Military Gathering

This is an invitation to all veterans to join at Crossroads on 8/21/18 at 6:30 pm in meeting room C. Our goal is to bring the veteran community together to be a force of action, a force for good, and to explore what God wants from us – our next set of orders. There are many veterans in our midst that are isolated and needing support. They may be unaware there are other veterans around to support them. This is open to all veterans. Snacks and drinks provided.

Thank You For Your Service: How Disabled Veterans Can Thrive as Business Owners

Veterans are some of our nation’s most brave and generous souls. From the military to the navy, from the air force to the marines, our veterans literally risked their lives so that their fellow citizens could continue living in a safe and prosperous nation.

Sadly, many veterans return home after serving their country with physical and mental health issues that can lead to other more serious issues such as suicidal thoughts and substance abuse, and possibly even a sense of uncertainty about what to do next. For wounded veterans who must now learn to live with disabilities, it can feel like hope is lost for reclaiming the lives they enjoyed before.

Thanks to government assistance programs and advances in modern technology, many veterans – including those with mental health issues and physical disabilities – are finding new freedom as business owners. In fact, if every disabled veteran in the United States started his or her own business this year, it would bring an additional 3.8 million businesses into the nation’s economy.

It’s a fact that many veterans are not only turning their lives around as entrepreneurs; many are also thriving in happy, fulfilled lifestyles and relationships. If you or a loved one are a wounded veteran considering taking taking the plunge into business ownership, here are a few things to consider:

What type of business do you want to run?

Your very first step on the path to entrepreneurship should be your business idea. What type of business do you want to run? What industry would be a good fit for you? Will you build your own idea from scratch, assist the government with a project, or open a franchise?

Veterans should also take their physical health, mental health, location and interests into consideration when deciding on the right business idea. Here’s a great list of business ideas for veterans, if you need help brainstorming.

Who are your ideal clients?

Will you continue to collaborate with the government as a contractor? This can be an easy transition for many veterans. Many of these government contracts are in high demand and include great pay and benefits.

If government contracting is not for you, you could also consider making money from your passions. Many veterans are choosing to open retail stores or selling crafts online. Wheelchair-bound veterans may be happy to know that online businesses could be a great fit for them. By taking a moment to consider your industry and the types of clients you want to work with, you can help narrow your focus and set your future business up for success!

How will you secure funding?

Financing a new business is a hurdle many business owners need some assistance overcoming – and the same is true for veterans. Luckily, the government and the Veteran’s Health Administration are here to help. The United States government offers a variety of grants for new business owners, and some of these are specifically reserved for veterans interested in opening their own businesses.

If you apply for a grant and are turned down, don’t fret. Angel investors and venture capital are two other ways to raise money to launch a new business idea. Of course, it’s important to realize that not all cities have angel investors or venture capitalists. Depending on where you live, it may be necessary to travel out of state to pitch your idea to investors.

What are you waiting for?

As you can see, there are many options for veterans looking to open their own business. Disabled veterans should not despair; entrepreneurship can be a fulfilling pathway into a free and happy life after serving your country. Although you might have to put a bit more thought into your business strategy as a disabled veteran, the rewards of running your own business are well worth it.

Veterans Resources

Resource Guide for Veterans


In Eastern Michigan, there is a strong and interconnected community supporting the men and women who serve and have served our country. We believe veterans deserve our gratitude and support for their dedication and service. That’s why SSR Law Office has produced this Veterans Resource Guide.

The purpose of this guide is to provide information on nonprofit and governmental resources to retired or serving veterans and/or military personnel in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Monroe, St. Clair, Lapeer, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee and surrounding counties. It is our intent that this information will empower and support the men and women who serve and have served our country.

Many organizations provide support to veterans. These services include housing, food programs, educational opportunities, counseling and legal help. We hope you find the following Veterans Resource Guide useful and comprehensive.

Alcohol, Drugs & Rehab

Many Macomb County veterans suffer from alcohol and drug abuse. The abuses can be associated with many other situations in any particular vet’s life, but nonetheless these issues must be faced with forthright determination. Any type of addiction is tough to overcome, but alcohol and drugs can be some of the toughest forms of addiction. This is why it’s best to seek out help when you’re ready to begin your recovery process.

