I’m going to share with you all a story. Several people’s stories in fact. I’m also going to invite you to join me in making a difference in some veterans lives.
But first, allow me to share with you the reasons that I decided to become a charter member in Bold Americans. First of all, as you may or may not know, I’m an Air Force veteran as well as a small business owner (The Jones Zone at Keller Williams).
Recently I had the opportunity to earn some continuing education hours for my real estate license by attending a Certified Military Residential Specialist course. Now, this course wasn’t your typical continuing education course. Sure, I learned a lot on how to work with veteran and active military home buyers and sellers; you know the bullet points on VA loans and different types of programs available. The sexy stuff right. While that’s what I was expecting, that is not at all what I took away from this life changing event.
Louise Thaxton (@louisethaxton), co-founder of the American Warrior Initiative and American hero Sean Parnell (SeanParnellUSA) did an amazing job presenting the information. But what they really impressed me with was the ability they had to keep my attention the entire 4 hours! The entire seminar had my full attention, which for me, Mr. ADD, is nearly impossible.
When Karen Vaughn, mother of fallen Navy Seal, Aaron Vaughn (Seal Team VI) took the stage to speak about the day she learned about her sons death, I knew I had no more than ten minutes into the story before I would start to cry manly tears. I lasted probably 2 minutes. I looked around the fully packed auditorium, hoping to find someone else who was teary eyed like me, hoping that I wasn’t the only one crying. To my surprise I didn’t see a dry eye in the room. I kept thinking about my children and what and how I would react if something tragic happened to them. Would I be able to share the story? Probably not. The story of compassion and the human spirit moved me to my soul. Her bravery inspires millions. Her story of the simplest gestures that strangers made to her and her family on the flight to her sons funeral had my allergies running rampant. The strangers, who one by one, waited for their opportunity to pray over her and her family while departing the plane is an image that I’ll keep with me. There is a lot of ugliness in the world, but there is also a lot of beauty.
Sean Parnell, Retired Army Infantry Captain with the elite 10th Mountain Division and a veteran of 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border, got on the stage to share his story, my shoulders were leaning over my knees the entire time. As he shared his story, I kept thinking about the sacrifices our military men and women make. As he progressed in the story we learned about his first day in Afghanistan, where he held a small Afghani girl whose leg was blown off from a mortar attack. She died in his arms. I couldn’t help but put myself in his position. Here he was, a 24 year old kid and he’s expected to LEAD his platoon. I know I couldn’t have done it at 24. Hell, I don’t think I could do it at 33! I wish to someday buy this man a beer.
My favorite part of the day was at the very end. A South Carolina veteran lost everything he had in the floods last October. The landlord wasn’t paying the mortgage on the house he was renting from him, so him and his two kids were evicted. To say he was down on his luck, was an understatement. He had no idea what was going to happen next.
The American Warrior Initiative presented a well deserving Air Force veteran with a $5,000 check and a BRAND NEW DODGE!
Two lessons I took away here: 1. Don’t take anything for granted and 2. If you are in the position to help someone in need, you should do it.
I kept thinking to myself, “I need to be doing more!”
Two days prior, I was presented with the opportunity to get on the ground floor of a new online community servicing veterans, entrepreneurs, and patriots! I spoke with my friend, Tony Holden, who has a passion is starting businesses and helping veterans. In fact, in the 30 years Tony has been an entrepreneur, he has launched over 20 companies. Tony and I talked for an hour about his vision for this new community. His goal is to create a special online community for Patriots, Veterans and Entrepreneurs. One where like minded individuals and business owners can come together to create relationships, network, barter, and create a micro-economy with our peers (and yes, even earn some passive income). I told him I would think about it…well after that day, I COMMITTED, and I urge you to as well.
Well, how will Bold Americans help veterans?
The Bold American community will help fund the non-profit company Veteran Ventures through the membership packages they charge (they also offer a FREE membership). Veteran Ventures will provide aspiring veteran entrepreneurs the training and resources needed to launch a successful business. Click the link above to find out more information. You can click here to get involved!
As an added feature and to help grow this online community, Bold Americans is offering a generous affiliate marketing program. Where you have the ability to create a nice passive income revenue. Click the link below to see what’s at stake here.
I believe that we are called to make a difference in someone’s life. Maybe it’s one person, maybe it’s ten. Maybe it’s 1,000,000! I don’t know. But what I do know is starting a movement is a hell of a process and I can’t do it alone. I believe we can start a movement where fellow BOLD AMERICANS like us can give back to those veterans who want to start their own businesses. I’m looking for quality men and women who want to give back to those who have given us so much.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for local business owners, if you decide to join BOLD AMERICANS, The Jones Zone will help market your business by getting you 2 guest appearances on The Jones Zone Podcast, as well as 2 videos a month.
Oh, and one more thing, for everyone who signs up for a YEAR membership paid in full that signs up here, I’ll donate 10% of my commission checks to various veteran non profits in the Charlotte area! #PUTMYMONEYWHEREMYMOUTHIS
Stay Bold, Ponyboy,
Brian the Bold (That’s my new nickname that I gave myself, feel free to call me that)