My biggest concern is Veterans who suffer from homelessness, Potential Homelessness, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Combat Injuries and PTSD. There is a large amount of homelessness, drug abuse and alcoholism among Veterans and military personnel who come home because of predators who take advantage of Veterans and their families in the form of Housing Loans, unfair labor practices and discrimination. I will be setting up a Veterans Outreach Center in Lancaster County, Nebraska to help not only personnel seperating from active duty, but also veterans who suffer from homelessness, alcoholism, drug abuse and PTSD. For too long this country has called upon their sons and daughters to go to war, and then throw them away. Our veterans have become second class citizens because they are not needed anymore or that they do not feel needed or have a sense of purpose. With the government lacking in resources it is up to the Citizenry to step up to help our veterans regain their sense of purpose and pride not only in themselves but their families. Because veterans are at higher risk of alcoholism, drug-abuse, and suicide, the VA is not equipped nor competent in dealing with their needs or numbers. This has been proven by the recent scandals that have engulfed the media headlines.
America needs Veterans helping Veterans. not some incompetent desk jockey who has never seen war nor served in the military. Ideally This would be a hand up, not a hand out, to give veterans of Lancaster County a place to call their own and help them create a better quality of life for themselves and their families.Facebook Page
A Veteran's Center to help coordinate with local programs, Job Services, Veteran's Benefit programs, Legal Help through pro bono Lawyers and general help to veteran's and their families,
A fund to help veterans keep their homes if they are evicted, Help with deposits for Housing and Utilities,
A food pantry with a preference for veteran families,
Help for veterans find decent healthcare for any mental and physical conditions,
A veteran's Health/Dental Clinic to help Veterans and their families to provide general medical and Dental care on a sliding fee scale,
A Down Payment program to help Veterans gain home ownership, as well as a veteran's Home Loan program,
A Veteran's Learning Center in Conjunction with various OCW and Open Course Ware programs as well as Paying for the Certificates through Allison.com free education site to help give them credentials and job skills,
A scholarship program to help Veterans gain training at local colleges
VeteranCorps which helps veterans to volunteer in community work here and abroad to utilize their skills and training to help others in need. It would be like a Peace Corps and the Americorps but with Veterans in mind rather than the general populace. It will give them a sense of purpose and duty as well as getting paid for their time,
A Small Business Grant Program for Veterans to start up or expand their businesses,
A Small Business Loan Program for Veteran's to Start up or Expand their businesses,
Counseling programs and groups for at risk Veterans and their families to help cope with PTSD, Drug Abuse, and Alcoholism
A thrift store to provide jobs for veterans, and general income to the general fund,
A Temporary Veteran's Homeless Shelter to provide shelter and meals to transient homeless Veterans
A Veterans Art Group and Gallery
A Chapel for Veterans, as I am a reverend with the Universal Life Church.
Plans include adding offices in surrounding counties and states, eventually going nationwide and to purchase apartment complexes to help homeless veterans and families find a decent place to stay to help them get on their feet and eventually after regaining a productive place in society paying just below fair market value for rent which will go into the general fund to help other veterans. I will be working with section 8 housing as well as HUD Housing and Habitat for Humanity. Low Income Housing will also be provided for the general public and the moneys involved will be put into the general fund for the Veteran's Outreach Center.
All Loan Programs will be at 1% interest as I do not believe in Usury.
Rents will be as follows and will include Water and Electric:
1 Bedrooms $325
2 Bedrooms $400
3 Bedrooms $475
4 Bedrooms if available $550
They are below market value, because I do not believe in usury which the local landlords are guilty of. If there are businesses willing to donate complexes or a building to The Lancaster Veterans Out Reach Contact me via Facebook or Twitter.
I would also like to have paid positions for counselors, and social service personnel to help veterans find the help they need, and to help them find purpose.
I will be helping veterans in the off tax season to help them achieve help from agencies and start counseling groups for general support, PTSD, Alcoholism, and Drug Abuse. I am a war-time veteran and it will be my job to help veterans help themselves. I will also help homeless veterans and disabled veterans find the help that they might need. My fellow veterans need more advocates and sometimes help to keep a certain standard of living and a good quality of life.
I am also raising money to move to Lincoln NE and setup my new office. I run a semi-successful Tax Business but I need a bigger Customer Base, which Casper, Wyoming cannot provide. I also plan on expanding my business by hiring more employees, setting up a new information system and network and renting an office. My business is veteran owned and operated.
For the jobs, I will give veterans a preferred status when considering current hiring, as well as in the future.
I am a retired Marine who has a fiance and two children still living with me. I received one Associate's Degree, three Bachelor's degrees, Three Master's Degrees and one Doctorate since I took early retirement in 2004. While the degrees give me a powerful position and standing, they also over-qualify me for regular jobs.
