VETERANS CHOICE SUBMISSIONS

TRIDENT ANALYTICAL SOLUTIONS, INC 

Trident Analytical Solutions (Trident) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in San Diego, California. Owner and founder Jeff Everage has a deep passion for supporting Veterans, Reservists, and their families. After a 15-year military career as a Navy SEAL Officer, he founded Trident with the intention of leveraging the experience and skills of Veterans and Reservists to help small and large businesses understand and successfully procure government contracts. He recognized that prior military service imbued Veterans with a unique blend of DoD-knowledge, experience leading small teams, self-starting initiative, and a willingness to learn and adapt -- all of which are critical skills to succeed in business. 

A key component of Trident’s success in helping transition military members and military spouses is a company structure that allows for full time or part time employment, supports flexibility during relocations or mobilizations, and prioritizes the ability for employees to schedule working hours around family and Reserve commitments. As a result, Trident’s team is currently comprised of 74% Veterans and 16% Active Reservists -- many of whom transitioned to Trident directly from military service. 100% of our full-time employees are also Veterans. Additionally, Mr. Everage recognized that military spouses are an overlooked and under-utilized talent pool that is often disadvantaged in business due to frequent reassignments to geographically dispersed locations. At Trident, 47% of our employees are spouses of Active Duty servicemen and women. 

When looking to fill positions within the company, Trident always seeks referrals from its Veteran and spouse networks first. For example, two members of Trident’s leadership team, Rebecca Wayland and Travis Hogan, are both drilling Reservists and military spouses. Rebecca has been with Trident for over four years and recently moved from San Diego, California to Sasebo, Japan. She was able to keep her position with Trident, expand the company’s market, and identify and hire two other military spouses for the company. Travis has been with the Trident for over five years and in that time, has grown and been promoted within the company despite relocating four times as a military spouse and serving on year long mobilization. 

The training and experience that Trident provides its staff is invaluable to their future success. This experience includes learning about the process and nuances of government contracting, building broad marketing strategies that have contributed to the growth and success of Fortune 500 companies and small business across the United States, and first-hand experience with small business ownership and growth. As a result of our training and commitment to our staff, our team members have been actively recruited by Facebook, Tesla, and have run for Congress. We are not just here for them now, but aim to develop our employees for success in their next career steps as well. Trident is an excellent candidate for this award as a company that has been dedicated since its founding to easing the challenging transition from the military to civilian job force, connecting these two worlds, and aiding military families in attaining sustainable and meaningful careers.

A key component of Trident’s success in helping transition military members and military spouses is a company structure that allows for full time or part time employment, supports flexibility during relocations or mobilizations, and prioritizes the ability for employees to schedule working hours around family and Reserve commitments. As a result, Trident’s team is currently comprised of 74% Veterans and 16% Active Reservists -- many of whom transitioned to Trident directly from military service. 100% of our full-time employees are also Veterans. Additionally, Mr. Everage recognized that military spouses are an overlooked and under-utilized talent pool that is often disadvantaged in business due to frequent reassignments to geographically dispersed locations. At Trident, 47% of our employees are spouses of Active Duty servicemen and women. 
When looking to fill positions within the company, Trident always seeks referrals from its Veteran and spouse networks first. For example, two members of Trident’s leadership team, Rebecca Wayland and Travis Hogan, are both drilling Reservists and military spouses. Rebecca has been with Trident for over four years and recently moved from San Diego, California to Sasebo, Japan. She was able to keep her position with Trident, expand the company’s market, and identify and hire two other military spouses for the company. Travis has been with the Trident for over five years and in that time, has grown and been promoted within the company despite relocating four times as a military spouse and serving on year long mobilization. 

The training and experience that Trident provides its staff is invaluable to their future success. This experience includes learning about the process and nuances of government contracting, building broad marketing strategies that have contributed to the growth and success of Fortune 500 companies and small business across the United States, and first-hand experience with small business ownership and growth. As a result of our training and commitment to our staff, our team members have been actively recruited by Facebook, Tesla, and have run for Congress. We are not just here for them now, but aim to develop our employees for success in their next career steps as well. Trident is an excellent candidate for this award as a company that has been dedicated since its founding to easing the challenging transition from the military to civilian job force, connecting these two worlds, and aiding military families in attaining sustainable and meaningful careers.


