Vet Fest recap: What we learned
What a beautiful day it turned out to be in Austin, Texas on November 12th for Vet Fest! I was greeted at VFW Outpost 8787 with a full parking lot and a field packed full of people. The facility provided plenty of space for the companies to set up their station, as well as some shade inside providing refreshments.
If I picked up anything from attending the event was that there is a great Veteran community that exists in this city. I got to meet so many people who represented many of the non-profit and Veteran Service Organizations today.
Team RWB was obviously present with their Red Eagle t-shirts. They were represented not only by the people who were represented their tent, but the t-shirts could be found all over the event site. A lot of community and camaraderie can be found attending one of their events.
Other organizations such as the Military Veteran Peer Network who help Veterans get connected with the proper resources, or Big Tex Gymwere present at the event. It was great to have all of these organizations who promote and provide one of the major deficiencies that Veterans miss after Military life, community, all gathered in one place to tell their story.
Another key attribute that was well represented at Vet Fest was veteran organizations that provide an impact. It’s rather a broad term but “impact” that each organization brings focused on different areas. I was really excited to run into Team Rubicon at the event. Their mission to “unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams”, is a great way to help Veterans find a new mission and a new way to help people.
The Regroup Foundation was another great group that I got to meet. The organization is currently constructing a ranch that helps both homeless and transitioning Veterans a place “a healthy, supportive living environment.” I can’t wait to see what this Organization can accomplish and hopefully spread to all of our Veterans across the United States.
Another organization who was at the event, and I have had some previous run-ins with the Austin team is Bunker labs. With a mission to “catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of Military experience to lead the American Economy”, Bunker labs definitely triggers my entrepreneurial buttons. A great non-profit that helps connect Veterans to the right business mentors and tools.
After a week full of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful day in Austin, Texas. What made the day even better was the bringing together of dozens of organizations that are focused on bettering the life of Veterans. In a challenging time for our country and our nation’s former service members, it was a win for Austin Veterans community today. A big thanks go out to event organizers Denny Katona and Steven Thornhill for putting it together.
“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” -Dalai Lama