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Published:September 25th, 2010 14:52 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Peter Curtis and Duffy Acevedo, Vets Link Connecticut

Judyth Piazza chats with Peter Curtis and Duffy Acevedo, Vets Link Connecticut

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

What is a veteran? They are the National Guard, the Reserve, the separated honorably, those on active duty, and the retired. They are men and they are women. They have served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or the Coast Guard. They have served this country in war and peace. They have served in many cases in incomprehensible places. They are your friends. Of all races and creeds, they have served.

In Connecticut alone, there are over 300,000 veterans and some 15,000 in active service... (read more)Mission:The organization, VETS LINK, provides hands-on mentoring and services to guide veterans and their families through the financial issues that arise in their lives.

Because veterans are often reluctant to ask for assistance, our veterans` reaching out to them is the model to be used by VETS LINK. "By Veterans, for Veterans."

Major financial matters often face those on deployment and their families, particularly those in the Reserve and National Guard or those recently separated who are trying to reintegrate themselves into everyday life. They often need information and education, but more importantly, "one-on-one" services from veterans who have the experience and/or professional expertise to assist them.

Financial literacy and responsible homeownership are critical areas. Many people are woefully inadequate when it comes to financial matters. This holds true for veterans. More recent service members whose environment is generally tightly controlled have little practical experience in financial matters.

Entrepreneurship and business start-ups are on the minds of many veterans. Starting a business, business ownership and running a successful business, require significant assistance, not the least of which is "capital." Access to capital if one of the most significant issues that a start-up or established business owner can face. Navigating to positive cash flow by writing a business plan with the necessary financial statements to secure capital is a daunting task and not easily accomplished by the neophyte. Writing a competent business plan requires significant mentoring, which is rarely available to veterans.

Training and "Jobs" are on the minds of many veterans. With the environment of "green," i.e., sustainability, the need for mentored direction is even more crucial.

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