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Vigilant Shield Foundation 041016

Apr 5, 2016|

AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE THOMPSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH VIGILANT SHIELD FOUNDATION, ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO SUPPORTING VETERANS AND SMALL BUSINESS, AND ABOUT THEIR FUNDRAISING AUCTION.

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This is microscope and Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks and on the show anytime we can we consider it a privilege to help our events and on the show this time I would introduce you to a guy who's doing everything he can't help out that's been like to introduce Steve Thompson executive director of the vigilant shield foundation welcomed a microscope Christie's we don't. No we're gonna talk about the vigilant shield foundation in just a few minutes but I think before we get started let's hear a little bit about two to me if you tell me about Steve. I'm a Marine Corps veteran I was raised here not Hillsboro Oregon. On. I got out of Marine Corps in 2010 and I did eight years in the infantry and now why items small business owner as well Zia founder in the executive director of vision shall foundation possible. So you served in. Iraq yet okay. Yeah in the Middle East did multiple tours over there and you know got out and and kind of went on a new mission and a new mission in life and that so launch an ownership I think it's really valuable to the veteran community. It helped me out a lot when I got out. And I think it'll help out. Help a lot of veterans. Can be a little bit of an idea what the vigilant shield foundation is. All so what what we do is we help. Through a partnership with bunker. Laughs we helped mentor. Veteran punch for new orders. To get their own businesses started. And where we come in is we help with the start up capital we help make sure they have everything on board before they start. To kind of keep their debt to income ratio down and basically similar to succeed. Now. What kind of money were talking about. Half. Aren't so we're not gonna you know give give one Mara. Our vets are a 100000 dollars sunlight down but what we can offer is a portion of the start capital for. Down payment on loans or down payment on Lucy you wanna start a food truck but in. It costs here in bulls say 25 grand to get death through Trenton on you've already got to biz plan laid out. You've got all the licensing everything ready to go but now you need to buy their food truck grape. Through chuck costly five grand they need. Call Tony percent down so I need five grand to get to get used alone to get that does that up food truck. Also have you eaten that cost will write your check for five grand. And does help you any ruling that is a really amazing cool thing to be doing now we think so good so it hasn't done yet. If it got so that this is a kind of a unique thing then missed yes absolutely where did you get this idea. When I started out visual she'll will see back in not only fourteen. I look for that you know we did I have a lot of money that was. Marine Corps vet who is three kids in and you know not a dime to my name so. I kind of looked and a general area as to how how can I get funding for this project. For this business and what I found was a lot of people saying no help. And no one actually helping. In and being seen thing they DC all yet come apply for loan well you have been in business for two years yet. Well no kidnap me and visit San heading might be in business craze so. That's where I can Q did you what if this was possible. After world war two. About 50% of veterans owned small businesses banks are pretty much lining up to just hand them money hand over fist. Low interest rates or no interest rates. They were they were completely behind the veteran community. Whereas today it's about 6%. It's almost impossible. For veteran to get a loan from a bank. With output not a tremendous down payment. And I just I find that almost almost criminal so absolutely. You know we don't get paid off and altered in its really hard to save later in the military is yours bind here you do if you got Stanley well there goes your money right there so. I just I thought how can we how we make this easier how to make this better. And that's where this idea came from wade and boy have things changed over the years. Off I don't know I think. You know I don't when he brings commanding enough. I think they don't like financial institutions have got a little bit greedy. And it just really there's there's not that. Deb backing behind the veteran communities that there was after World War II you know that was our that was the America look dated diesels are sons our daughters and those are our failures our fathers you know. Those are Brothers we need to take care of them whereas today's. It's. It's it's a little bit depressing to see the way that where. Perceived you know whip or the way where we're not taking care of and the analysts say it's is somewhere we're dealing with in the that are community as a whole. But how great for you that that. You've overcome this and you are starting as an amazing foundation in business model and wow ya you know it wasn't easy. I got out and like a lot of veterans you know I had a hard time when I first got out you know for the first about three years that I was out. And he really took my wife. Trying to couldn't couldn't Bruton bought the you know get me out he is saying hey you know he had a united get out there and do some confined new mission. And the only losing and I can think of was well I try to go to welding school and die with my injuries I I just I couldn't couldn't do it so. I do you have. You know the military teaches you. Leadership and in persistence and perseverance. So I fear what can I do it dad well. I'm I don't really wanna work for somebody else make you know much money wanna work from myself so that's why did in and I figured. Well with this company imminent start making