TECH FOR TROOPS

The old proverb, Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime lies at the core of this worthwhile organization’s mission.

Tech For Troops (T4T) is a non-profit organization that provides free services to veterans. The only qualifier is that the veterans served be in financial distress. Most are homeless. All need to compete better in the hostile and oft unforgiving battlefield known to veterans and civilians alike as job search.

That battlefield requires core computer skills, access to computer technology, and an understanding of how to use those first two elements to compete effectively. T4T begins by providing qualified veterans with free computers. These computers are completely refurbished and come loaded with the basic software needed to become a tech warrior. 

But the best weapons are worthless in the hands of people who do not know how to use them. T4T solves that problem by providing free training to veterans. The training includes basic functions but also how to effectively employ the computer in job search or returning to school to further their education. Additionally, core financial skills are reviewed. These critical skills enable veterans to successfully compete in the job market. But they also provide the base tools for ambitious men and women to start their own businesses. Imagine the sense of accomplishment shared by these veterans as they start those new jobs or forge a new company!

This program is a game changer. It has enormous repercussions not only for the veterans themselves, but for their families and their communities. The program helps to empower veterans to move up the economic ladder and become economically self-sufficient.  

T4T is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, but its reach is nationwide. That reach is slowly getting more solidified as satellite training programs are established. For example, on July 4th of this year a new facility opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in a refurbished library building on the Veterans Administration grounds.

All of the above are VERY IMPORTANT contributions to veterans and their communities. But it does not stop there. T4T also recycles any components or equipment that cannot be used. Currently about 70% of electronic waste in the US ends up in landfills where it takes up space and poses other challenges because some of this e-waste is toxic and can pollute groundwater. By recycling materials T4T keeps a lot of e-waste out of the landfills. This aspect of the program has in the last couple of years seen over 185 tons of materials recycled. 

T4T is seeing a massive growth in need as word of its services spreads. This growth of over 300% per year at present speaks volumes about the need the organization is meeting. The organization also steps up in emergencies. For example, during the recent hurricanes and those of last year, T4T provided, and is still providing, services for affected veterans. In Texas, 100 newly refurbished computers found eager users. In the current aftermath of two strong hurricanes, support is being provided to some of those in need.

The economic impact of T4T also includes direct employment for veterans. The refurbishing of donated computers and the trainers in the training facilities are all veterans hired and trained in these IT jobs. This benefits local communities as well as the veterans served.

T4T also sponsors Hack For Troops, a Jeopardy-style for students to learn about cybersecurity. This fundraiser helps boost awareness of the organization while enabling about 150 students to participate.  

Veterans are connected with T4T in various ways ranging from referrals, community outreach, and even word of mouth within the veteran community. The organization is run by Executive Director Mark Casper (USMC). His drive and determination to serve his fellow veterans propels the program forward and is impacting the lives of many deserving men and women who have served this nation honorably.


PROTECTING MILITARY FAMILIES IN WISCONSIN

PMFW and Kimberly Graff have lobbied for the Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act and had tremendous bipartisan success in Wisconsin. She has won the 2018 Woman Veteran of the Year for the Wisconsin VA and has used that influence to help more veterans.

She passed laws to keep deployed parents and their families together and communicating despite divorce. She has raised money for veterans causes.


MICROHEALTH, LLC

Dr. Frank Tucker, CEO of MicroHealth, has announced the release of the SMC VA Disability Calculator, in addition to five different online Veterans Affairs Disability calculators and the firm’s My VA Disability App, the only comprehensive mobile app that helps to determine disability compensation.
“This is the first ever first automated SMC calculator designed to reduce the complexity many Veterans face with calculations,” says Dr. Frank. “We are committed to providing Veterans useful tools to help them in their transition.”
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is an added tax-free benefit paid to Veterans, their spouses, and parents. SMC is a higher rate of compensation due to special circumstances like aid and attendance by another person or by a specific disability (e.g. loss of a limb).

