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National Veteran Business Development Council (NVBDC) senior leadership is the organization’s foundation to accelerate programs, mentorships and increase corporate relationship opportunities for NVBDC certified Service-Disabled / Veteran Owned Businesses (SD/VOBs). National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board is a diverse and inclusive group of high-level men and women involved with procurement and supplier diversity programs from various businesses to support our Officers and Board of Directors.

Thomas Loffredo’s corporate background and rigorous training to earn the Army’s elite U.S. Ranger designation makes him a great addition to the National Veteran Business Development Council’s Advisory Board.

Formerly the Director of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement at MetLife, Inc., Thomas was instrumental in transforming the organizational model, contracting structures and service platforms for one of the most significant cost centers in the business with a $400M + annual spend. Early in his career, Thomas worked for Johnson & Johnson, NYSE, among other major corporations while affiliated with niched technology consulting firms.
With over 22 years of experience in Information Technology, technology services, strategic sourcing and procurement, Thomas has negotiated multi-million-dollar contracts with world-class technology corporations and professional services providers.
Thomas is the founder of a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB); Patriot Staffing & Services, LLC, a full-service staffing company that provides customized solutions for resource planning, sourcing/procurement, staff augmentation and vendor management. The National Veteran Business Development Council’s motto is Veterans helping Veterans, and our Advisory Board needs to have representation from Service-Disabled/Veteran Owned Businesses to stay current with the issues and concerns within the veteran owned business community.

Being a Ranger is an honor shared by a distinct few. In order to become one, you must pass a series of grueling tests that will push your body and mind to the limit. The Rangers are the most elite large-scale fighting force the Army has to offer.

“It is so important to the NVBDC mission that we appoint our advisors with the right knowledge, a proven track record, and a connection with major corporations to achieve our goals to help our certified Veteran Business Owners. One of our stated objectives for 2020 was to find and appoint U.S. Military Veterans with a strong corporate procurement background to our board and Tom meets those standards.” said Brigadier General (ret) Richard Miller, President, National Veteran Business Development Council.


America’s Warrior Partnership

America’s Warrior Partnership recently launched the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership, the first community-based program dedicated to empowering the Navajo Nation’s military veterans, their families and caregivers. The program is currently conducting proactive outreach to the estimated 15,000 veterans living in the Navajo Nation to educate them on available resources and connect them with holistic support services.

The Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership elevates the work of local veteran-serving professionals by bridging the gaps that exist between community service providers and national resources. Supported by funding from the Schultz Family Foundation, it is the culmination of the Community Integration program, which America’s Warrior Partnership conducts in three phases to assess a local veteran population, develop a program plan tailored to their needs and implement a holistic care program within their community.

“Our assessment found that local veterans seek assistance with housing, applying for benefits, accessing behavioral health support and finding reliable transportation,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We have worked closely with the community over the last year to comprehensively understand these obstacles, and the Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership was designed to holistically address them.”

The program empowers veterans to navigate issues at every stage of their post-military lives by focusing on four steps:

1. Connect veterans with requested services and community resources;
2. Educate veterans about the opportunities available to them, while also educating the community about the value that veterans can offer in a civic capacity;
3. Advocate on behalf of veterans to ensure their community delivers continuing support; and
4. Collaborate with veterans and the community to create and implement holistic plans that improve their quality of life.

“Since launching the program, we have connected with more than 114 veterans, family members and caregivers living in the Navajo Nation to support them in navigating their benefits and assisting with housing issues,” said Inann Johns of Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership. “As we continue conducting proactive outreach in the months to come, we look forward to empowering veterans with the support they have earned through their service.”

Navajo Nation veterans seeking connections with local and national resources can contact Diné Naazbaa’ Partnership by calling 928-910-4225 or visiting

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit

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In 2004, soon after the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I was living next door to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, loaded with 75,000 warriors. One day, one of them, who lived in my neighborhood and had a family, knocked on my door. While in Iraq his wife had lost her job and by the time he returned, his house had no electricity. She had run out of money but did not want to tell him until he got home. “Sir, he said, as I opened my door, “Do you have any kind of chores or repairs you need to get done?” – That is when I created a free job board for all the residents in my county, San Diego, to post jobs for our local US Marines and Navy,

It has been a tremendous sensation! Tens of thousands of our US Marines and Navy have earned extra income and found lasting friendships with many of the civilians they met. Hire Patriots even received an award for stimulating the local economy. (See Video) PEOPLE Magazine also did a feature about us in their America’s Heroes Among Us. And because of the great human interest stories our free job board creates we are frequently invited to speak on TV and radio, even nationally. (See some HERE.)

