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    Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Teaching Combat injured Vets

    I just stumbled across this - http://veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org/about/- then did a little digging. It seems this was started by a retired cop in Delaware who is also a Swiss trained watchmaker. Bulova and Esslinger are on board and a local bank recently donated $30,000 in funding. Swatch Group donated $140K in equipment and materials

    The school opened in the fall of 2017 and is getting ready to graduate their first class. The school is preparing a dormitory building and has a wait list of 400 vets. I'm still looking into this program, it sound pretty amazing for war disabled vets, the cost per vet to attend is $0 which is pretty awesome. If anybody has more information please add it in this thread.

    This is a damn good sounding program and offers not just training and a profession but is an amazing way of helping those who served and paid for it with loss of limbs, disfigurement and other disabling injuries. Politicians love to pay lip service to veterans but often do little else, it took a retired cop to not just come up with a way of helping those vets, but the means as well. If you're interested read the following links as they provide more information (and confirmation this is an actual, thriving, non-profit for vets training program (cost to vets, ZERO dollars)). A lot of times these things look good but after a little digging...sometimes not so good. This one appears to be the real deal.

    I have no vested interest in this program, I literally stumbled across it researching a watch repair company that was asked about in another thread. But anything that helps vets, especially combat injured/disabled vets I am all for. If nothing else it's great to know that there are going to be more highly trained watchmakers, who knows maybe some of them will start their own business (P.S. we could really use some well trained vintage Seiko watchmakers, just sayin...)

    Good luck and strong work, Sam Cannan

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    Training Combat Disabled Vets to become Watchmakers
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

    Pretty cool and unique.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

    I love this. What a great program!

    I wish it weren't on the opposite side of the country from me. As a retired watchmaker with too much time on my hands (no pun intended), I would love to volunteer there.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

    Doesn't mean you couldn't try and start something up on your side, tech/trade school, non-profit, maybe a extension of the Veterans Watchmaking Initiative. Maybe they would be interested in a western US affiliate/branch. On the other hand, who's to say you couldn't do some visiting and assistant teaching or maybe offer up some online tutoring, Q&A etc.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

    For what it's worth, there is an active gofundme started by Bulova - https://www.gofundme.com/VWIBulova
    I know it's not a kickstarter for a new micro brand watch, just helping out some damaged Vets get their lives and their pride back.
    I donated, you can too. Maybe put that new watch off another few weeks or so.
    It's the least we can do for the ones that made it back.
    Hell, at least it's watch related.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

    Donation sent.

    Watches have supported a good life for me over the years. I'm happy to pay it forward.

    Thanks for posting this, I really appreciate it.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Teaching Combat injured Vets

    There's been some views on this post but I guess people aren't interested enough to comment or maybe donate. The number of people was 29 when I went to the site, it's up to 31 so I guess you and me. Too bad cause it's a damn good cause.
    http://veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org/
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Teaching Combat injured Vets

    Donated for my dad & nefew, and all other veterans..

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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Teaching Combat injured Vets

    I really thought this would get more traction, this being a watch forum and all.
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    Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative Teaching Combat injured Vets

    Awesome, what a great endeavor.
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