The process of determining SMC disability and compensation is complicated, and many Veterans may not fully understand why a certain question or type of information is required. Prior to the release of the MicroHealth tools, calculators often used terms familiar to VA disability professionals, but meant little to Veterans and offered no clarification. MicroHealth calculators are easy to understand and simplify the process complimented by a VA Disability Process Guide.
Veterans are facing significant difficulties when applying for benefits. The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering from a backlog of applications from all service branches. Claim processing can easily take six months and some veterans have waited more than 300 days for a determination. With the installation of the automated system, the VA expects faster claims processing.

For this reason, MicroHealth has allowed individuals to access the SMC VA Disability Calculator from the MicroHealth website. The SMC VA Disability Calculator, along with the My VA Disability App, provides individuals with user-friendly tools to obtain a close estimate of the benefits they’ll receive. All calculators are available online 24/7 and free to use. Organizations who would like to embed the web-based calculators in their website may do so freely and without ads by contacting MicroHealth through their website contact form.
For users of mobile devices, the SMC VA Disability Calculator is being prepared for Google Play for Android systems. My VA Disability App is now available at Google Play for Android systems. Developed for service personnel retiring or separating from the military, the innovative apps are easy to use and provide veterans with a close approximation of the final dollar amount they can expect to receive.
MicroHealth is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business who specializes in Health Information Technology (HIT) for federal and commercial health institutions. Within the HIT domain, we specialize in Program Management, Research, Business Intelligence, Systems Engineering, Software Development, System Integration & Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, Enterprise Architecture, Business Process Re-Engineering, Information Assurance, Mobile Technology, Electronic Health Records, Health Communication, Training, Testing and Medical Logistics. At MicroHealth, we believe health information technology is less about the technology. It’s about the PEOPLE empowered with information to make better decisions; VALUE it brings to patients, providers, public health and payers; and INNOVATION that help improve patient outcomes.


TRAVIS MANION FOUNDATION

Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. TMF was founded in 2007 following the death of 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) who was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..." Guided by this mantra, veterans and families of fallen heroes continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes lives on in the next generation. TMF is uniting communities to strengthen America’s national character and veterans are leading the way.
Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) programs enable veterans to thrive by fulfilling three important components: Meaning, Engagement and Relationships.
Engagement refers to the ability to leverage personal strengths and passions in order to make an impact. Positive relationships are established with camaraderie and a close-knit network of support. Finally, Meaning develops when serving a purpose higher than oneself. Military life is designed to engage all three of these components; however, when service members leave active duty, and begin their civilian lives, they find one or all three of these lacking. TMF programs are designed to enhance these components to create a thriving individual as defined by a physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy individual.

In the last few years, a unique set of challenges and opportunities forced us to reflect on TMF’s role in forming our collective character: school shootings, natural disasters, political and cultural division, and a host of threats and tragedies that challenge our national identity. With each new challenge, we remembered the five words that launched the TMF movement after Travis’ death in 2007: “If Not Me, Then Who…”
This past year, we brought communities together with nearly 100 community projects that addressed the greatest needs of our members. We now have more than 13,000 veterans and families of the fallen leading TMF’s 100,000 Spartan members and inspiring more than 40,000 youth to join our movement of character. 
TMF is proud to unite our communities to strengthen America’s national character. And we’re honored to do it alongside a nation of Spartans who demonstrate resilience, integrity, and courage at every turn.


HIRE OUR HEROES  

The mission of Hire Our Heroes (HOH) is to empower veterans and employers with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to optimize a strategic workforce. Employment is one of the top priorities after health amid a veterans transition. Over 1 Million veterans are unemployed. 1 Million are separating from the armed forces over the next 5 years. They need support just as they have supported us and our country’s freedom. After active duty, Veterans have no employment and have little guidance in the transition from active duty.

