Onondaga Community College was the place to be Thursday for veterans hoping to develop their entrepreneurial knowledge. The college hosted the Small Business Administration's 7th annual “Operation: Start Up & Grow” conference for veterans and other members of the military looking to start or expand their own businesses. Keynote speaker and Marine Corps veteran Lee Buttolph ended up buying his family’s lumber company in 2010. He says resources from the SBA and his military experience in Iraq prepared him for this new battle.
Veterans and their families gathered at the War Memorial Tuesday for a celebration and honoring of their service. Carol Anne Wood is the grandmother of a woman currently serving in the U-S Army. She would write poems for her granddaughter and the platoon, and quickly became known as the platoon grandmother.
Unfortunately not all service members are able to return to their families and communities. A special table was set up to honor those Missing in Action or who are Prisoners of War.
Construction began today on a brand new home for Scott Brennen, a disabled veteran of the United States Army who will live in the third Veteran's Home built by Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. The process of raising the walls began Thursday, with an ultimate goal of completing the home in time for Christmas.
Brennen returned from service to a paycheck that was too small to support his family. He explained the process that led him to seek aid from Habitat for Humanity: