The collaboration with Goodwill of Southern Nevada, located in Las Vegas, will connect the NVF’s vet-to-vet counseling with Goodwill’s Veteran Integration Program (VIP). VIP provides training and job opportunities for veterans transitioning from the military to civilian life.
The partnership with Aloha Hospitality in Alabama will raise funds and awareness for the NVF’s Lifeline for Vets, and provide job opportunities for local veterans in Aloha’s 14 restaurants throughout the state. The owner and CEO of Aloha Hospitality is former defensive lineman for the Alabama Crimson Tide and Miami Dolphins, Bob Baumhower. Aloha’s restaurants include Baumhower’s, Bimini Bob’s, Compleat Angler, and Bob’s Victory Grille.
“It is an honor to partner with the NVF and help courageous men and women that have sacrificed so much for our freedom,” said Baumhower. “We ask the community to help us as we work to create more stable futures for those who have given up so much for us.”
“We are so excited about this partnership with Bob and Aloha Hospitality,” said NVF Founder and President Shad Meshad. “I’m an Alabama boy originally. Alabama is a very patriotic state and the people there really care about our military and our veterans. This partnership will give patrons of Aloha’s restaurants an opportunity to support those men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for our country.”
NVF Board Member Frank Spady, who lives in Las Vegas, initiated NVF’s project with the Goodwill of Southern Nevada. Spady is the CEO and founding member of the Canada Nevada Business Council and the CEO of the Las Vegas International Press Club. The project will leverage both organizations’ programs, with the NVF referring Las Vegas veterans who call the Lifeline for Vets to the Goodwill’s veteran employment program, and Goodwill referring vets with needs outside employment to the NVF’s vet-to-vet counselors.
“Working together with Aloha Hospitality in Alabama and Goodwill in Las Vegas provides us with the opportunity to help more veterans get the services they need, to make use of all the partner organizations’ resources to maximum advantage. With the help of these partners, the NVF will be able to extend the reach of our programs to more veterans,” said Meshad.
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