When a TV host asked them, 'Where are you from?' their answers were incredibly revealing.
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A funny thing happened on an episode of CNBC's "The Profit" earlier this year.

Host Marcus Lemonis had decided to invest in a company called Grafton Furniture in Miami. When he arrived at the company's headquarters, he gathered the staff in the workshop and asked them one question:

"Where are you from?"

Not "What's your role?" "How much money do you make?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years?"


Again: "Where are you from?"

The staff was eager to answer. And their responses were revealing.

GIFs from "The Profit"/CNBC.

And...

And...

...they said.

Lemonis knows — from personal experience — what opportunities are possible in the U.S.

Images from "The Profit"/CNBC.

Lemonis was born in Lebanon and adopted by a couple living in America when he was an infant. For him, the U.S. was — and continues to be — the land of opportunity. Living here allowed him to build a billion-dollar company that employs hundreds.

That's why a lot of people come here — to work for an honest living and make a better life for their kids.

"The most beautiful part of America is that they give us a chance ... to come to this country, to make a living, to provide for our families."

A diverse, largely immigrant staff isn't an impediment to a good business — it's a selling point. And being a magnet for immigrants is one of America's greatest strengths.

Grafton Furniture and its largely immigrant staff is doing very well.

Thanks in part to Lemonis' investment and advice, Grafton's margins recently increased by 20%. Their service gets terrific reviews. And the company shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

That's the American dream.

"The most beautiful part of America is that they give us a chance ... to come to this country, to make a living, to provide for our families," Lemonis says in the episode.

He's 100% right.


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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