HOH administers the tools necessary to secure employment. The team of veterans is ready to Train, Mentor and Coach these transitioning veterans into the civilian workforce. They accomplish this by offering one-on-one monthly coaching and mentoring sessions. They enlist veterans and volunteers out of Corporate America, networking events, and group training across North America.

They're a non-profit organization operated and founded by veterans for veterans.

Hire Our Heroes has reached over 100,000 Veterans since it was founded.  
They have partnered with airlines to help Veterans travel to job interviews cross country and arrange transportation, accommodations, attire, interview preparation and a variety of other services to ensure these heroes are fully prepared and confident for the interview. 
HOH offers virtual career fairs so employers and Veterans can meet on one platform from anywhere in the world. 
HOH puts on monthly transition seminars. They assist all transitioning veterans with one on one mentoring and coaching as they search for their next career as they exit the service.
They work with veterans daily on helping to re-write their resume and build their brand on social media so that they are now ready to find their next career opportunity 
HOH provides no cost training and certification to over 1400 veterans a month in various cyber security fields. 
They connect Employers who are looking to hire veterans with the HOH veteran talent pool.
HOH created the national "Hire A Veteran Day"


THE JOURNEY HOME PROJECT

Often when our veterans return from their tour of service, the tolls of war have been too great to bear alone.
Wars in the Middle East and other parts of the world have left some of our bravest service personnel with injuries that will affect them the rest of their lives. Some require intense rehabilitation and years of physical therapy.
Other trauma cannot be seen. The horrors of war leave psychological scars that make it difficult to reenter civilian life. Many are hesitant to seek the help they need, or encounter red tape and stigma when they do reach out for help.
Cutbacks to veterans’ services from the federal government, combined with an increase in wartime active personnel has put a strain on health care, education and job opportunities for veterans.
And so many want to help. The Journey Home Project sees as its mission connecting donors to veterans’ organizations that do the most good.

He (Charlie Daniels, Founder) was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service award for his support of military personnel and as well as the AmVet Silver Helmet award, an annual award that recognizes various patriotic achievements and presented by the AmVets, an organization formed by World War II veterans. 


The Journey Home Project is giving money and services grants to some of the most impactful nonprofits helping veterans. These include the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, The Sentinels of Freedom, Task Force Dagger and many more!

In addition to performing for our troops from Guantanamo Bay to Bosnia, Kuwait, South Korea, and repeated trips to Iraq for Stars for Stripes as well as visiting troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Korea, and elsewhere, Daniels started Operation Heartstrings, a program that donated 100 Gibson guitars, drums, keyboards, and microphones to deployed service members. More than 13,000 pieces of musical accessories were sent to deployed service members.


MAYORS OFFICE OF VETERAN AFFAIRS

Ely was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs on September 19, 2016. Ely believes in a community-based approach to ensuring that veterans have access to the resources and services they need.

Ely is dedicated to serving the District’s veteran community, their families, survivors, LGBTQ veteran community women veterans and military caregivers. Thought his tireless work as the Executive Director of MOVA, Ely has been solely responsible for improving a broad range of social, economic, and healthcare needs facing the District’s veteran community. 

By building strategic partnerships with public and private organizations, such as the DoD, the Veterans Administrations, and local as well as national Veteran Service organizations, Ely has been responsible for the creation of veteran-centered policy initiatives that would not otherwise have been championed in the District of Columbia. 

The strong relationships he has developed with the veteran community have borne fruit in the form of numerous programs serving local veterans. One such program is the DD-214 clinics. One of only a handful of such programs offered in the country, these clinics work with pro bono lawyers to upgrade veteran's discharge conditions. Another program spearheaded by Ely and his team is the Vets Ride program, which offers needy veterans with transportation at no cost to employment opportunities, education sessions, and medical appointments.

Building on the relationships Ely has fostered, MOVA is able to act as a one of a kind liaison between the District’s veteran community and the Mayor's office, District, and federal agencies, as well as the numerous, non-profit organizations in order to ensure that the District’s veteran community has access to the full range of resources available to them.

