Employer's unite: Grants, programs like Guard Support, push to open doors for veterans

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November 10, 2011
Guard Support was interviewed for the November 4-10, 2011 edition of the Boston Business Journal. Guard Support's "Hire Guard" and "Entrepreneurs' Funding Program" were both featured.

Below is an excerpt from the Boston Business Journal article published in the November 4-10, 2011 edition.

Employer's unite: Grants, programs like Guard Support, push to open doors to make room for veterans

By Julie M. Donnelly

Guard Support was launched in 2007 by Nate Dalton, President and COO of Beverly's Affiliated Manager's Group to provide short-term financial relief to struggling vets. Over the past year the nonprofit has shifted its focus to help returning Guard members secure long-term employment.

"A friend and neighbor deployed to Iraq in 2007, and I began to think about the deep burden that's put on service members," Dalton said. "It just seems unfair that we ask people to serve for us and haven't found a way to bring them back into the fold for a successful future."

Guard Support also has a new entrepreneurship fund, which helps returning Guard members either start new ventures, or re-start small businesses that languished during deployments. One such beneficiary was Helder Machado, whose Worcester-based IT consultants group Machado Consulting received a $40,000 low-interest long-term loan from Guard Support. Machado later decided to hire another returning Guard member, Ben Mehr, who was unable to return to carpentry because of a service-related back injury. Donors to Guard Support include, Eastern Bank, Danversbank, TD Bank, along with pro bono legal support from Goodwin Procter LLP. The organization has a yearly budget of $300,000-$400,000 and growing. Its list of employers that have agreed to give extra consideration to guard members includes TD Bank, Cambridge marketing software firm, Hubspot, national security firm Securitas and financial software firm EZE Castle Software, which has several offices, including one in Boston.

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