Coalition in the News

$5,400 Grant Awarded to DC-based startup, Dog Tag Bakery

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, today announced that it has awarded a $5,400 grant to help fund an innovative venture that will hire and train U.S. veterans and their spouses.

Dog Tag Bakery, founded by Father Richard Curry and based on his firm belief that every person should be empowered to successfully pursue meaningful employment and achieve self-reliance, is scheduled to open for business in February 2014. The bakery is a not-for-profit venture dedicated to helping wounded veterans re-assimilate to civilian life by providing on-the-job bakery training and a tailor-made curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University.

The grant from the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes has been earmarked to provide 12 weeks of education and training for the first wounded veteran hired to work at Dog Tag Bakery.

“We are so grateful to the Coalition for being the first veteran-focused organization to step up in support of our program,” said Father Curry, currently a professor of Catholic Studies at Georgetown. “We’re committed to putting wounded warriors and their spouses back to work and providing the training they need to have successful civilian careers. That the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is joining with us at the ground floor level is both a testament to their visionary leadership and to the powerful program we have put in place.”

Each year, Dog Tag Bakery will hire a cohort of wounded warriors and their spouses that will operate the bakery during the day while attending the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University after hours. Skills ranging from baking to sales to business management will be learned at the business, while entrepreneurship and other careerbased studies are offered at the university. Read More

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