Lastly, but by no means, the last of the amazing work Ely has accomplished since his induction as Executive Director of MOVA is to create the monthly roundtable discussions with underserved communities within the umbrella of "veteran." These include a women veterans forum, an African American veterans forum, and an LGBTQ veterans forum - one of only two such programs in the nation. 

Ask anyone involved in servicing the veteran community the DMV area and they will tell you, Ely is a powerhouse advocate for veterans from all walks of life.


TEAM RWB

The mission of Team RWB is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Achieving our mission is only possible through the incredible efforts of hundreds of volunteer leaders that are committed to our shared vision and mission. 


We define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being. The concept of enrichment consists of three core components—health, people, and purpose—that comprise a rich life. Health: Creating frequent opportunities for team members to connect through fitness, sports, and recreation to improve physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
People: Creating authentic connections (defined as genuine, quality, supportive relationships that generate mutual trust and accountability), reflected in an increased number of close relationships and improvements in teammates’ sense of belonging, purpose, and community engagement.
Purpose: Engaging members in meaningful team and community-based experiences such as leadership and service that, beyond physical and social activities, renew self-identity and purpose in life.

Team RWB members share more than just values. We share an ethos – a set of guiding beliefs and ideals that characterize our community. An ethos persuades or inspires people to action…and that is what our organization is all about. While ethos can be sometimes hard to define, you certainly know it when you see it. Ethos is demonstrated, not stated.

The Eagle Ethos was crafted using six words that uniquely characterize Team RWB and distinguish our organization from others. While there are certain principles that all nonprofits should adhere to, these are the things that make our Team special. The Eagle Ethos can be clearly captured in an instant with a single snapshot or demonstrated over time. It can be displayed outwardly or held inside as fuel for action. But it is pervasive throughout Team RWB and known intimately by each team member who puts on that red shirt. The Eagle Ethos is passion, people, positivity, commitment, camaraderie, and community…and Team RWB lives it in action every day.

Leadership:
Eagle Leadership is all about building genuine relationships. Eagle Leaders are empathetic, authentic, and loyal leaders that build genuine relationships to effectively carry out Team RWB’s mission of enriching veterans’ lives. We believe that we can build better communities by building better leaders and the way to do that is to provide top-notch education, mentorship & experiences to the very best leaders. Of the myriad ways in which our leaders are grown and groomed the standout is that they are empowered to take charge in their communities.  

To date, we have 1,940 active Eagle leaders that are leading our members and managing our chapters across the country. Population breakdowns are as follows: 48% Veterans, 8% Active Duty, 3% Guard and 3% Reserve. 

Two of the ways we develop amazing leaders is through The Eagle Leadership Development Program (ELDP) and the Eagle Leader Fellows (ELF) Program.  

The ELDP is a sequential, 36-month curriculum designed to invest in our Eagle Leaders through education, mentorship, movement, and elevation to build empathetic, authentic, genuine, loyal, and effective chapters to enrich veterans’ lives. Year 1 focuses on the individual, year 2 on the chapter and year 3 on the community. In 2017, 397 Eagle leaders participated in 28 Eagle Leader Experiences including Trail Running, Aquatics, Storytelling, GORUCK, Triathlon, and an Athlete Experience.

The Eagle Leader Fellows (ELF) selective program is a 12-month, fully funded fellowship where candidates are immersed in leadership training and development. Since its inception in 2016, we have had 30 fellows have participated in the program, 75% of them are veterans. The program consists of three major components:
Education – Leaders will pursue a fully funded accredited certificate in leadership (or equivalent external leadership education) from top universities and programs in addition to the full complement of Team RWB leader development curriculum.
Experiences – Each candidate will have full access to attend Team RWB Athletic & Leadership Camps (both Regional & National), Leadership Seminars and Summits, beginning with the Eagle Leader Academy at the Team RWB HQ in Tampa, FL.
Mentorship – Each candidate will be mentored by actively working on projects with their Team RWB Regional Teams, to put their leadership education and experiences into action! 

