While browsing through the 2014 quarter four issue of Business Black Box, a South Carolina Upstate Business Magazine, you may have seen a familiar face. A full-page photo of Ron Demonet, Founder of Veteran Scholarships Forever (VSF), introduced an article labeling him a “Trailblazer.”
The term couldn’t be more fitting. A veteran himself, Demonet started VSF after recognizing the difficulty veterans often have translating their military skills into business skills.
Fittingly, VSF’s article appeared alongside the issue’s feature on Lee Vining, a 10 year Army veteran. Vining struggled to find a civilian job after serving two deployments in Iraq and then battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately ended his military career.
“It’s really depressing to go from flying Blackhawks and being responsible for a million dollars in equipment to not even getting hired at Wal-Mart,” Vining says in the article. “I never got a single interview.”
It is stories like these that are at the heart of VSF’s mission. With Demonet at the helm, VSF is working to establish endowed scholarships at state community and technical colleges—that are then implemented by the institutions—to provide training to veterans and their spouses, so they can enter the job market successfully.
As stated in the article, Ron says, “The great thing about endowed scholarships is that once they’re set up, they’re always available. No […]