Since receiving great national media attention, we now offer to provide a localized and customized Hire Patriots website and job board for free to any community in America. This is a great opportunity for business sponsorship. The advantages of any business doing so is detailed in my Amazon best seller, The Patriotic Business Plan.

In addition to our job boards, we have held many military job fairs on bases here and across the U.S., nine marriage retreats for combat veterans, and assisted car donatein starting over 100 veteran owned businesses that now employ hundreds of other veterans every day.

Providing these great services is a heavy burden on our personal financial resources, so my wife and I founded Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit. Our critical source of support has come through our program.

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NDVets’ Monthly Minute

March has been a tough month for us due to the COVID-19 sweeping the nation.

At NDVets, we took immediate action to insure the health and well-being of our veterans and staff. Based on CDC recommendations, we immediately communicated and encouraged behaviors that help prevent the spread of illness and also provided infection prevention training to our veterans.

We are proud to say that our programs are still open and as of today, we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases.

We also launched an Emergency fundraiser on our website and Facebook page. Our Executive Director Leo Cuadradro was interviewed by ABC7 and KCRW to raise awareness on how COVID-19 is affecting homeless veterans and why we launched an Emergency Fundraiser.

You can find the story broadcasted on ABC7 here.

Homeless veterans face a higher risk of exposure to the Coronavirus sweeping the nation. While we do our very best to keep our facilities open 24/7, COVID-19 has severely impacted our operations.
The money raised will help provide emergency clothing, basic hygiene necessities and additional resources to hire temporary staff since over 20% of our staff has been affected by the school closings.


In-kind donations

Due to the shortage of basic hygiene necessities, we are actively looking for donations of: 3M face masks, hand sanitizers and plastic gloves (Large and Extra Large).

If you want to make a donation, please contact

Donate on our Facebook Fundraiser

Have a Facebook account? Donate on our Facebook COVID-19 Emergency Fundraiser!

Sneak peek into April
We continue to adapt to the ongoing changes and will keep you updated of any changes on our social media.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control for the latest Coronavirus information. You can also read about VA’s public health response and how the City of Los Angeles is responding to the Coronavirus.

Mission Roll Call Launches Social Media Campaign for Military Veterans to Connect During COVID-19 Crisis

Crowd-sourced video series will empower veterans to maintain supportive communities as social distancing practices continue

Mission Roll Call today announced the launch of “Be A Leader,” a new crowd-sourced social media video series that will empower veterans, their families and caregivers to virtually connect with each other and share their experiences during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Content shared using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag on social media will highlight stories and advice from veterans to encourage personal growth, optimistic communities and responsible behavior in the months to come.

“With a wealth of experience handling critical and stressful situations in a calm, positive manner, military veterans are ready to lead by example in this time of uncertainty,” said Garrett Cathcart, executive director of Mission Roll Call. “This campaign will give all veterans an opportunity to share how they are checking in on their buddies, entertaining their families, and staying active so others will be inspired to do the same as the nation continues to practice social distancing.”

In addition to videos created and shared by followers of Mission Roll Call’s social media channels, the series will feature insights and words of encouragement from individuals such as Medal of Honor recipients Sal Giunta and Clint Romesha, as well as retired NFL player and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.

The “Be A Leader” campaign is an extension of Mission Roll Call’s goal to provide veterans with a platform where they can make their voices heard on the key issues impacting their lives. Mission Roll Call is a program of national nonprofit America’s Warrior Partnership that has connected with more than 535,000 veterans, family members, caregivers and advocates since launching in 2019.

Veterans and community members who wish to participate can post content and follow the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the #MRCBeALeader hashtag and tagging @MissionRollCall.

About Mission Roll Call

Mission Roll Call is the first-ever movement of its kind — one dedicated to giving every veteran a voice in advocating for the issues that are important to them. The program created a digital community where veterans, their families and caregivers can make their voices heard. Veterans can share their stories through comments on our social media pages and respond to online polls about the most urgent issues facing veteran communities. These messages, views and insights are delivered directly to policymakers and civic leaders with the goal of enacting lasting, positive change.