Excellence:
In 2017, the Eagle Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) transformed its research capabilities from an internal research program into a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compliant research agency with Federalwide Assurance. With this advancement, Team Red, White & Blue has the means to lead with unique tools developed by veteran thought leaders in collaboration with social scientists to drive innovative thinking and evidence driven approaches to positively impact the lives of America’s veterans. 

In collaboration with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, and with the participation of thousands of Team RWB members, Team RWB developed and validated two psychometric instruments:
The Enriched Life Scale (ELS): The ELS measures veterans’, servicemembers’, and civilians’ “enrichment” (Health + People + Purpose). 
Eagle Way Assessment (EWA): The EWA assessment measures Eagle Leaders empathy, authenticity, genuineness, loyalty, and effectiveness as a leader. 

These new tools, paired with technology advancements across the organization, will enable Team RWB to implement best in class programming through research-informed decisions. The continued evolution of ERIC will give us greater capacity to demonstrate our impact to stakeholders, target members for enrichment needs assessments, and engage in continuous improvement to deliver the most efficient and effective enrichment programming and services to America’s veterans.

With over 75% reporting that they feel more connected to their community by being involved with Team RWB, we believe we are supporting our members in the right ways. Some of the marked improvements in the lives of Veterans of Team RWB include more positive relationships, increased feelings of being valued by others, sense of belonging to a greater community, and developing close, best-friend type relationships. These benchmarks are attributed to the communities being active among their members and creating healthy, fulfilling opportunities for their teams.  

Team RWB reaches Veterans through their communities and most find Team RWB as a place where they can reconnect and renew the feelings of camaraderie they once felt prior to leaving the military. While there is active outreach ongoing in communities across the country Team RWB is also very much so a grassroots type movement. By creating opportunities for members to be active and social in their communities there is a natural migration and attraction to the organization since the barriers to entry are minimal and the personal investment practically zero.  

With Team RWB, Veterans feel a very strong sense of shared purpose since joining TRWB. They have more people in their lives that motivate them (69%) and have more opportunities to inspire others (73%). Three out of four veterans also reported that they have found other people who share similar passions and feel part of something bigger than themselves. Additionally, Veterans have more people they can turn to for emotional support (57%), they are more involved in the local community (60%), they have more programs they can turn to for resources (64%), and they feel an increased sense of brotherhood/sisterhood in their lives (66%).


BLUE STAR FAMILIES

The families of our all-volunteer military make unprecedented sacrifices these days to serve our country. Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. We're committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. We believe we're all stronger when we take care of one another.

Our groundbreaking research is raising the nation's awareness of the unique challenges of military family life. With the help of neighbors across the country, Blue Star Families is overcoming the isolation and alienation of frequent moves, deployments, and reduced support from the government. Our innovative programs are solving specific challenges for military families, including fighting economic insecurity with resources that foster spouse career development, creating family strength with rich family programming, and providing critical peer support for caregivers, whose numbers are only increasing.

With more than 150,000 members in our network, including in chapters all over the world, Blue Star Families touches more than 1.5 million military family members every year. Through our research and program partnerships, Blue Star Families ensures that wherever American military families go, they can always feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive – in every community, across the nation and around the globe.

Some highlights of our impact over the course of 2017:
More than 20,000 people registered with us as Blue Star Neighbors, an increase of nearly 80 percent over the previous year.
Our volunteers donated 10,783 hours to Blue Star Families, resulting in an equivalent of $255,000 in value to the military community. 
Our membership grew meteorically by 61 percent.
Thanks to our partners, we were able to distribute 53,179 books to military children to encourage a lifelong love of learning and reading.
The Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey fielded and released its ninth report highlighting the trends and concerns within the military community.


RAYMOND JARDINE JR.

Dr. Raymond Jardine Jr. is the Chairman & CEO of Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC. His overall objectives was to become one of the largest SDVOSB in the nation and in Hawaii. Be a advocate for Native American businesses and SDVOSB federal program and under his foundation provide programs for support and advance Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Native Americans and Gap Kids.

