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November 11, 2010 - Veterans Green Jobs Hosts Breakfast on Veteran's Day

Where: Mile High Station

When: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Time: 7:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $30, Tables of 10 range from $350 to $10,000

Beneficiary: Veterans Green Jobs

EMCEE: Dr. John Torres

Introductions: Dr. Mit Parsons, board chair; Dr. Bill Doe, CEO; Garret Reppenhagen, Director of Veterans Development

Speaker: Col. Randy A. George

Catering: Footers Catering

Music: Tromboniacs: Ron Argotsinger, Kevin Buchananan, Douglas Harris, and Darren McClaury

Quote of the evening: "Enthusiasm is a mighty force." Col. George

Attire: Business dress, uniforms

Decor/Rental Company: Vicki Miller

Board of Directors: Mit Parsons, ED - Director; Don "Rocky" Basler; Harry Bruell; Ken Elliot; Elizabeth Hawkins; Col. John Mills (ret); Deb Porter JD; Sen. Gail Schwartz

Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett

 Mary Lou Parsons, left, S. Lynn Barber, Dr. Mit Parsons, and Carl Neu
Mary Lou Parsons, left, S. Lynn Barber, Dr. Mit Parsons, and Carl Neu
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Guests arrived bright and early for a breakfast event honoring our veterans this Veterans Day 2010. While attendees enjoyed an omelet breakfast, the Tromboniacs entertained.  Dr. John Torres, from Channel 9-KUSA, who is a retired veteran, opened the event and talked about his experiences as an Air Force veteran and his experiences as a child when his father was an Air Force veteran.  His father had a difficult transition to retired life and so Dr. Torres is particularly aware of the difficulties many veterans face, especially in finding meaningful employment.  Dr. Torres was proud to note that his son is currently serving in the Air Force.

An Honor Guard from the John S. Stewart VFW Post #1 presented the flag for the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then a succession of distinguished speakers followed:

  • Dr. Mit Parsons, board chair, took time to thank veterans for their service and to thank those people and organizations which partner with Veterans Green Jobs.
  • Dr. Bill Doe, CEO, discussed how important his personal connections and interactions with army veterans are to this day, many years after he left the service. 
  • Garett Reppenhagen, Director of Veterans Development, talked about Veterans Green Jobs mission to give returning veterans the tools and training to succeed in the workforce.  Veterans are trained to do fire mitigation, trail building and residential weatherization, just to name a few of the jobs undertaken.
  • Col. Randy A. George, U. S. Army Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, Former Commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, spoke about the importance of the efforts of the individual. One person's actions create a ripple effect that carries far and wide.  He also talked about "enthusiasm being a mighty force" in both the military and civilian life.
  • Jo Schantz, Sr. Director of Communications and Resource Development thanked everyone for attending and presented Col. George with a gift, thanking him for his inspiring words. 

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