I wish to return to Lincoln because I went to the University of Nebraska where I received my first Bachelor's Degree of Business Administration in Information Systems Management. I did my other Bachelor's Degrees, my three Master's and my Doctoral Degree online. My Family is also situated there. My Father and little Sister live in Beatrice, My younger stepbrother lives in Norfolk, and my Baby Brother lives in Kearney. I also have several Neices and nephews who live in Lincoln, NE Area.
The funds will be used as follows:
50,000 for a new information system which includes six new computer workstations,Network Attached Storage, Software and Office Furniture including and not limited to desks, shelves, filing cabinets, Chairs and organizers.
122,000 for operating costs
300,000 for the paid positions
200,000 for a building
150,000 for a food pantry
3,000 for moving to Lincoln, NE.
25,000 for advertising
150,000 for a loan expanding my Tax business and the setup of the Tax office which will be repaid back into the general fund.
For a total of $1,000,000.00
$1,000,000 for the Setup of the Veteran's Outreach Thrift Store and general Thrift Store operating fund.
$1,000,000 for the Homeless Shelter to purchase a building and a general operating fund.
$2,000,000 for A veteran's Health clinic, $750,000 of which will be used for Recruiting and maintaining Medical Personnel and the rest for the Medical Clinc and Supplies. All Payments for services will go back into the Clinic Operations Fund
$8,000,000 for the express purpose of buying Apartment Complexes and rentals to gain income for the general fund.
$8,000,000 for the Veteran Scholarship Program
$4,000,000 for the Veteran Small Business grant/Loan Program
$14,000,000 for the Veteran Down Payment Grant and the Veteran Home Loan Programs.
The other $11,000,000 will be going into a general fund for the purpose of providing general aid to veterans, veteran's families and Military families who have lost a family member due to military conflict in terms of Rent Payment, Utility Deposits/Payments, Food Pantry, and Clothing Vouchers.
This will add new jobs, which adds to the local economy at the start with more in the future. Jobs include 6 full-time Social Worker Positions and 4 Full-time Counselor positions, 3 Receptionists, 4 Doctors, 4 Nurses, 1 Dentist, 1 Dental Assistant, 1 Thrift Store/Food Pantry Manager, 4 food pantry Workers and 6 cashier/stocker positions. The Social Workers will be in charge of determining and providing financial aid to Veterans, their families and Military Families in time of need and financial distress and the counselors will provide counseling. The Manager, Food Pantry Workers, and Cashiers/stockers will work in the thriftstore/food pantry. The 2 Receptionists, Doctors and Nurses will work in the Health Clinic. The Health Clinic will be expanded to hopefully 2 to 3 Dentists, 2-3 Dental Assistants, 2 Dental Hygenists, 8 Doctors and 8 Nurses. General Managers and Maintenance positions for each of the apartment complexes are also possible. and planned.
The Clinic/Veteran Center/Food Pantry will be Open Monday through Friday hours 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
The Thrift Store Will Be Open Monday though Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
I plan on expanding my other business and eventually will add 30 more positions (10 more tax preparers, 2 receptionists, 4 accountants, 2 managers, 3 engineers and 9 programmers within the next 2 years) for a total of 62 employees for both the Non-Profit and for Profit organizations within 2 years. With further expansion in the software side and additions in CD Duplication and warehousing in the future. my goal is to add 200 new jobs within 5 years, with 5 Teams of Tax Preparers(5 more offices), 6 teams of Programmers, 4 teams of engineers, Two Warehouse Shifts with 3 teams each, 6 managers and 6 Teams for software duplication as well as a Research & Development Department. I believe in the 4 man team infrastructure with one team leader and 3 employees as it works well for planning and logistics. I will also be promoting in house, to provide Roth IRAs, Health Coverage and employee profit sharing which will be 10% standard given around Christmas. As profit from my For-Profit Businesses increases, I will be able to expand the other positions in the Veteran's Outreach Center/health clinic/thrift store. All Paid Positions have Veteran's Preference as the goal is to help veterans primarily, and other citizens secondly.
Further expansion plans include adding more thift stores, Health Clinics and food pantries throughout the Lincoln/Omaha area and adding more jobs to my other for profit business.
This fundraiser will help jumpstart my goals. We need to add jobs to the economy and help our veterans and while this isn't a huge addition it helps a little bit. If we had more companies with goals like mine we can increase and build our economy, because it is small businesses like mine that provide 80% of the jobs in this country. The second point is that I will be providing four valuable services to the local economy: Veterans Outreach, Tax Preparation, Software Programming, and Rapid prototyping.
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