Veterans


2 Military Veterans Help Other Vets Transition to Purposeful Civilian Life

Next Avenue – Career transitions are hard for everyone, but the shift from military to civilian life can be particularly challenging. Soldiers coming back from the Vietnam War were too often treated as damaged goods by employers, according to research by Alair MacLean, sociology professor at Washington State University, it remains to be seen how welcoming employers will be to service members returning from the long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — especially those in the second half of life.


Retired Professor Offers $100K Matching Gift to Save Veterans’ Entrepreneurship Program

UConn Today – United States Marine Corps veteran Tony Audette builds custom motorcycles for celebrities, business titans, and other enthusiasts who want a bike that’s unlike any other. His exclusive motorcycles sell for upwards of $130,000.

After two years in business, Audette Motorcycles, in Canton, is thriving. Audette credits much of his business knowledge and expertise to the School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV). The startup accelerator steered him away from several costly business mistakes, he said.



Fly the Colors Program Raises $18,000 for Disabled Veteran Entrepreneurs

The Ridgefield Press– The Ridgefield Rotary Club’s Fly The Colors program has grown to include donations from more than 500 residents.

The most recent campaign saw the Rotary make a donation of $18,000 to the UConn Foundation to support the experiential training in entrepreneurship for post-9/11 veterans with disabilities.


Military Family Finds Entrepreneurship Offers Healing

Hartford Business Journal – While U.S. Marine Gulaid Ismail was serving in Iraq last decade two of his friends committed suicide. Later, Ismail suffered a nervous breakdown and was honorably discharged. If it weren’t for Davina Ismail, his wife and caregiver, he said he’d be in jail or in a grave.
“She gave me purpose to live,” Gulaid Ismail said.

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Newman’s Own Foundation Commits $6.7M to Veterans Causes

Associated Press – Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans. An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.

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Z-Medica Supports Disabled Veterans Program at UConn School of Business

PR Web – Z-Medica, LLC, a leading developer and marketer of hemostatic devices, announces today that they are supporting the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Business.


UConn Foundation Receives Grant from Rotary Club of Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Press – The UConn Foundation has received a $7,500 grant from the Rotary Club of Ridgefield that will support the UConn School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), a program offering cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management for post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to the country.