One of our values at The Grommet is promoting “underrepresented entrepreneurs.” They’re Makers facing extra difficulties on top of the already immense challenges of bringing a business to life. One of the groups under this underrepresented umbrella: veterans and military members.
Fundera, a small business loan service, notes, “The small business world would be a shadow of itself without the contributions of military veterans.”
And yet, funding access remains elusive. Luckily, the following organizations have their back. And they’re helping them see their business dreams become a reality and taking that first step back into civilian life.
Bunker Labs – Incubator for Veteran Entrepreneurs
While serving in the U.S. Navy, Todd Connor learned when you see something that needs to be done and you can do something about it, you don’t think twice. 25% of military veterans want to start a business when they come off of active duty. Bunker Labs serves as a business incubator. Their educational programs, networking events, and online tools help leverage the skills veterans acquired while serving. In doing so, it supplies the crucial elements every aspiring entrepreneur needs.
Patriot PAWS – Training Service Dogs for Veterans
Patriot PAWS trains service dogs to do just about anything an injured vet might need. Everything from pulling a wheelchair to picking up fallen objects to contacting help in an emergency. Beyond providing companionship and tangible assistance to injured servicemen and women, these pups are also changing the lives of inmates. Their Prison Program empowers inmates to train the dogs. It teaches incarcerated individuals a new, meaningful vocation while letting them give back to the greater good.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund – Supporting our Returning Soldiers
When our military men and women suffer injuries in the line of duty, they deserve the best possible treatment. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund makes sure that happens by supporting the research, diagnosis, and treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and psychological health conditions.
Operation Homefront- Supporting Military Families
Operation Homefront provides essential emergency assistance and emotional support for our troops, for the families they leave at home while they’re on active duty, and for wounded warriors when they return. Headquartered in San Antonio, the charity provides services through regional branches all around the country. Local staff supports emergency financial burdens of military families— including household repairs, relocation assistance, medical bills, and even food and critical baby items—as well as counseling and recovery support.
This weekend is dedicated to remembering those who gave their lives in the line of duty. We hope you join us in supporting the groups that are supporting veterans and those still serving.