Dr. Jardine over the last 5 years has become the largest most successful SDVOSB in Hawaii and one of the most successful SDVOSB in the nation. Dr. Jardine over the last twelve years has been a champion for Service Disabled Veterans and Veterans Small businesses in Hawaii and the nation. His advocacy, mentoring, providing subcontracting to other SDVOSB/VOSB and help shaping regulations and law makes him a perfect candidate for Veterans Small Business Champion. Dr. Jardine was the Vice Chair for the National Veterans Business Development Corporation which was a presidential appointment, Chairman of the Veterans National Veterans Technology Consortium, Chairman, American Veterans, LLC for VET GWAC, VA Advisory for
Minority Veterans, American Legion Small Business Task Force, Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Armed Forces Committee, Chairman of the Kina’ole Foundation, Director Area VI Representation for the National Guard Association of the United States, Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Business Mentor Award, Asian Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year to name a few achievement for his work and support of SDVOSB/VOSB and Native American Companies. His selfless service to help shape regulations, laws, advocacy, has been instrumental to improving the quality of life for SDVOSB. In the last 8 years he was recognized with the following awards and accomplishments:

Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Business Mentor - 2010
Hawaii Best Places to Work Hawaii Business Magazine - 2011
Hawaii National Guard Association Lifetime Award – 2013 
National SB Advocacy of the Year Runner Up – 2012
Pacific Edge Business Executive of the Year Runner Up – 2013 
Asian Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year – 2013
ESGR Pro Patria Award – 2013  
Hawaii Business New #1 Veteran Business in Hawaii – 2014  
Pacific Edge Business Executive of the Year Finalist – 2014 
Hawaii Business News #1 Veteran Owned Company – 2014
SBA Hawaii Veterans Small Business Champion – 2014 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii – 2014
Hawaii Business Magazine Top 250 Businesses - 2014 
Hawaii Business News FAST 50 - 2014 
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company – 2014
INC Magazine FAST 5000 - 2014 
DiversityBusiness #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2014
DiversityBusiness #1 8(a) in Hawaii – 2014
Pacific Edge Magazine Business Executive of the Year - 2015 
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business - 2015
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2015 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 8(a) in Hawaii - 2015 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 – 2015
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 200 Businesses – 2015
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company - 2015
Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce O’o Award -2016
SBA Hawaii Business Leader of the Year – 2016
SBA National Business Leader of the Year Runner Up - 2016 
Pacific Business News FAST 50 – 2016 
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business – 2016
DiversityBusiness.com #1 SDVOSB in Hawaii - 2016 
DiversityBusiness.com #1 8(a) in Hawaii - 2016 
DiversityBusiness.com TOP 50 – 2016 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 250 Businesses – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine Most Charitable Companies – 2016
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company – 2016
Top Environmental Engineer Firm Hawaii – 2016
Hawaii Business Magazine Most Charitable Companies - 2017
Pacific Business News #1 Veteran Owned Business - 2017
Hawaii Business Magazine TOP 250 Businesses - 2017
Top Environmental Engineer Firm in Hawaii - 2017 
VOBC Veterans Small Business Advocate - 2017
VOBC Veterans Employee of the Year - 2017
#1 Native Hawaiian Owned Company - 2017 
INC Magazine FAST 5000 - 2017
USPAACC Fast 100 - 2017
Gordon Mansfield National Veterans Advocated Award - 2017
SBA Hawaii 8(a) Business of the Year – 2018

