WORK VESSELS FOR VETS CHARITY GIVES AWAY $85,000 TO 16 VETERAN BUSINESSES IN FIRST QUARTER of 2017
The figures don’t lie – $85,000 of “vessels” were shipped to veterans across the nation in the first three months of 2017 by Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. the Noank, Connecticut all volunteer charity that equips veteran-entrepreneurs with all kinds of tools and machines needed to start a business.
Since January this year, Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. gave equipment to 16 veteran enterprises in 11 states ranging from $4500 in adaptive sheep handling gates for an injured veteran in Michigan, to $4000 for specialized machines for antique car restoration for an injured Air Force vet in Colorado, and even a $5000 high tech precious metal jewelry welder from a Bridgeport, CT importer for a fine jewelry business owned by an injured woman veteran in San Antonio! There were three tractors for veteran farmers, and other farm equipment such as 5000 gallon rain barrels for Texas farm, cattle gates to help an injured Oklahoma rancher, and poultry fencing for a triple amputee in Texas. The largest single donation was a $45,000 John Deere tractor adapted to suit a young Georgia veteran who lost both legs in IED explosions. This unusual donation will be dedicated in June and was made possible by an anonymous donor who underwrote most of the cost. Work Vessels for Vets donated several laptops to veterans with 100% service connected disability ratings, each laptop was refurbished at no cost by Lou’s Computers of Mystic.
“We hardly believe it ourselves,” exclaimed Cathy Cook, former Connecticut State Senator and Executive Director at Noank’s Work Vessels for Vets, Inc charity. “Thanks go to Newman’s Own Foundation for funding and to individual donors who believe in our mission.”
“We are proud to support Work Vessels for Vets, and we commend the work they are doing to help veteran entrepreneurs,” said Bob Forrester, President and CEO, Newman’s Own Foundation. “Our men and women in uniform make great sacrifices in their own lives to protect the unique freedom and opportunities we enjoy as Americans, and it’s a privilege to express our gratitude for their service.”