out. We'll we'll start with an apparel line which we have right now if and now from there were answers sound better and made products because there's a lot of that's out there that can make. Knives flags. At a whole slew different things. Well they don't have any platform assault on the sounding guy out John. To solve that that's kind of where we're going with our lives are all seaside as a southern company that's really cool thing that though a little be bit available lines right yup yup we do we were just starting does Sul that are made products we have. Guys to step makes beard oils. For me help me out bearded guy zero I think a lot of a lot of people you know it's. It's in its say it's weird thing when he came up to me with it and you know I never really heard something like that and does I tried it knows when I was actually kind of nice so you know if the issue run my fingers through my beard it's weird problem. So anyways that's that's the casting a talking about young that's the stuff he makes and well now we have a platform that he consult on. Is same thing would can I know lots of vets at that make hunting knives and and you know fishing knives and and all sorts of stuff. Well now they got a platform they consult our forward practically. Nothing you know I mean. So we don't wanna we're not greedy realigned out from the best that we you're good guy I would try to beat I think you're even good things good things happen you absolutely. Well so let's talk a little bit more about the foundation though. How how does vet come to you in get help from the foundation. We are currently get needs. Website up and running. There's a lot of hoops because although partnerships that we're trying to obtain to make this easier for them make him more of those fluid motion. Legacy with bunker labs and such. Deal BAC log nor are. Website and trying to go wall we're gonna break it down step by step step one do you have these things if not here's how you get them. You know your business plan you tax a decent such like that. On. The step to you know here's even. So mentor ship programs youngsters bunker labs and and other organizations. And then step three is let's find out what the financial means war. You know as simple as that you have to serve in the military was an honorable discharge. And really. That's it you don't have to have been a comment that you if you're if you're a veteran and military veteran in good standing. We'll do our best LP. Mean obviously funds will dictate Brunell. How much we can give you Linda and how many people we can help so that's it's we're trying to use race raise money. So help more people come and that's it helped also for how. Personally. I've helped out about eight people who but that was out of my own pocket and I can't do anymore so that's why this sudden this foundation is. This kind of crucial because you know I'm. I'm I can't do it I'll cancel out yes I need I need the people's help. Like his legacy before your good guy puts it near your pockets aren't endless race over and all know how. I come under an idealist. But that's not the slightest so tell me how do you how do you raise money for the we have strategic partners so with people in directors mortgage you sponsor or organization in their action sponsoring this event coming up on April 30 which. We'll talk about getting a bit here. Aren't immunized syncing with premier property groups and two bellows is is is standing behind us off for a big fishing tournament or we're going to be do and next November yeah pretty cool it's. Bass tournament. On big prizes if I could. Atlas also deodorant enough Bob. And we hit every whole bunch of companies really come together to kind of help us out they send you know a thousand out here 2500 there. You know what are they can win there will only do an and it's a lot of individual donations you know from people from from Buena now you know. And that's how we raise money but we have to spivak content on April 30 and we're gonna really that's what's gonna kick off. The big fund raising. This is just the launcher yeah this is this is it spanned mrs. So as word comes together tell me about the events it's happening April 30 yes at the Tiffany sinner and Portland Oregon we've. Honestly it's really it's beautiful. It. Yeah we were actually real looking around for different places we went to the world for she sent out there by the zoo beautiful area but it's it's just there's too much stuff in there and we were not world's speed and and and that's again bodes beautiful. Well a lot of cars and there which are kind of cool thing particularly focused bone and we came across to peace and I just I couldn't be happier. Along the booby McChrystal room not a crystal ball room. It feels so let's just say that the I've been told them many times is all too crystal ball or no now crystal room at the Tiffany senator. It costs thirty bucks per person again and that the door or 25 year veteran kids twelve and under free. We're gonna have an auction we're gonna have a raffle we're gonna have games I mean it be really cool to live music every lead that's been going on and appetizers you know Sebelius on the east first there will be food there but you know we want to keep the costs of the door down so. You know go get some dinner first local restaurants and and incomes he has. So it's kind of it's a family events great suit kids contaminant got they can absolutely count sometimes he's fundraisers. Our coal always Findlay Findlay adults only yeah there's a little family is there will be drinking there are so if you if your. You know you don't want your kids around our call at all I wouldn't recommend it but I aim. I would like to think that nobody's gonna just get in a sloppy drunk at a benefit the Chicago IL is for your sake to file so anyway that the kick somebody out there fifth out of the benefit. George come up with the idea for the benefit of actually with our president our foundation president Jim closure she she kinda. Brain stormed with three city