100% Combat-Injured Vet Gets a Happy Thanksgiving from WVFV

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From SSGT David Z of TX is 100% combat injured:   "I am a disabled veteran, I served 2 tours in Iraq as a combat medic. After being medically discharged I moved back home to Texas. Moving back home was always the plan, and to be honest we have been very blessed since moving back to our hometown. However, our dream of running a farm and ranch has had some financial snags.  I need some specialized equipment for raising poultry."

Well, Work Vessels for Vets negotiated a sizable discount from HatchingTime.com (thank you, Hatching Time)  and over $7500 worth of incubators, poultry processing equipment and accessories were delivered just before Thanksgiving.   

There was a snag, however...

SSGT Zarate reported: "The FedEx semi truck took the wrong turn and ended up getting stuck in the sand in a pasture next to our house. Our neighbor was kind enough to bring the packages over with his tractor and forks late last night. I cannot tell you how much this means to us.  Thank you so much."

Happy Thanksgiving, SSGT Z!  

From all of us at WVFV!  


WVFV uses Tractor Supply Co Veterans Day Discount for USMC Vet

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Thank you, Tractor Supply Company and Manager Tyler of Elkin, NC Store

Work Vessels for Vets celebrates Veterans Day for all veterans, and especially for USMC Maj. Ron Reed of North Carolina.  We thank Tractor Supply Company for their generous discount for the 196 feet of corral fencing for his unique business.  It's essentially an Air B and B for horses in transit!  His horse guests can stretch their legs after a day in the trailer in a beautiful and safe paddock.  And there's a bunkhouse for the handlers.  How cool is that?  Congratulations, Maj. Reed.  And Happy Veterans Day to all who served.  

Work Vessels for Vets Awards $130,000 to Injured Veterans

Equipment Grants in 2022 to 17 severely wounded veterans in 13 states.

MYSTIC, CT.   Work Vessels for Vets announces $130,000 in equipment awards to 17 injured veterans in 13 states.  Work Vessels for Vets is a Mystic, Connecticut-based national charity that gives equipment to wounded veterans who are starting a business.  Since 2008 this award-winning, volunteer-run charity has provided 2600 veteran-entrepreneurs in all 50 states with equipment valued at more than $3.6 million.  These awards have assisted hundreds of new veteran-owned businesses grow to hire thousands of fellow veterans, and created millinos in economic activity for the nation.  Contrats to all our awardees for 2022 (so far...)

The nationally accredited, award-winning  Mystic, Connecticut-based nonprofit, Work Vessels for Vets (www.WVFV.org), 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 2600 injured veterans in all 50 states.  To date, the value of these “hands up” has exceeded $3.6 million!  These awardees have gone on to hire thousands of fellow veterans and created tens of millions in economic activity. 


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Career Army SFC Jimenez awarded equipment for beekeeping

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2022    JM “Joey” JIMENEZ, US Army is a 25-year Army retiree with 100% service-connected disability rating following combat tours in Bosnia, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia and beyond.  He earned 2 Bronze Stars during his long career in the service.

SFC Jimenez received a grant of $7500 for equipment from Work Vessels for Vets for his B’s Bees farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia.  He prepared for his new business by training with several of our partners, including Boots to Business, Farmer Veteran Coalition and the West Virginia Veterans and Warriors Agriculture program run by Captain James McCormick, past president of the National Military Order of the Purple Heart..

SFC Jimenez’s 8 acre farm is a pollinator’s heaven, resplendent with clover, goldenrod, wild blackberry and other pollen rich food for bees.  B’s for Bees also raises butterflies to add to the pollination need in America. 

The BCS walk-behind tractor and bush hog and other attachments awarded by Work Vessels for Vets for SFC Jimenez is the perfect equipment to accommodates his limitations due to injuries so he can meet essential needs for his beekeeping business. 

When the back-ordered equipment was delivered this week, he wrote:

“I accomplished more today than I have in a long time.  The hand tools were amazing (game changers), the machinery is effortless.  Thank you, Work Vessels for Vets!”  Joey Jimenez

Work Vessels for Vets is a volunteer-run national charity with the mission to equip America’s injured veterans with the tools they need to start a business or pursue career training after military service.  Since 2008, WVFV has awarded over 2500 veterans in all 50 states with more than $3.5 million worth of equipment for success.  These new veteran-entrepreneurs have gone on to create hundreds of job and contribute over $15million to the economy. 



Army SSGT Jack Williams, a triple amputee in Kentucky served in Iraq and also in Afghanistan where he was injured.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor and received the Purple Heart for devastating injuries.  He loves the outdoors and founded Mohawk Adventures to take fellow veteran hunting.  Jack is an accomplished blacksmith and wants to share his skills with fellow veterans, but he needed a specialized forge.   "Blacksmithing is therapy and a good trade to know which I could pass on to other veterans to help give them a hobby and purpose in life,"   he writes in his application.  This month, Work Vessels for Vets delivered the adapted forge he needs.  Way to go, Jack!

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 


P.S. – Don’t forget to find us on Facebook & Instagram

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 http://www.WVFV.org

For more information about Grey sails Brewery and Taproom go to https://greysailbrewing.com/our-brewery/

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