For our veterans: Vetrepreneur Academy

It’s Memorial Day- when we are supposed to remember our fallen service members. I thank my friends who are thanking me- but I’m not dead yet. Say thank you to me on Veterans Day, please.
We’ve been at war for almost ten years- and although the death toll pales in comparison to our last declared war (World War II for those of you keeping track) we are creating Service Disabled Veterans at an extraordinary rate- and before someone tries to get politically correct about using the word “disabled”- that’s the official government term.
Many of you are oblivious to the plight of these veterans- as once again, this war is being fought mostly by people you don’t read about in the newspapers, you’re more likely to read about CEOs or Celebrities behaving badly, or politicians posturing about things that don’t matter like planned parenthood funding or beating heartbeat bills. Yes, with an all-volunteer force- little Johnny is safe from the horrors of war, and so are you. Insulation is a wonderful thing.
However, as a vet with a small disability rating, I can tell you that our government pays lip-service to them just as much as you do. In 2004 George W. Bush signed house bill 108 directing all government contracts and contractors to meet a 3% goal of participation by Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses. It’s been mostly ignored. The law has no teeth- and therefore, is routinely ignored.
And while the DAV has been around for a long time, it’s not been a strong lobbying contingent- because it tried to remain above politics because its members covered the entire spectrum of America, thanks to the draft. It’s starting to change.

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Buy Veteran Logo for the NaVOBA campaign

New organizations like NaVOBA– the NAtional Veteran Owned Business Asssociation has been starting to lobby- and has a “Buy Veteran” campaign in full swing- attempting to identify VOB’s to those in the community who want to support vets.
There are groups all over the country- like VOB108.org that I started with two other paratroopers- to help vets help themselves. We’ve been around since 2005, and been a 501-c6 non-profit for the last 2 years.
We’ve recently secured a grant to start providing training for any veteran with an honorable discharge, training and consulting in starting and operating a business.
The classes begin June 14 and run weekly on Tuesday nights through September. We’ll be holding them at WSU in Rike Hall- the business school building from 6pm to 9pm. Register by calling 877-299-0700 or emailing [email protected] Visit this page for a complete listing of classes: http://www.omnicomsolutionsgroup.com/vetrepreneur%20academy.htm

Other cities like Pittsburgh PA are making concerted efforts to become known as veteran-friendly cities. VOB108 has been making efforts to make Ohio a more vet friendly state as well and has proposed that Dayton consider focusing on recruiting veterans to repopulate our neighborhoods- filling vacant homes instead of tearing them down.

So, if you know a veteran either in business, or considering starting a business, please think of them this Memorial Day and send them this post.

Thank you.

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7 Responses

  1. Gary May 30, 2011 / 12:40 pm
    I wish you, David- and your Vet business partners all the best, the best of luck and enginuity for these organizations you are in to better serve Vet businesses, etc., et. al.  Charlie Daniels would be proud of you, and I’d bet if he knew what you were up to concerning this post he would help …
    I believe there is a big market in CA for Vets starting business there, but I don’t want to be censured … but it’s those smoke shops out there that are doing great, and small colleges teaching horticulture …
    Also, Memorial Day also celebrates all those who have died, so let’s think of all those who have tried to make a difference in our hearts today …
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day 
  2. Gary May 31, 2011 / 10:01 am
    Do not the Vets make a little chump change at their clubs, or are they just non-profits?  Aka the Moose, VFW and others …
  3. David Esrati May 31, 2011 / 10:08 am

    @Gary- are you just an idiot or what? This post has nothing to do with the Moose or the VFW or AmVets-  it’s about serious issues. None of this is “chump change”- or something to just talk about for your own self edification.

  4. Gary May 31, 2011 / 11:07 am
    My bad, I was just thinking outside the box a little — just a dumb Antiochian and Daytonian trying to comment because, yes, I like to write …
    After reading the post again, I’ll try to be more direct; this is interesting to me in many ways … The DAV has a stigma, disabled veterans — says maybe they cannot do much because of their disability …
    I’m impressed with the VOB108; try writing Congressman McCain since he touts Vets so much — seriously!
    Anyway, I thought name calling was a libel here, but now I know the difference — again, I do learn much from this blog and enjoy it … At least I received all brilliant scores on my first comment!  (guess who marked them that way?)  :-)  I promise to stay on course next time, oops!  And GO VETS!  At least Dayton has a VA center …
  5. Dad May 31, 2011 / 12:41 pm
    Gary: Who might “Congressman McCain” be?
    You couldn’t be thinking of Senator John McCain, would you?
  6. Bubba Jones May 31, 2011 / 1:19 pm
    Gary: Who might “Congressman McCain” be? – Dad
     
    Mr. E – as much as it pains me to say this, Gary is technically correct in referring to John McCain as “Congressman McCain”.  Since the United States Congress is a bicameral legislature, all 535 members of congress can technically be referred to as “Congressman” (or Congressperson or Congresswoman).  Yes, referring to Mr. McCain as “Senator McCain is also acceptable and correct.  Mike Turner can also be referred to as “Congressman Turner” or “Representative Turner” although I’m sure that many people who frequent this blog have several other, not quite as flattering, ways of referring to our local Congressional representative.
  7. Gary June 1, 2011 / 4:04 pm
    As much as this pains me to say this, Thanks Bubba … Yes Dad, Congressman John McCain.

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