Since it was founded in 2008, the Bridge Capital Foundation has provided financial assistance to returning veterans and their families. Whether it be helping them avoid foreclosure or funding necessary renovations, the Bridge Capital Foundation continues to work unrelentingly to ensure our heroes can live comfortably upon returning from overseas. With close-ties to veterans, and Michael Casalini, Bridge President, being a veteran from the U.S. Air Force himself, we feel very passionately about taking care of those who have served in the armed forces. Several times a year, Bridge Capital Solutions hosts fundraisers to raise money for the Bridge Capital Foundation, and we are working to keep building the program.
Because of the depressed job market, it’s difficult for many people to secure a job — not to mention a veteran. Veterans are often overlooked by employers, and sometimes avoided, for political or personal reasons. However, veterans have much more to offer than one might think. Not only do they deserve a job for their service to our country, but they are skilled, disciplined, and responsible adults who want to be contributing members of our society. There are monetary incentives for business owners, too. With the recently implemented “Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” and “Work Opportunity Tax Credits,” employers can receive up to $9,600 in tax credits by hiring veterans. This benefits the employers as well as the veterans, who can then afford to support themselves, and ultimately, the economy.