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“Make Memorial Day Memorable" Virtual Walk Fundraiser May 28-31, 2021

thumbnail Memorial Day WalkThis Memorial Day Weekend, Join Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) for a “Make Memorial Day Memorable Virtual Walk.”

Together, we'll get moving with our friends all over the country and break a sweat to raise money for injured veteran entrepreneurs!

Join here!    https://go.dojiggy.io/wvfvwalk

 Let's All Walk for Those Who Walked Before Us

Over the course of Memorial Day Weekend (5/28-5/31), you walk whenever and wherever it is convenient for you!

Make Memorial Day Memorable by walking to a local veterans' memorial.  Or walk through a cemetery and see the flags honoring the fallen.

Be sure to take photos and tag us (FB @workvesselsforvets IG @workvessels4vets) and use the hashtag #WVFVwalk. This is a great time to get the whole family involved - and a great chance to teach your kids about the true meaning of Memorial Day. If social media isn’t for you, that’s ok too! Anyone can join us and you can always email your photos to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Work Vessels for Vets Awards $60,000 in 2021 Q1 to 15 Injured Veterans

2021 LAKE tractor presentationMYSTIC, CT.   Work Vessels for Vets announces $60,000 in equipment awards in the first quarter of 2021.  to 14 injured veterans and one veteran-serving nonprofit..  Work Vessels for Vets is a Mystic, Connecticut-based national charity that gives equipment to wounded veterans who are starting a business.  Since 2008 this award-winning, volunteer-run charity has provided 2200 veteran-entrepreneurs in all 50 states with equipment valued at more than $3.4 million.

"Just in time for Spring planting, Work Vessels for Vets assembled funds to send two tractors to deserving heroes, a much needed mower to a nonprofit and laptops for the Spring semester at school for those vets completing their education,” said John Niekrash, President and co-founder of the charity.

US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jeremy Lake served 5 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, surviving two IED bombings that resulted in spinal and TBI injuries.  He medically retired with two Purple Hearts to the family farm in Pennsylvania where his family is restoring the grandfather’s large fruit orchards and planting 700 blueberry and raspberry bushes.  Work Vessels for Vets was able to assemble donors to purchase a large tractor, adapted to accommodate his injuries to help with the Spring planting. 

Mulefoot HogsArmy Corporal Ryan Salvas (here with his Mulefoot pigs)  is not letting his 90% medical disability rating stop him from pursuing his dream of raising heirloom breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens on his eastern Connecticut acreage.  With help from local VFWs in Lyme/Old Lyme and Canterbury, Work Vessels for Vets purchased the big tractor outfitted for the tasks, reducing the aggravation of his combat injuries.

In addition, a nonprofit equine therapy program for veterans in PA received a commercial mower and 14 veterans across the country received refurbished laptops for school, including a high end laptop valued at $1900 sent to an injured Army Special Forces veteran enrolled in medical studies at George Washington University,  The laptop was donated by a Mystic, CT widow of a local executive in honor of her husband’s military service. 


For Veterans

For Veterans
This organization is highly professional, deeply supportive, and personally invested in every veteran they help.” US Army Sgt Clayton, wounded in Iraq on her adaptive ATV.

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For Our Donors

For Our Donors
Work Vessels for Veterans is honored by the contributions of our business sponsors; local, national, and global. We are grateful for their support!

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How We Help

How We Help
Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. (WVFV), is an IRS 501(c) (3) non- profit organization, that matches donations of vessels, vehicles, equipment, tools and electronics to veterans of Iraq or Afghanistan as they start a business or pursue career education.

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