Whether it’s depression, anxiety, PTSD or any kind of psychological problem, many veterans need therapy to help hash out their problems. It makes sense that there are an endless amount of therapy resources that veterans can utilize, but so many veterans don’t utilize these resources enough. If you or a loved one is a veteran who is struggling you need to understand all of the resources that are out there to help veterans overcome just about anything.

This section is a comprehensive overview of what you’ll need to know in terms of how veterans can get the help they need for alcohol and drug addiction treatments. If you know where to go in your area, who to speak to and if you’re ready to face your alcohol and drug problems, you’ll be much more prepared for a successful recovery and sobriety.

Don’t let drugs and alcohol get in your way of being the best version of yourself. The following information is here to help you help yourself. Always know, there is someone out there who really wants to help you. All you need to do is reach out.

Fallow the link below for more information,

If you need help.

A few years ago after getting fired my financial situation was really bad. After a long search in the internet I found “Semper Fi Fund”. This organization after their screening helped me tremendously more then once. Semper Fi Fund is one of the many organization committed to help disabled veterans and you can find it and many more in the “No Warriors Left Behind”. I created this app to take out the long researching out of finding help when we as veterans are in any need. The app is free for everyone and it will help friends and love once with vital information.

Free Life Saving App

FREE mobile application for suicide prevention.

This is the most important part of the app I think. In the moment of despair or desperation we are not going to remember to dial 800 274 8255 and press 1 on tap of it all. In those moment dialing a phone number is the furthers thing in our minds. With 3 taps we can be connected to a person. Tap on the red phone, tap on the phone number, and tap call we will be connected to a life person who happens to also be a veteran that will help us right away. I personally called them and they are very nice and knowledgeable. It is really refreshing to speak to another veteran in a time of need.

Like I mentioned before, the app is not only for veterans but all those that want to help prevent veteran suicide. Even if you don’t have a veteran near you knowing about the app and how it can help is useful in case you encounter a veteran or a veteran in distress.

For an Android Device they should be redirected to:

For an iOS Device they should be redirected to:

Free Listing of Veteran’s Own Companies

FREE mobile application for suicide prevention.

I will be putting together a list of Veterans Own Business. I am going to do this to bring the veteran community together. With this initiative I intent to promote my brothers and sisters hard work and creativity. I would chose to do business with company or services owned by veterans. This way our community can come together and help on another

“I am my brothers keeper”

This one entry is Marine friend that owns a remodeling company in Cincinnati, Ohio. My hope is to include all veterans own businesses around the nation.

For an Android Device they should be redirected to:

For an iOS Device they should be redirected to:

FREE mobile application for suicide prevention


Under this tab you will find a list of about 30 links that will connect you with organization that committed to help veterans specially to prevent suicide. Most of the organizations are national except the last one on the list that is local to Cincinnati, Ohio. On my next update I will include local organizations from other cities and state. The information is not only for veterans it is also for civilians and love once that want to help veterans. By getting familiar with the app a common person can help a veteran.

I can directly speak about three of the organizations.

1.       Wounded Warrior Project, oh thou with some controversy few years back it is a very committed organization to the well being of the warriors. I have been to Soldier Ride a three-day program to enrich the lives of the veterans it is a more community builder event. Another event I have taken part in is Project Odyssey, this is a kind of 4 days retreat for PTSD warriors. Project Odyssey is a game changer and a life saving event.

2.       Operation Home Front, this organization paid some of my bills directly after I lost my job.

3.       Simper Fi Fund, this organization mailed a check to pay for the repairs of my car so I could go to school after I lost job

You need to have your DD214 or any other document to prove your service.

For an Android Device they should be redirected to:

For an iOS Device they should be redirected to:

Mobile Application

This is how the app looks once downloaded or connected. I hope you can understand the flow of the app. It is pretty simple now but it will evolved to have more services and even places that offer military discount.