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Boots On The Ground Helping Veterans

A new Detroit company is teaming up with unemployed veterans to give them some work.

Founder Jarret Schlaff got the idea when he met a homeless veteran looking for work in Detroit. Jarret realized how many veterans in the city are unemployed, over 5600, so he decided to make a difference — and who knows boots better than veterans?

The prototype for the urban utility unisex boot was humbly started in three basements in Detroit. If the boot takes off, they’ll eventually be made in a factory.

Right now, Boots on the Ground is in its crowdfunding phase. They’re hoping to get enough backers to get their boots produced full-time right here in the Motor City.

“My hope and vision is to see more veterans that are unemployed to come back and be reiterated back into society with quality jobs and a reasonable income where they can support themselves as well as their families,” says veteran Michael Jones.

In order to get full-time production of the boots, they need to sell 360 of them at $300 a pop. You can also support the group, though, by ordering a less expensive boot they produce, or just by donating $5.

If the idea takes off, the boots will eventually cost much less than $300. If you’re able to make a donation and get a pair of boots in the meantime, visit

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Veterans Aid Protesters At Standing Rock

As many as 2,000 veterans planned to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to aid protesters who have for months clashed with the police over the construction of an oil pipeline.

The effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend the demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.”

The veterans’ plan coincides with an announcement on Tuesday by law enforcement officials that they may begin imposing fines to block supplies from entering the main protest camp after a mandatory evacuation order from the governor. Officials had warned earlier of a physical blockade, but the governor’s office later backed away from that.

Protesters have vowed to stay put. Opponents of the 1,170-mile Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered for months at the Oceti Sakowin camp, about 40 miles south of Bismarck. The Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes fear the pipeline could pollute the Missouri River and harm sacred cultural lands and tribal burial grounds.

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Giving Thanks to our Veterans

Thanksgiving Day is traditionally a day to be with family, eat delicious meals, and give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy in our life. Big or small, everyone has something to be thankful for, especially families and friends of American Veterans.

This Thanksgiving, as we gather together with friends and family in celebration of the the precious things in our lives, we encourage every American to give thanks to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces whose service and sacrifice allow us this very opportunity.

American Veterans Aid gives thanks to all service members, veterans and their families.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Trump meets with potential new Veterans Affairs Secretary

President elect Donald Trump vowed to help our veterans on the campaign trail, and upheld that same sentiment in his acceptance speech. “We will finally take care of our great veterans.” he said.

After his election on November 8th, he has been busy putting together his transition team for the White House, but in recent days he has turned his attention to Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

According to multiple news outlets, Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts met with Trump in New York on Monday morning. Brown, a Republican who campaigned for Trump, is under consideration to become Veterans Affairs secretary.

“We obviously spoke about my passion and his passion, which are veterans and veterans’ issues,” Brown told reporters. “It’s, I think, the toughest job in the cabinet is to lead the V.A., while it has so many angels working there, it has so many great problems as well.”

Brown, a member of the Army National Guard, said he believes he is “the best person” for the job. He said his priorities would be to combat veterans’ mental health issues in hopes of preventing suicides.

“I’m glad that he called and he’s going to obviously meet other folks and we should know, I would think, probably after Thanksgiving,” Brown said.

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Trump Acknowledges Veterans In Acceptance Speech

November 8th saw a momentous election in America’s history. Donald J. Trump in his acceptance speech last night after winning the presidential election over Hillary Clinton acknowledged many people. Notably, the American Veterans.

“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” he said.

“We will finally take care of our great veterans who have been so loyal, and I’ve gotten to know so many over this 18-month journey. The time I’ve spent with them during this campaign has been among my greatest honors. Our veterans are incredible people.”

With the Veterans Affairs Department under scrutiny in recent times, the hope is that real aid and assistance will be provided to the men and women of our armed forces and that true reform will be brought to the department so that our veterans can be cared for in a way that honors their service to our country and makes sure they get their benefits without any unnecessary delays.

The full speech can be seen here.

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