Non-Profit Responds to Michelle Obama’s Challenge; 1,000 iPAD2 Giveaway Program Targets Solutions for Jobless Veterans and Families
Non-profit Patriot Enterprise Project, Inc., (PEP) announced the opening of its national military veteran’s business ownership initiatives with a 1,000 iPAD2s Giveaway. The innovative non-profit donation program will accelerate legislation and veteran advocacy initiatives to help quickly establish self-sustaining careers for more than 100,000 Gulf War veterans.
Today, more than one million Gulf War veterans are unemployed. The unemployment rate for 18-24 year old veterans is three times the national average, and it’s going up. Many jobless veterans end up homeless and hopeless, a situation that’s costing American taxpayers $billions every year.
On April 12th, President Obama, Vice President Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden introduced the “Joining Forces” initiative that challenged America to do more than simply say “thank you” to our troops, and to step up with real programs.
PEP’s proposed GI Bill legislation is ground-breaking. The new GI Bill and its small business ownership programs for veterans and service-disabled veterans are two of the America’s most formidable responses to First Lady Obama’s and Dr. Biden’s “Joining Forces” challenge. The organization’s mission is to create solid career opportunities for America’s unemployed veterans, and it’s asking one million Americans to get behind the campaign.
PEP’s series of 1,000 iPAD2 Sweepstakes begins on April 24, 2011, and will run back-to-back through December 2012. All funds are immediately directed to the organization’s new GI Bill for veteran small business ownership, and programs that help veterans go quickly from battlefield-to-business ownership. It’s putting 10s of thousands of America’s most deserving families on the path to financial security.
The “Vet Biz GI Bill,” supported by the American Legion of CA, National Veteran Business Owners Association and other veteran service organizations, was drafted by service disabled veteran and PEP CEO, Andy Gibbs.
Once passed by Congress and enacted by President Obama, the non-partisan bill would direct over $150 billion to the creation of more than 70,000 new veteran-owned businesses, and indirectly, an estimated 300,000 new jobs. The bill is revenue-neutral, adding no new taxpayer cost.
One Sweepstakes winner will be drawn each time just 2,000 entries are received. Immediately after one winner is drawn, the next 2,000-entry Sweepstakes starts. There will be 1,000 winners of new iPAD2s, but the real winners are America’s veterans.
Gibbs says “When America has one million unemployed veterans, programs that put even 1,000 veterans into new jobs are too-little, too late. Our 1,000 iPAD2s Giveaway funds programs that will change the lives of over 100,000 veterans and families.”
It’s not about iPAD2s or the politics of war. It’s about creating real and immediate opportunities for America’s veterans and families and the Patriot Enterprise Project has stepped out with a very big donation program built around Apple’s iPAD2s.
Of course, a donation is not required to enter, but PEP is hoping that those who “supports the troops,” will donate to PEP's “boots on the ground” programs.
PEP is also challenging its website visitors to create another record – send one million letters to urge Congress to immediately introduce and pass the urgently needed new GI Bill. Generating and sending a letter through PEP’s website takes only two minutes. Each letter represents one currently unemployed US veteran.
About Patriot Enterprise Project, Inc.
Patriot Express Project, Inc. (http://www.2011GIBILL.org) is a non-profit corporation chartered to create, support and promote federal legislation and national programs that accelerate the creation of veteran owned and service disabled veteran owned small businesses. Its primary missions include the introduction and enactment of a new GI Bill, the Veteran’s Business Ownership Act of 2011, and the development of large scale systems to create and support 10s of thousands of new veteran-owned small businesses across America.