WVFV Fills Laptop Need For Veterans With Disabilities

(l-r) John Niekrash, Founder of WVFV, Marine Colonel Michael J. Zacchea, Program Director, Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

The Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities is a program founded at Syracuse University in 2007 and is now offered at seven universities including the University of Connecticut.

The UConn EBV program, which began in 2010, had previously benefited from the generosity of a major computer company which donated laptops to the veterans in 2010 and 2011. Now, Work Vessels for Veterans is proud to announce that it has stepped up and donated the 25 laptops to the disabled veterans participating in the 2012 EBV program.

The UConn EBV program has a proud record of success. In its first year, 11 of 13 veterans started their own businesses within two years of graduating. In 2011, 14 of 24 veterans started their own businesses within 12 months of graduating. In total, 25 veterans out of 37 have started 27 businesses. In addition, five veterans have been able to access a professional licensing or credentialing education program; an additional 3 have found full-time employment.

WVFV thanks Anything IT of Fair Lawn, New Jersey and Stanley Black and Decker of New Britain, CT for their continued unwavering support of our laptop donation efforts, and wishes UConn and this year’s EBV class continued success in the months ahead.