs on a nearby doorknob. At any moment, one or both of these 29-year-old Iraq War veterans could be called upon to help bury a U.S. veteran.