Jason Skerik
Desert Storm Veteran Jason Skerik Photo Source: Alex Washburn, San Francisco Chronicle

With the current unemployment rate for veterans hovering at 15.2 percent, one unemployed disabled veteran from Desert Storm came up with a creative solution for work. Start a business, make it eco-friendly, and hire veterans as his employees.

Jason Skerik’s company, Eco-Vet, is a maid/janitorial service. It is still in the planning stages but he is getting support from the Department of Veterans Affairs through the Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Program . The program helps veterans with a service-related disability rating of at least 10 percent handle expenses for college or vocational training. Veterans like Skerik, can also get help getting their businesses off the ground.

Skerik, who lives in San Rafael, California, is getting help with his business plan through the Oakland VA Regional Office and SCORE, a nonprofit group that mentors startup business owners.

Skerik’s SCORE counselor, Hal Guthart, was impressed with him from the start.”He’s choosing to enrich his life and the lives of other veterans by starting up his own business. I think it’s an outstanding idea.”

Before Skerik was diagnosed and then treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he had little hope for survival. His business idea has given him a positive goal to reach for.  “I had gotten to the point where I thought I was not gonna be able to dream and have goals, that it was past me. This has put hope back into my life, that I have a future ahead of me.”

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Source:  San Francisco Chronicle.

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