Last week I learned for the first time about the organization “Count Me In” and its #WVEC2013 small business pitch competition initiated through the Women Veteran Entrepreneur Corps. The program is designed specifically for women business owners who are themselves veterans or are the spouse/daughter of a veteran. Being a veteran myself, I simply had to attend so I could witness the great efforts being made by yet another organization to assist veterans establish and grow new business opportunities. So I enlisted my friend, law partner, and woman business owner Elisa Fox and off we went. What ensued was nothing short of a spectacular experience. We witnessed an incredible support network for our military warriors who have answered the call to duty and returned to make their mark on the business world here at home. Elisa and I met some wonderful people and heard about some remarkable concepts, including one for a very interesting line of women’s handbags owned and operated by my new friend Becky Feeley. The winners of the competition received a free enrollment into a 9-month business accelerator program through #PeopleBiz, along with several other awards to help each of them grow their respective businesses. I am proud to have been a small part of the event and look forward to partnering with #WVEC1 at future events. Until then, best of luck to all of this year’s awardees and a heartfelt thanks to each of you for your service to our great nation!
As I arrived back to my office this afternoon from a morning seminar, I look out my window and discover quite an amazing feat being undertaken just a few floors below in Fort Worth’s Burnet Park. Fort Worth Resident and Navy Veteran Ron White, a two time U.S. National Memory Champion, has memorized the rank, first name and last name of every member of the US Military who paid the ultimate sacrifice during Operation Enduring Freedom in the Afghanistan War. This morning at 7:30 a.m. Ron began writing, from memory, the names of the 2,176 fallen men and women on a 50 ft. memorial wall constructed in the park, which looks very similar to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The picture below is from this morning, and from the looks of things he is about 2/3 of the way finished as of the posting time for this message. Hats off to you Mr. White for this unique and impressive way of remembering our fallen brothers and sisters!