Dr. Jardine’s company, Native Hawaii Veterans, LLC has provided subcontracting opportunities to other SDVOSB. He is currently under the GSA Mentor Protégé Program mentoring a SDVOSB that just got their SBA 8(a) status. He has spoken at conferences in Hawaii and in the mainland and help other SDVOSB get work in the federal marketplace. He has provide, at a minimum four SDVOSB work directly from contracts he was awarded. He works with the Procurement Center Representative (PCR) in Hawaii to provide more SDVOSB set aside work and in the past worked with Frank Ramos, former Small Business Director for the Department of Defense to increase the amount of work being provided to SDVOSB. He worked with Tracey Pinson to add the SDVOSB to the DOD Mentor Protégé Program and got Senator Inouye to earmark more money into the DOD MPP to support adding the SDVOSB to the program. He is mentoring 4 companies of which 2 are SDVOSB. One company is located in Honolulu, Hawaii and the other under the GSA Mentor Protégé Program in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Dr. Jardine started a Veteran’s Entrepreneur Training Support (VETS) program at Chaminade University and Hawaii Pacific University helping Veterans and Disabled Veterans start, grow and sustain a small business in the federal marketplace. This will be the fourth year of the program and now he teaches this curriculum at Hawaii Pacific University. He developed the program of instructions (POI) and also teaches the curriculum. He is trying to develop the same program in Washington DC and San Antonio. 

He was recognized by the SBA Hawaii Veterans Small Business Champion in 2014 for his work on helping veterans and disabled veterans find employment and start a business.

He continuous to give back helping veterans in Hawaii and on the mainland as a teacher, coach, mentor and advisor.

Dr. Jardine speaks at a number of conferences in Hawaii and in the mainland on the SDVOSB program. He has spoken at the National Veterans Small Business Conference, Native American Contractors Association, Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, SBA hosted conferences in Hawaii, Hawaii PTAC conference, National 8(a) conference and the RES conference (Indian Country). His worked on the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans is instrumental in bringing attention to the SDVOSB program.

Dr. Jardine advocacy on the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans helps provide the Secretary of the VA and Congress with a report to outline issues and provide recommendations to assist Veterans.

Dr. Jardine was instrumental in getting Congress to reshape the National Veterans Business Development Corporation with the Senate voting 99 to 0 to approve Dr. Jardine recommendation.

Dr. Jardine was Senator Inouye’s and Senator Akaka’s subject matter expert when concerns for SDVOSB issues and challenges were raised to their offices. He was asked by both Senators office on a number of occasions to talk to veterans that wanted to start and grow and SDVOSB in Hawaii.

He was recognize and awarded the Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance Mentor of the Year for helping Native Hawaiians and Veterans start and grow a Small Business as well as the Hawaii SBA Veterans Small Business Champion in 2014.

Dr. Jardine has gotten Congress to reshape Veterans Small Business program. He has been ask and accepted to be on the American Legion Small Business Task Force and the VA Advisory Committee for Minority Veterans. 

Dr. Jardine is concerned the Subject Matter Expert in Hawaii when it comes to SDVOSB regulations and helping them start and grow a company in the federal marketplace.  

He has been ask to speak and a number of conference particularly on the SDVOSB program.

He is highly regarding by the American Legion and VETForce in Washington DC as the go to guy in Hawaii on SDVOSB issues. 

He is the SBA Hawaii Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year of 2014 and again in 2017.

Dr. Jardine in the Hawaii SBA Business Leader of the Year for 2016 and is a finalist for the National SBA Business Leader of the Year for 2016.

He is one of the founders of the Na Koa Wounded Warrior Outrigger Canoe Regatta with over 600 paddlers in four divisions:
• Combat Veterans
• Wounded Warriors
• Veterans
• Gold Star Families
Bring awareness to the Wounded Warrior program and comradeship to the many veterans that served our nation.

He started a nonprofit 501(c)(3), Kina'ole Foundation to help Gap Kids, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Native Hawaiians in 2006 and over the last 12 years been recognized by the SBA and Veterans Organization for his continuous support to others.

His company, Native Hawaiian Veterans, LLC is the largest Veteran Own company in Hawaii and hires more Veterans and Disabled Veterans in Hawaii. He was recognized for not only hiring veterans but the only company that give full salary while a member of the Reserves and/or National Guard that works for him. Hence recognized by the ESGR for the Pro Patria Award and nominated for the Eagle Award.

He also is a member of the American Legion Small Business Task Force for over 8 years now.