houses you know let's let's come up with some ten that we can really get a lot of people together gets focused on the foundation and expand from there it was Libya over a time when people are first hearing about your foundation right absolutely it seems like every time I talked some aides say it's. There are always going what what San that's amazing and it is I think it'll it'll gain speed really quickly. So you it's an auction so what's what are some of your auction items. Oh man so I reached out to the wine community. There's so many wonderful wineries the other oriented and I figured. Two or three might get back to me and that is. 25 that I got a hold of and I was wrong. A lot of them go back to me so we have a lot of wind at this a lot of wind packages tasting packages. We were gonna have a wine bottle grabbed you know twenty bucks he gets hello. Letter out to patent engine to keep double want. Gone we have so some sports memorabilia we have signed guitars. One signed by a whole bunch rock and roll stars once Simon a launch country stars. We have the the couple signed art pieces. We have hunting gear fishing gear we have. In addition to this beautiful one girl that was donated by own row wineries that it's a sixteen ball. A law wine cabinet this dad a good friend of mine he's. He's very talented Dhaka Arcandor and he. He made four assuming it's just really cool stuff real lot of handmade goods and analyst Omar really really nice equipment and and the year that sounds like a great party Ilia yeah it's going to be a good time. So the April 3 how to get tickets if April 30 let me say thirtieth GAAP. And he can get tickets I didn't go to the door but if you wanna get an early eagle on FaceBook. Go onto our FaceBook page which is vigilant shield foundation. ZIGI. The Pentagon. Vigilant. Bewitched the you don't go on our FaceBook page its vigil shield foundation. And we have an event posts on there with C. With a link to that you can click on and you can pre order the tickets for five dollars off a nice so it that's real quick and easy way to do it all old and we also got me. Partner Roger cross street off fourteenth. Apartment garage just for our guests it's we. Think seventy people can park there are so to bode you know free parking and then there's a whole bunch of different parking spots around the area and we we tried to think of everything got cut the deficit then this is obviously the very first benefit auction you pattern. Yes yes we've got. Yes we've had some small concerts you know hundred person concerts so far to raise money just to kind of get all the everything up and go on and but it's only not to this. And after this you were hoping to me to see yearly thing you know yeah you know annual event every April. You know we want do this but. The next event will be that that November 12 veterans day weekend bass fishing tournament and through wanna have two or three different. Big events a year to really help people get involved and so fun for yeah for sure do talk about the bass tournaments so telly on what's in there that tennis still tough is it still the united everything he talked about but it is being sponsored by Cabela's and we're we're talking a few other sponsors who do dessert. Completely locked in at this nicely nuanced and say vote. We have. Quite a few votes already commented we outings art advertising hitting his first people are gonna hear you know and that's OK but. Yeah this is this is the first annual again first annual bass fishing term and we don't have a lot of those in this area so. We we sponsor bass fishing team and they're helping us put this together. And all the money from the buy in slow boat by ends are gonna go to top Clijsters and wolves get sponsorship money for the foundation. Because an gimbal that we family friendly event kindly to being picnic Barbeque. We're gonna have a couple food trucks out there and and you know we're we're trying to lock in some bouncy houses and then and the such but. We got to figure out what the what the venue looks like really circle that's coming up in November that'll be in November yeah we're looking at tentatively it'll be in November 12 look at. So this money they're raising it all goes to the vigilant shield foundation. Tell me about some of the veterans you've helped out. Well we've had dialing black fire ops there and they make. Rescue vehicle Slade TVs in in what not there around Minnesota. It's owned by a former marine veteran to actually I served with for a short period of time and and does the need to experience a word we're kind of helping them out but a lot of vicious been mentor you know. How has indeed become the mean they say you know I don't trust our business yeah I know you've started one and in key you hand here and so I see values what he has so far are kind of walk into process and and we go from there but if I have the money you know I try and help this much is like cam but again China. I guess I am in my own psychiatrists like tech review so much and the family is growing we're expecting all call any moment that his wife is going to be. Yes delivering twins BS absolutely really we penalty issued in hospital and they sent us home again. And he should be. Any any moment the elderly totally ignorant it's we're dissuade the cornering right now the eye. I thought suddenly have to run and look at this and get through this interview in the military Gaza. There's some good those are going to school so you have some people are helping you all of us to can you talk about who's open. Oh yeah we have a couple other nonprofit organizations that are kind of helping us spread the word like he'll PDA which is you organ paralyzed veterans association. The elks lodge has done a ton you know island elks member and they have this Allen's tight balancing housing Columbia county. They have decide. An offshoot of the elks organization called the elks bunker looked bunker house. Hope of seeing that right hope not but China a couple of but he had its kind of be a resource