For more information, visit Mission Roll Call is a program of America’s Warrior Partnership. America’s Warrior Partnership is a nationally recognized nonprofit with a Platinum Guidestar Seal of Transparency.

Source: America’s Warrior Partnership

Working Wardrobes Announces the Appointment of Steven Forry as the Chief Development Officer

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. (March 18, 2020): Among his new responsibilities, Forry will play a key role in helping Working Wardrobes rebuild after a fire destroyed the nonprofit’s Irvine headquarters in early February of 2020.

Throughout his professional career, Forry has raised millions of dollars for well-known organizations throughout Southern California, including St. Joseph Health’s Mission Hospital, Scripps Institute of Medicine and Science, Sharp Healthcare, UC San Diego School of Medicine & Science, and Memorial HealthCare. His proven track record includes expertise in fundraising, board development, strategic planning, capital campaigns, staff development, and organizational administration.

“We are so grateful Steven has joined our leadership team at such a critical time,” said Jerri Rosen, Founder, and CEO of Working Wardrobes. “Our world took a major turn on February 2nd after a fire devastated our operations. We’re facing this challenge head-on and with full force. I am confident that with Steven’s
guidance and support, the remainder of this year – as well as the next 30 years – will be cause for celebration!”

Along with many development achievements throughout his career, Forry’s credentials also include the management of capital campaigns for Panas, Linzy, and Partners and for DeLauro and Associates. He is a published author and educator, having taught literature at Columbia University and development classes at UC Irvine, OneOC, and regional Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences. Forry is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Working Wardrobes is Orange County’s foremost career development nonprofit, championing on behalf of at-risk men, women, young adults, and veterans to help them achieve the dignity of work. Founded in 1990 by CEO Jerri Rosen, Working Wardrobes has been serving the Southern California region for over 30 years, providing job training, career placement, and wardrobe services to more than 105,000 clients to overcome barriers to employment and achieve the Power of a Paycheck®. For more information please visit, . Please direct media inquiries to Devon Poer, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at or (949) 558-4145.

America’s Warrior Partnership Issues RFP for 2020 Symposium Speakers

America’s Warrior Partnership recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) to solicit speakers for its 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium. The event gathers hundreds of veteran-serving professionals from the private and public sectors to share best practices and connect with resources tailored to empowering military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers.

“Thousands of professionals have attended our Symposium since it launched in 2014, and one of the reasons many return year after year is to continue learning from speakers who can help them improve the services they offer veterans,” said Jim Lorraine, president and CEO of America’s Warrior Partnership. “We welcome proposals from experts who can further this mission and encourage attendees to connect with new resources and build new partnerships.”

Speakers from previous Symposiums include renowned author Sebastian Junger, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, Hope Unseen founders Scotty and Tiffany Smiley, and Medal of Honor recipients Sal Jiunta and Clint Romesha.

Presentation proposals for the 2020 Symposium should align with one of the following topics:

• Empowered veterans (with a focus on health and wellness)
• Empowered professionals (with a focus on education, business and entrepreneurship)
• Empowered families
• Empowered communities
• Empowered organizations

The submission deadline for all proposals is 5 p.m. EST on May 1, 2020.

For more information on the RFP and to submit a proposal, visit

The 2020 Annual Warrior Community Integration Symposium will take place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta from August 25 – 27, 2020. For more information and to purchase tickets to this year’s event, visit

About America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives. America’s Warrior Partnership is a force multiplier for warrior community integration that enhances communities where great Americans choose to live and contribute. For more information on the organization and how to get involved, visit

Wright Ford Young & Co. Supports Southern California Veterans By Serving as the Title Sponsor of VLI’s Lawyers for Warriors

The Irvine-based accounting firm will donate $10,000 to champion low-income veterans in need of legal assistance.

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces that Wright Ford Young & Co. will serve as the Title Sponsor of Lawyers for Warriors. This annual fundraising event unites veterans, active service members, and other military supporters and advocates to help provide life-changing pro bono legal services for low-income veterans forging new opportunities and futures for themselves and their families.

This sponsorship continues Wright Ford Young and Co.’s charitable giving to the veteran community. In 2018, Wright Ford Young and Co. sponsored VLI’s American Patriots Ball, a gala honoring and celebrating veteran empowerment and was also the 2019 Lawyers for Warriors Title Sponsor. “We believe in supporting our veterans. We also believe in the importance of pro bono services to help veterans get a hand up, not a hand out. We are honored to support Veterans Legal Institute and Lawyers for Warriors,” said Jeff Myers, CPA and co-managing partner of Wright Ford Young and Co.

