SBA Opens New Program for Vet-Owned Businesses

Vet-Owned Businesses Can Qualify to Access Federal Personal Property Surplus System

SBA Opens NEW PROGRAM to get Surplus Equipment for your Veteran-Owned Business

  • CLICK HERE for 12 minute video - WVFV's Cathy Cook and WVFV Awardee Maj Jim Hartman describe the IN's and OUT's for the new program.                            How to qualify for access to the Federal Surplus Property System and claim equipment for your farm or business.  
  • CLICK HERE for Small Business Administration flyer about the new program
  • Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about the program

2021 Was an Amazing Year at WVFV!

2021 TU noteThank you!  Click here to View our Top Donors of 2021

2021 was an amazing year for Work Vessels for Vets. We are VERY proud to announce that donations from individuals increased by 20% this year!  WOW!  We are so grateful that you stepped up to help us equip injured veterans as they start new businesses.  We were able to award over $180,000 in assistance to help more than 100 veterans all across America. 

We give special recognition and thanks to donors and partners like  Chris Seeger, of New Jersey who personally stepped in to provide a 1:1 match so we could purchase a $27,000 adapted tractor for SSGT Jeremy Lake, USMC who returned to revitalize his family’s apple orchards in Pennsylvania following 5 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan which resulted in combat injuries that earned 2 Purple Hearts.

We also celebrate our partnership with The Semper Fi Fund, and director BJ Leggett.  We share information and match funding for applicants to our organizations to leverage the buying power of our donors.  WVFV partnered with Semper Fi Fund for equipment for several injured vets this year, with pending applications for several more in 2022. 

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A Half-Ton of Thanks from Us to YOU!

2021 Annual Appeal EMAIL VERSION

From the bottom of OUR hearts, we thank you for believing in our mission. Our waitlist is long and we are grateful for your help.  
100% of your gift goes directly to equipment and support.  Be sure to ask if your employer will match your donation.  
 DONATE today to make a difference for those who served us. 
Mail to WVFV    P.O. Box 215    West Mystic, CT 06388

Happy Holidays, thank you & stay safe and well, 

From all The Volunteers at Work Vessels for Vets 


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Grey Sail Brewery Donates $1500 to Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc

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Hundreds attend Grey Sail Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Party on Veterans Day 2021

WESTERLY, RI – Glasses clinked and cheers for veterans went out to thank those who served from everyone at Grey Sail Brewery’s 10th Anniversary Party at their 63 Canal Street brewery and taproom.  Hundreds of active military, veterans and guests enjoyed the celebration on November 11th.  In honor of Veterans Day, active and retired members of the military enjoyed a free beer and discount. The party featured food trucks, live music, and giveaways.

“It was an amazing party,” said Jennifer Brinton, co-owner of Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island in a statement. “We appreciate that our staff, our partners in distribution, our community, and our loyal customers have all had a substantial part in us achieving this 10-year milestone.”

Grey Sail has been brewing quality, craft beer in Rhode Island for the past ten years, and now offers seven varieties in their core lineup in addition to seasonal specialties.  Grey Sail released its anniversary beer, a dry-hopped imperial pilsner, at the party. The beer is available for purchase and consumption at Grey Sail’s brewery and taproom, and in retail stores, bars, and restaurants in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

And best of all, Grey Sail Brewery presented a check for $1500 from proceeds of the Veterans’ Day event to support Work Vessels for Veterans, a local volunteer charity that awards equipment to injured veterans who are starting their own businesses.  Over 2400 veterans in all 50 states have received $3.5 million in equipment from this small group of dedicated volunteers. 

“These funds will certainly help a new veteran-owned business get off the ground,” said Cathy Cook, of Work Vessels for Vets.  “We are so grateful to Jennifer and Alan Brinton for honoring Veterans at their 10th anniversary Party.” 

“It’s been a fantastic 10 years,” said Alan Brinton.  “And we are delighted to expand our success by offering a hand-up to help veterans start their entrepreneurial journeys.”

To learn more about Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. please visit website

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Work Vessels for Vets Volunteers had a BUSY September

Ending Third Quarter with Successful Fund-raising, New Connections and Top-Ratings – All to Help Veterans Succeed!

Golf WVFV volunteersThe volunteers of Work Vessels for Vets packed in a ton of activity to end the third quarter with a flurry of fund-raisers, grant awards, new partnerships and the highest national ratings.

“The month of September was crazy!” said Executive Director Cathy Cook.  “After sitting on idle for many months due to COVID restrictions, we raised almost $60,000 in one month! And we forged strong partnerships while attending FARM AID with Michael O’Gorman, founder of Farmer Veteran Coalition.”

Dominion Energy Foundation kicked off the month by presenting a grant of $20,000 to be used for equipment awards for veterans in CT, RI, VA, NC, & SC.   Skydive for Veterans of CT and MA held their annual Jump for Vets with dozens of skydivers who each pledged at least $500 so they could jump out of perfectly good airplanes on September 11th.  Proceeds from this event is shared by Work Vessels for Vets and to a veteran nonprofit that deals with homelessness in CT.

We launched our 2nd Annual Online Auction, featuring many items crafted by our veterans.  We are still tabulating the proceeds, but so far it was $6000! 

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The PATRIOT STAR BUSINESS AWARD was established to recognize veterans whose new businesses turned the corner to profitability after receiving essential equipment from Work Vessels for Veterans.  In April 2021, WVFV Executive Director Cathy Cook personally visited several veteran businesses around the country to make the awards.

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Army veteran Joyce Carter opened her hair restoration salon in February 2020 with $2000 in specialized therapeutic equipment from Work Vessels for Vets.  Just two weeks later, she had to close due to the pandemic.  Left with all the start up bills, and no income, Joyce was afraid her dream would never come true.  But with courage and perseverance, she got through a year of COVID, and reopened in April 2021.   During her visit, Joyce reported that now she has clients who travel over 2 hours for her effective hair restoration therapy.  CONGRATULATIONS!

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Work Vessels for Vets Dedicates Tractor for Injured Army Veteran Saturday May 15th (Armed Forces Day) at Radical Roots Farm, Sterling, CT

Tractor 0535STERLING, CT.   On a glorious Armed Forces Day 2021, Work Vessels for Vets held a Tractor Dedication Ceremony to present a John Deere 89mp tractor to Army SPC Ryan Salvas, injured in Afghanistan during his tour in 2010-2011.  Salvas will use the tractor for his Radical Roots Farms in Sterling, CT where he raises heritage breeds of cattle (like the Scottish Highland pictured), pigs, sheep and fowl.  He is dedicated to paying it forward by establishing a nonprofit called ContemPLATE to help fellow veterans with PTSD, TBI and other injuries find the peace he finds through agritherapy. Scottish Highland fella

Congressman Joe Courtney, CT-2 spoke at the ceremony along with Commanders of the Canterbury, CT and Lyme/Old Lyme, CT VFWs who contributed to the purchase, to honor Salvas and the veteran-serving organizations and donors who made this award possible.  Army SPC Ryan Salvas is not letting his 90% medical disability rating stop him from pursuing his dream of raising heirloom breeds of cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens on his eastern Connecticut acreage.  With help from local VFWs in Lyme/Old Lyme and Canterbury, Work Vessels for Vets purchased the big tractor outfitted for the tasks, reducing the aggravation of his combat injuries.            

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