It’s been 5 months since The Jonas Project really got its start and each month brings a new set of challenges and celebrations. We had an incredible interview with a representative from The Daily Beast, but we are not sure whether it will be used or not. We attended a Workforce Conference put on by a WIB (Workforce Investment Board) Collaborative and the Employment Development Department for the State of California solely for Veterans. It was a huge success. All the resources from surrounding counties in Southern California were brought together and shared for the first time. TJP had an informational booth and we had many visitors come by and gather information. We recruited a new board member to join us who is a Veteran and works with Public Counsel, and we are still looking for a female Veteran with financial knowledge to join our board.
We now have 2 new Veteran Owned Businesses that we are providing with Mentors to help get their business ideas together, and we have 3 new Mentors who have signed with us.
Memorial Day brought emotional highs and a few lows. We traveled to Austin, TX then on to Dallas, TX to take part in a huge fundraiser called Carry the Load. We are very proud of Kim, our Story Teller, who was the Load Bearer for the Austin event. She helped raised quite a bit of money for the charities in TX. Kim walked 45 miles and John finished at 18 miles. I’m embarrassed to mention my very low mile mileage, but I kept base camp a happy place to come back to and refresh one’s thirst. After our TX jaunt we headed to Shreveport, LA, the birthplace of our son, Jonas. A monument was erected for both Jonas and his fellow SEAL Rob. The unveiling was on May 29. The location was beautiful, the weather was hot, and all of our friends came out to join us. This was both beautiful and difficult for me. The granite monuments sit right by the Red River in a serene location, but those 6′ pieces of granite are impossible to wrap your arms around for a hug.
Stay tune, our videos will be going up on Indiegogo for crowd funding this week. Hopefully we can bring in enough money to help our Veterans stay in business.