Check out this press release about a new company being managed by one of the most entrepreneurial and energetic vets out there (and A Ranger Up guy and American Sin Bin founder), LTC (ret) Kelly Crigger. Veteran Tech Brigade has our full support! Please share this far and wide:
A new company with experienced
partners seeks to offer job opportunities for military veterans in the
fastest growing sector of Information Technology.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) Sep 5, 2012 -- Military
veterans aren’t finding jobs. The current unemployment rate among
veterans is 12% and among the under-24 demographic it’s twice as high.
And while many companies across the USA are doing their part to help
curb it, veteran unemployment is still near record numbers. Veteran Tech
Brigade is doing something about that.
Founded by US Army veterans and an entrepreneur with a history of
success, Veteran Tech Brigade is an IT consulting service whose goal is
to give high quality employment and leadership opportunities to military
veterans, both as independent business owners and independent
contractors in the always-expanding IT industry.
“This is all about creating opportunities for our heroes,” says CEO
Kelly Crigger. “We link IT-skilled veterans with local businesses to
provide top-tier IT services and help those companies grow with veterans
alongside them every step of the way.”
In addition to the local business focus, Veteran Tech Brigade offers
franchises and plans to establish up to one hundred teams across the
country over the next five years. “We provide every Veteran Tech Brigade
team leader with hands-on training in technology servicing, business
operations, financing, administrative functions, and marketing. In turn
they own their own business, hire more veterans, and determine their own
destiny,” Crigger adds.
Steve Spiro, a founding member of Audible.com and a serial entrepreneur,
funded the idea in order to give back to those who have sacrificed so
much for this great country. Spiro assembled a team of combat veterans
with diverse and successful backgrounds with one objective-come up with a
plan to get veterans jobs.
“Veterans leave the service with unmatched leadership skills earned by
being in positions of great responsibility and situations that break
ordinary people,” says Spiro. “They do this for the greater good of
America and deserve a position worthy of their skillset when entering
the civilian job market. We have to do something to help curb the
unemployment rate among this demographic.”
Veteran Tech Brigade provides a full spectrum IT service that diagnoses,
upgrades, and monitors business networks. Veteran Tech Brigade’s IT
professionals assess security risks, install and upgrade software and
hardware, ensure networks operate at the highest possible levels, and
enable networks to grow as the business grows. They also monitor
networks remotely through its 24-hour network operations center.
“I’m proud to support Veteran Tech Brigade and am very excited with the
work they’re doing,” says Matt Burden, founder of BlackFive.net. “VTB
will give veterans something they are in desperate need of; an
Servicing is the fastest growing sector of the Information Technology
industry. As technology grows and computing becomes increasingly
complicated, servicing companies have enjoyed a proportional growth in
the USA, which Veteran Tech Brigade will capitalize on, especially with
its network of veteran-owned businesses who take care of their own.
Veteran Tech Brigade also has a high-powered advisory board in its
corner that includes Ranger Up CEO Nick Palmisciano, American Women
Veterans founder Eve Chase, and Pittsburgh Steelers football legend
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