News: Goodwill Enterprises raises money for the Veteran Integration Program
Story by 1st Lt. Fernando Ochoa
HENDERSON, Nev. - Goodwill Enterprises, U.S. Army Advisory Board and the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion held a fundraising event at the Rio Secco Golf Club to raise money for the Veteran Integration Program, Sept. 20, in Henderson, Nev.
"The Goodwill mission is to put people to work with job placement and training," said Jessica Milazzo, Goodwill of Southern Nevada Community Affairs manager. "This event is meant to raise money for the Veteran Integration Program. A program that helps local veterans."
Goodwill of Southern Nevada was chosen to receive a grant of $350,000 from Nevada Women's Philanthropy, allowing the creation of the Veteran Integration Program. Since 2012, more than 100 veterans have received job seeker services and support.
The Veteran Integration Program also provides veterans with bus passes, gas cards, utility and childcare assistance and counseling.
Shane Lloyd, owner of GeckoWraps, former military intelligence soldier and organizer of the event, was on site to supervise the event.
"A lot of what has made me successful in my business I learned in the U.S. Army," said Lloyd. "I'm glad to be here to give back to the organization that helped me be successful."
Lloyd, who is also the chairman of the Las Vegas chapter of the U.S. Army Advisory Board, has the goal to provide consistency to Army recruiting efforts. Events like this help provide local community leaders an opportunity to meet and maintain contacts with military programs.
During the event, there was a silent auction, a box raffle, wine tasting, an English Garden Floral auction and golf tournament for charity.
The 314th CSSB was in attendance and supplied a Humvee and a troops transport vehicle for display. "We support these events because they support the troops," said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Edward Sumner, officer in charge of transportation.
The mission of the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is to provide mission command of all assigned and attached units of the Combat Sustainment Support Battalion as it operates logistics hubs of supply, transportation, and maintenance support to the Sustainment Brigade and supported Brigade Combat Teams.