center for veterans in the Columbia county area. And there can help us this is while they're doing a lot of volunteer hours force. We have Jen Mosher who train here in these these these stadiums and she's our president. We have our bass fishing team they're they're all stepping up and and help us with this event might Stanley and and my wife's family in. And yet we got a lot of people got a lot of help but he really is more people and help you out there and do you do except volunteers are you looking for help we view. We've got all we have. We are always of the volunteers for our offense we do you have the a couple contestants from the Miss America pageant. Who are. Helping us out to some manned space they're not Camille would be there. There's apparently a pageant going off on the same exact days so they're not Camille attend the event but they are health and set it up and and they're going to all these other. Precursor events before that could Leo PDA and they've got their event next weekend. On the sixteenth out now by Lloyd's had to DoubleTree and will be there with a Booth with couples Miss America fan. Anger also come now see is nice. But this information that the post here also going to be starting up. A show of some kind to me about that yeah vigilant nation we are going to be filming that this. And in that made it through. Beginning of August there and it's again the veteran oriented it's kind of like of Saturn version of dirty jobs. It would be me and a guest host will go around to different veteran owned companies and work with them for the day you know kinda. Try not to you burden on the risen citizen and as such but. You know we're just trying to highlight today what they're doing and shall. What we is better community can accomplish in the business world. And that's the approach we've both among your website or ignore all videos on YouTube for the well they'll actually we're going to be airing this through all or your network. Is network there were working with scenario web platform network at the moment and been talking them a lot. It's kind of unclear as to which channels are the eight channels that they have through differ you know who and Sony and all that. I don't know which ones that'll be on at this point but they're one put it on three or four of those. Eight channels that they have so we'll see you know how far that reaches but I think it'll. They'll be really cool show that we did the pilot that was really fun but we got a little bit drunk. Thought it was done at the four spears distillery down there and and their village in Oregon sir. And man we just Kevin did take after take the job I thought shoddy it was such. We got a little a little carried away all of the films there is a little firmer or Burnett Phil. How how how but I have a feeling some people will let you edit yeah it surely keep that forever be and also Steve Tilley what do you see. As the future for the vigilant shield foundation. Torture hope for the future my hopes for the future is that we can help. Tons and tons of Betsy kind of ball that 6%. That are able to call Pfeiffer loans and can it didn't give business loans. I wanna jump up you know I really I really don't like to see you back to closer to the 50% of the World War II veterans had a love to see that animals will get there but. If we can help get there that's Michael as far as how big we get you know that doesn't matter to me. It's it's big goal of what we're trying to do. I'd like to see other organizations pop up China inducing thing you know there's there's tons and tons of veteran organizations that are just out there. Raising awareness for this of that and you know they're not really do anything like this season due to something I think that if we help our veteran's Norris. In hole we helped veteran community. Because now veterans are gonna hire other veterans now the joblessness. You know hernia unemployment rate for veterans will go down. In turn deeds that are enough homelessness rates will go down. I believe that that's that's why I'm in this I wanna see it helped the entire veteran community. So I'd like to see more of organizations kind jump on board with us that's good good for you now. The before we go play about a minute you're let's talk will begin about the auction coming all the details about the auction when we're considered it looks people. Okay oh yeah come on down eight sat the fifty centered on horses street it's in the crystal room. It's thirty bucks at two door 25 years that kids twelve and under free we've got tons of tons of stuff for a fraction of an outdoor gear home gears art blues wind you name it we got it. All the money will go to our organization to help veterans such drug companies were 100% volunteer organization. We are not for profit organization. In these bank on that. And he drew a 501 C three C four C 44 at this point we are working on getting our C nineteen which means that we RE 100% military. Oriented unity. Just takes laws and so it's. But I want to get more information about the auction and buy tickets in advance vote you it's. You can get information on the auction and figures in advance out or off FaceBook page. There be an event right there I pinned you right to top of the page and you just click on that and there's a link that you can order tickets are. So to search for vigilant to shield foundation on FaceBook absolutely whose social foundation that's right the sale but I hope you have a really fantastic event and it was so. Such a pleasure to meet to you to have them happy had me on the on the shoulder that Steve Johnson executive director of the vigilant shield foundation picks are being a microscope. Thank you. Microscope is an Entercom radio Portland public affairs program I'm Gary blocks and if you have a nonprofit or public affairs organization that you'd like to let others know about. You can email me my email address is microscope that inter com dot com remember Entercom sturgeon and eat. 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