Help us Train a Veteran in Entrepreneurship

Help us Train a Veteran in Entrepreneurship

From Justin Vélez-Hagan

We need $5k to help pay for food, travel, and lodging to change the lives of at least five deserving Veterans by helping them join our training program in Washington, D.C. Thanks!

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I’ve witnessed firsthand how veterans sacrifice their lives, as well as employment opportunities or the chance to start a new business, to serve our country. (Click here for a little more on my own story.)  They have incredible skills, dedication, loyalty, and discipline and they deserve an opportunity to learn the skills they need to put their expertise to good use in a business of their own. 

The results won't just be a benefit to the veteran, but to our economy and our overall society.

Veterans from recent campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan have higher unemployment rates than the general population, while Hispanic veterans, especially those from Puerto Rico, have the highest unemployment rates among all veterans, reaching as high as 30 percent.

Oftentimes, veterans have managed to save enough money to start their own business, but lack the real-world knowledge to do so.  With skills, training, and discipline not found in the general public, these aspirations can easily be converted and refined into independent and successful businesses, which in turn will contribute to others within their communities.

I'm shocked everyday when I hear about veterans who come home from sacrificing everything to serve their country, only to find few economic opportunities.  They have too much to offer to be sitting on the sidelines.  If you help me help the few veterans we can, I guarantee we will employ veterans, start businesses that hire people, and will do our small part to change our communities and our country...after all, that's what we all signed up for.  

Thank you in advance for even considering making a donation.  God bless you, your family, and this the greatest country on Earth.


Justin Vélez-Hagan

Executive Director of NPRChamber, Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan

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