2018 GuideStar Platinum Award

Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. Earns 2018 GuideStar Platinum Award Highest Level of Recognition for Nonprofit Transparency and Integrity

Work Vessels for Vets, Inc., the nonprofit charity that equips America’s returning veterans with the tools they need to start a business, today earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile seal of transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. Work Vessels for Vets, Inc has consistently received this annual award since its inception. This prestigious award allows donors to focus on the progress and results of the charitable mission of Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. “In this day and age of unscrupulous so-called charities, and especially those who fraudulently dupe donors who sincerely want to help our veterans,” said WVFV Co-Founder and Chairman John Niekrash, “we are excited to share this evaluation of our organization’s integrity by an unbiased third party. Donors to Work Vessels for Vets can rest assured that their donations are spent for veterans services with integrity and transparency.”
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WVFV Founder John Niekrash accepts National Innovator Award

Founder of WVFV Receives National Award

STONINGTON-MYSTIC, CT - From Children of Restaurant Employees: Mystic's John Niekrash was recently awarded the drinks industry inaugural award for "Innovator of the Year" at the VIBE International conference of beverage executives in San Diego, California. A 40 year veteran of the beverage industry, Niekrash is co-founder of CORE (Children Of Restaurant Employees), which has assisted over 250 families navigating life-altering circumstances and raised over $3M to support the charity since it's inception in 2004. In addition, Niekrash also founded and is Chairman and CEO of WVFV (Work Vessels For Vets), a nationally recognized and award-winning public charity which has helped over 1600 veterans in all 50 States to start their civilian careers upon returning from military service. The charity began in 2008 with the donation of a lobster boat to a returning Marine in Rhode Island who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Musician Joe Walsh holding Patriot Star Award

PATRIOT STAR Awarded to Joe Walsh

To thank Joe Walsh for his deep commitment to veterans and the small organizations that support them, Work Vessels for Vets, Inc presented Joe with their esteemed PATRIOT STAR AWARD. The Patriot Star bears the embroidered star from a US Flag flown over Fallujah, Iraq. It recognizes the extraordinary efforts of individuals who are American Patriots helping our military veterans. Joe Walsh is a Gold Star child, whose father died in uniform in 1949 when Joe was an infant. The Patriot Star Award honors Joe’s work, using his celebrity and talent to help veterans organizations by playing concerts with his friends to raise funds for his Vets Aid Foundation. Rock on, Joe! You are a Patriot Star!

Maine Wounded Army Major Gifted Tractor from WVFV

Robert Jones tractor Maine Trailer 10.6.17 lo 3 600 x 450

Glenburn, Maine - Starting a farm is hard work.  It is even harder when your combat injuries make even normal tasks complicated.  This week, thanks to the generosity of several parties, a highly decorated Glenburn, Maine Army combat veteran Maj. Rob Jones received a large Allis Chalmers 60 HP tractor delivered to his farm to make his work a little easier.

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Work Vessels For Vets, Inc., delivers a new tractor to severely wounded Marine

Work Vessels For Vets, Inc., delivers a new tractor to severely wounded Marine

On June 3, 2017, severely injured US Marine Corporal Sean Adams of Maysville, Georgia received a special delivery from Work Vessels for Vets, Inc., a Connecticut-based nonprofit that equips America’s veteran-entrepreneurs with the tools they need for self-employment.  Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. using funds from an anonymous donor, purchased a specially adapted John Deere tractor valued at $60,000 to help Sean manage his 67 acre farm.  A recipient of the Purple Heart from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, he recently moved into his Smart Home built by RISE and the Gary Sinese Foundation.                         

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