Jonas Project: Helps Vets Start Businesses

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The Jonas Project is a nonprofit organization started by John and Teri Kelsall, the parents of Jonas B. Kelsall—a Navy Seal who lost his life while deployed, doing what he said was "the only thing I want to do." In his memory, the Kelsalls are carrying on their son's legacy of service by honoring his passion for encouraging people to pursue their dreams with an organization that helps veterans start businesses. The organization is specifically set up to support veterans by "providing financial assistance and professional mentoring to those with a desire to become entrepreneurs; these Veterans, in turn, hire fellow Veterans as employees and ultimately contribute back to the project, ensuring the sustainability and continued growth of The Jonas Project for the benefit of future Veterans." Engaging veterans to mentor other veterans is a more sustainable approach, like The Mission Continues and while the organization is just getting underway, they are accepting applications from veterans as they continue to recruit mentors and volunteers. They are also encouraging everyone they know to "like" their Facebook page and spread the word. Learn more about The Jonas Project and how you can support military veterans who want to start a business. Do you know someone who inspires others to live their lives to the fullest by the example they set? Nominate them for next week's AmericanTown's Hero.

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