30 Jun Coffee Membership To Fund And Support Veterans After Retirement
Operation Transition Outside the Wire, a non-profit, Veteran-owned company, plans to open a ranch that will help Veterans after their military career.
Reportedly, the company has plans to develop 130 acres of land and build a ranch that will house Veterans and their family members for at least six months after their retirement.
The ranch will have about 25 tents for families, a mess, a common gathering area, a multi-service center, coffee making center and a K9 training facility for service dogs.
This program will be funded by coffee memberships that the company itself is selling.
According to the president of Operation Outside the Wire, Thomas West, the company does not accept any government grants due to certain policies. So, the entire program will be funded through coffee memberships.
Thomas stated, “Because we take the spouse, they usually don’t fund those types of programs. We are 100 percent funded by our coffee.”
West is a Veteran who is very well familiar with the problems retirees face after coming home. He served in the US Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp Pendleton and Panama. He also served in the operation Desert Storm.
It was in 2018 when West and his wife, Shannon Francis, started helping Veterans. In an interview, he said, “It’s kind of desensitizing to see it on the news that about 22 veterans attempt suicide every day. And, when you see it up close and personal, you have to get involved, you have to do something.”
With an aim to help Veterans smoothly transition into civilian lifestyles, West started a non-profit organization.
During the six-month stay at the ranch, the Veterans and fellow family members will be provided with housing, employment, training programs, transitional programs, higher education, and transportation.
Moreover, the Veterans will also be given access to various resources to help them find a job and find a new purpose in life.