Charity golf Event Yields $31,000 for Vet Awards

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Work Vessels for Vets Awards $31,000 in Equipment for Injured Veterans Thanks to Fortunato Construction Group’s “Greens for Good” Charity Golf Event

"A huge "thank you" to the owners and staff at CT's Fortunato Construction Group from everyone at Work Vessels for Vets.  Their "Grreens for Good" first annual charity golf event at Lake of Isles Golf Center at Foxwoods Casino was a resounding success, even in the rain!  The proceeds enabled Work Vessels for Vets to provide a "hand up" to these deserving new veteran-entrepreneurs.  



ARMY Ranger SGT Grayson Reed starts video business in CO   “To everyone at Work Vessels for Vets, I wanted to say thanks for the camera! I have already done two shoots with it at a parade for corgis and a for a car commercial.   It's amazing and has helped me so much, I am the happiest I have been. This is what I want to do for the rest of my life.    ”  SGT Grayson Reed.

Sgt Reed was a US Army Ranger in the 75th Ranger Regiment who went on three combat deployments to Afghanistan.  He was tasked with filming and photographing combat missions.   He got out of the military with 100% disability rating and really struggled to find a new purpose in life. He decided to start a career in photography and asked Work Vessels for Vets for help with the expensive HD Video camera he needed.  With funding from the Fortunato Construction Group “Greens for Good” tournament, WVFV delivered the $7000 camera to him.

ARMY & AIR FORCE SGT Tracy Hillman of MA receives much needed tractor
Fortunato Construction Group ‘s “Greens for Good” golf tourney also raised $7000 for a tractor!  Bronze Star awardee SGT Tracy Hillman retired from a career in both the US Army and US Air Force as a combat intelligence analyst and started a pollinator and cut flower farm. Her 100% disability injuries told her that she needed a small tractor to lift, mow and tend her bees.  Work Vessels for Vets found one near her and learned that the seller wanted to honor his family of military veterans.  Seller Mark Coleman deeply discounted the sale and went above and beyond to tune up his tractor and personally deliver it to Tracy. Up, up, and away!

ARMY SGT Dustin Alger of ID moves onward with drift boat for new guide fishing business   Mentor matching is a huge part of Work Vessels for Vets success stories.  When SGT Alger returned from several combat tours with 100% injuries, he found peace on the rivers of Idaho and requested a used drift boat for his fledgling fishing guide business.  Dan Laffin of CT, a previous WVFV awardee, was a perfect match who also takes injured vets on fly fishing trips. They developed a business plan and Work Vessels for Vets granted $8500 for the vessel, thanks to funds from Fortunato’s “Greens for Golf.”  Dustin says, “I am so amazed!  I did two tours in Iraq and one to Afghanistan. In the latter, we were the first expeditionary forces since WWII.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have stared at the Himalayas and stepped through Babylon.  Thank you.”

About Work Vessels for Vets, Inc.:  Work Vessels for Vets (, awards America’s injured veterans with the tools they need to make a successful transition from service-connected injuries to entrepreneurship.  Since its founding in 2008, the volunteers at Work Vessels for Vets, Inc awarded equipment to more than 3000 injured veterans in all 50 states.  To date, the value of these “hands up” has exceeded $4 million!  These awardees have gone on to hire thousands of fellow veterans and create tens of millions in economic activity.  Learn more about Work Vessels for Vets at OR contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oh What a Night! Work Vessels for Vets Celebrates 15 Years

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July 14, 2023.  Thank you!  Thank you!  to the sponsors and supporters of Work Vessels for Vets!  On this day Work Vessels for Vets celebrated 15 years of nonprofit service to America's injured veterans!  The party was held at Mystic Oysters - a wildly successful oyster farm started with the gift of a boat to an injured USCG veteran.  Oh What a Night!  

We announced another amazing milestone - We have awarded equipment valued at $ 4 MILLION DOLLARS to 3000 injured American veterans in all 50 states and the US Virgin Islands!  Now THAT is AMAZING!  

WVFV Celebrates 14 Years of Helping Veterans Succeed

WOW!  What a perfect night for friends, fund-raising, dancing, and eating oysters!  

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THANK YOU!  You made our 14th Year a rousing success!  A perfect July evening.  A wonderful crowd of supporters.  Amazing food and great band.      Because of you, we cleared $10,000 and funded equipment for several injured veterans from our waiting list!  HUZZAH!  
Who wants to do it again at Mystic Oysters next year?
Past Veteran awardees (l-r) USCG vet Marc H. owner of Mystic Oysters; USA Capt Loren P. owner of Maisey's Market; John Niekrash, President of WVFV; USN vet John G and Naomi G, owners of J&N Clean LLC; Cathy Cook, WVFV Exec Dir.  
Make Memorial Day Memorble

2022 Make Memorial Day Memorable National Virtual Walk

Join the Work Vessels for Vets community for our 2nd Annual Memorial Day Virtual Walk to make Memorial Day memorable for you and your family and friends.  Your donations will go 100% to  support injured veterans around the country as they start a business following combat-related disability.  You are making a difference!

Take this time to honor the fallen, and to teach our children why this day is one of remembrance for those who gave their lives to keep us free.


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