Gov. Bevin ceremonially signs legislation, including Koenig’s measure on alcohol policy reform
Gov. Walker announces campaign to promote veteran-owned businesses.
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – More than 65,000 businesses in Wisconsin are owned by veterans. Now the state of Wisconsin is working to get more people to support them.
Governor Scott Walker visited a number of businesses owned by veterans, including Ledegar Roofing in La Crosse, to announce the “Wisconsin Veteran-Owned Business” campaign.
As part of the initiative, veteran-owned businesses will be able to promote their status with a poster or sticker in their window.
Loan Program Encourages Growth of Veteran-Owned Businesses
Mayor Steve Adler unveiled a program aimed at helping veterans open their own business in Austin on Thursday.
The Veteran Loan Program will have $250,000 to help vets start or expand a business. Individual applicants can receive up to $35,000.
The city will also provide one-on-one consultation for vets to access low interest loans for their businesses.
Iwo Jima veteran Paul Merriman turned Hisco into multi-million dollar business
Iwo Jima, March 10, 1945: Machine gun bullets whizzed through the air. Explosions and screams echoed in the distance. Paul Merriman, a month shy of his 18th birthday, hid behind a rock on the beach, trapped.
He and his fellow Marines started chucking grenades toward the Japanese soldiers, now only a few dozen feet away. “I’m getting out of here,” one of his buddies said, and as soon as he stood, a bullet blew through his head.
Save Alot Food Store, now veteran owned with a new mission
DANVILLE, Va. (WSET)– New Management with a new mission. Save a lot food store shut down earlier. Now, Honor Capital, LLC runs the store, and they are Veteran owned.
Bryan Winter is the Senior Vice President for Operations at Honor Capital, “We got out of the military, and wanted to continue to do something more to continue to serve the communities,” said Winter.
With 6 stores in other states, it was time for this group to take on Danville.
Certification matters for disabled vets
For Anthony Kuhn, a Buffalo-based partner at Tully Rinckey PLLC, helping disabled veteran business owners is a way to give back.
After all, he can relate.
“I’m a disabled combat veteran,” Kuhn said, adding that he’s been in the Army for 21 years. “I’ve been a small-business owner in the past. I know where these guys are, I know what they’ve gone through and what it feels like to not know where the next check is coming from or where the next job will be lined up.”
Major veterans’ groups voice concern over Senate health bill
Major veterans’ organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation’s health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won’t be able to fill the coverage gap.
While there are more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., only about 8 million receive health care from the VA. The others rely on Medicaid, purchase insurance on state or federal exchanges, have employer-provided insurance or have no coverage at all.
In a letter Tuesday to senators, Paralyzed Veterans of America, one of the six biggest nonpartisan veterans’ groups, criticized an “opaque and closed” legislative process and proposed cuts to Medicaid that could lead to hundreds of thousands of lower-income veterans losing their insurance.
It joins a Democratic-leaning group, VoteVets, in opposing the bill. VoteVets launched a sixfigure ad campaign in two states, mostly to pressure moderate Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces a tough 2018 re-election race. Heller, who indicated his opposition to the bill last Friday, says he’s worried that too many people will lose coverage.
Two other major groups, Disabled American Veterans and AMVETS, also are expressing concern about the Senate legislation backed by President Donald Trump. They are worried the beleaguered VA — already facing an emergency $1 billion shortfall — won’t have enough money to provide federally paid health care to more patients and say VA must be better funded.
The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America have expressed broader concerns about VA underfunding but aren’t taking a position on the Senate bill.
How Veteran-Run Innovation Incubators Are Training Soldiers To Run Startups
Bunker Labs and other incubators are helping young veterans start new businesses—including one woman who found her inspiration in Afghanistan’s minefields.
U.S. Army engineer officer Kimberly Jung found her business inspiration in a rather unlikely setting: the minefields of Afghanistan.
Louisiana Launches Veterans Startup Program To Spur Job Growth
Everyone has started to notice that job creation starts with startups, especially at this day and age. A new mega-company opening up a plant with 2000+ jobs is a rarity. Many manufacturing jobs have moved overseas. In order to create jobs, more companies need to be created and there’s no better place to turn than veterans.
Our retired veterans are filled with great ideas for businesses and they have the discipline and know how to execute plans. The basic business skills, product development, business plan development and investor skills can all be taught, and learned. That’s the idea behind a new initiative announced in Louisiana this week by Governor John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, Louisiana National Guard Adjutant Gen. Glenn Curtis and Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Joey Strickland.