“We sincerely thank Wright Ford Young & Co. for their continued support of VLI,” said Antoinette Balta, VLI Executive Director and Co-Founder. “VLI was founded on a simple premise: everyone has a moral obligation to support those who sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom, particularly for those veterans who are struggling the most. Because of generous donations from companies like Wright Ford Young & Co., VLI has helped over 6,000 at-risk and homeless veterans by removing barriers to employment, housing, and healthcare. We appreciate the generous sponsorship and look forward to using those funds to continue to serve veterans in need.”

Lawyers for Warriors 2020 will take place on September 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. To purchase tickets, donate to the silent auction, or become a sponsor, please visit The honorees are long time advocates who have made significant contributions to veterans’ causes: Attorney of the Year Sherry Bragg from Weintraub Tobin; Law Firm of the Year Umberg Zipser LLP; Community Partner of the Year ProVisors; and Veteran of the Year “The Fab Four” (Bobby McDonald, Steven Spriggs, Chase Wickersham, and Col. Pete Seitz (Ret.)).

About Veterans Legal Institute:
Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless, at risk, disabled, and low-income current and former US service members to eradicate barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and employment and foster self-sufficiency. For more information, please visit

About Wright Ford Young & Co:
Wright Ford Young & Co. is one of the premier Orange County based CPA firms that supports the growth needs of closely held companies, family businesses owners and high net worth individuals. Its employees are passionate about providing audit, tax, estate & trust and business advisory services that are solutions focused and industry specific. Wright Ford Young & Co. has invested over one million dollars since 2007 to serve for the greatest good in our local communities. For more information, please visit

Minority Women Veterans Organization’s 2020 Shero of the Year

Congratulations Keione!

Keione A. Gordon has been selected as Shero of the Year for 2020. Keione has proven to be a real inspiration to female veterans worldwide.

Keione A. Gordon served 6 years in the United States Army Medical Command; she is also a mother of three children, Auzurae 23, Adrian 22, and Kaeden 12.

Keione A. Gordon sitting in a chair wearing a dark blue dressin a professional photo
Keione A. Gordon SHERO of the Year

During her service she was awarded an ARCOM, AAMs and an MOVSM for her service to soldiers and her surrounding communities. She grew up in a Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, earned an Associate Degree in Allied Health/Medical Assisting and a Bachelor of Art in Healthcare Administration, while caring for her eldest children as a single mother. After a devastating corporate downsize, and the terminal cancer diagnosis of her father, Keione decided to follow in her many of her family’s footsteps before her and join the United States Army.

Keione has always enjoyed working with people and giving back to the community. Prior to the start of her military career, she had been active in church and several college, community, and national organizations, and spent time developing and cultivating those organizations through community involvement, activism and selfless service. She co-founded and served as the first National President of Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc., a non- profit 501c3, which allows the service minded military woman to have a true foundation and sisterhood and achieve her highest potential both professionally and personally. Alpha Gamma Xi defines a new sisterhood for military women, one with education, solidarity, philanthropy, cultural diversity and the advancement of Military Women.

She started a walk of faith in 2014 when she and 4 other veteran women decided to ban together and develop Alpha Gamma Xi Military Sorority, Inc. with a goal to be the premier Military Sorority in the World. Since, she has spearheaded the development of initiatives and programs that cater to Service Women, both past and present. She encourages the empowerment of women through membership and embodies a heart for service through her community work and outreach projects.

Her favorite part of this journey has been the ability to focus on the issues that affect many service women. She takes pride in being able to uplift women from all walks of life and lend a hand to those in need; whether it be financially, or emotionally, through programs like SHERO and the SWANS Outreach Program.

When she is not working or serving Alpha Gamma Xi, she enjoys writing, singing, and spending time with her family, who are a very important part of her life and support system. She is a licensed Medical Aesthitician and plans to open a wellness spa center focused on treatments and therapies for those who are looking for alternatives to pharmaceutical medicine.

She is many things to many people, but her most important roles in life are Mother and Daughter, though both her parents are now deceased.

“The things I love most in life are my family, my friends and my sorors. Without any one of these, I would not be who I am, I would be incomplete. They keep me grounded and humble but encourage me to reach for the stars. They believe in me even when I am unsure of myself. A constant support that I am blessed to have.”

Source: MWVO

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