Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H) is a Veteran Friendly 501(c)3 founded in 2012.
VP2H’s mission consists of three main focus areas: Awareness, Fund Raising, and Cooperation.
AWARENESS: VP2H’s Primary mission is to raise awareness within the Colorado area about the issues Veterans face: Multiple tours in combat zones, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), high unemployment rate, high homelessness rate, high divorce rate, and a record high suicide rate. As the military mission winds down in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans reintegrate themselves into civilian society, we believe that this awareness will foster an understanding of their efforts and compassion for their struggle.
FUND-RAISING: VP2H’s secondary mission is to raise money for Veteran friendly non-profits. Through due diligence and research, we organize fund raising events which support local, Veteran friendly non-profits. We only support high quality charities that maximize their accountability to veteran’s causes and are transparent in their fund raising and giving practices.
COOPERATION: VP2H’s tertiary mission is to act as a rallying point for other veteran friendly non-profits. Our goal is to organize and conduct meetings with the leadership teams of these groups within the Colorado area with the goal of finding ways for us to work together more efficiently. We believe that by working together and by sharing ideas, we can reduce competition between non-profit groups and more efficiently and more effectively help veterans. We also consolidate information about resources that are available at no charge to veterans and families by keeping our veteran’s resource website (www.veteransresourceportal.com) up to date and relevant. The Veteran’s Resource Portal is a list of resources utilized as an online resource center where veterans and their families can search for and rate available resources.
Veteran’s Passport to Hope Founding Officers:
Founder and Board Member, Shane Schmutz
Shane R. Schmutz is the founder and Executive Director of Veteran’s Passport to Hope. Prior to assuming the Executive Director role with VP2H, he was a Financial Advisor with Bernstein Global Wealth Management in their Denver office. He worked closely with high-net-worth individuals and families to help them achieve their financial goals, tailoring plans that addressed lifetime spending, multigenerational wealth transfer and philanthropic objectives. Before he joined Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Schmutz was a bariatric account manager for Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson & Johnson company), where he was responsible for operating room bariatric sales and training in northern New Jersey and Manhattan. Before that he was a Captain in the United States Army; a Blackhawk pilot, and he served three combat tours in Iraq. Schmutz holds a BS in American legal systems from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He earned the Johnson & Johnson Forecast Achievement Award in 2009 and 2010, as well as the firm’s Black Onyx Club Award and Peer Leadership Award in 2011. Schmutz received the US Army’s Bronze Star. He is the founder and executive director of Veteran’s Passport To Hope, is a board member of Project Sanctuary and is a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project and Cancer League of Colorado.
Board President, Dave Fingers
Dave Fingers is the President of Altitude Business Group. Altitude Business Group provides online marketing solutions for local businesses. Dave is an Army Veteran with 10 ½ years active duty. His military career included a tour supporting the 5th SFG & 10th SFG. Additionally, Dave was assigned to the 8th ID 4th Aviation Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany and spent time as an Army Recruiter in Kansas City. Dave left the Army with an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant. After the military, Dave started his sales and marketing career in the IT consulting industry where he helped lead a company from $4 million in annual revenues to $30 million in annual revenues in just over four years exclusively through organic growth.
Board Member, Paul Schnell
Paul Schnell is a retired US Air Force Major. Paul started his AF career as an enlisted man, pursued and achieved his BS in Computer Science and subsequently entered Officer Training School. As an officer, Paul led teams in all manner of IT and Telecommunications efforts from networking through software development and wireless communications through video teleconferencing. Since leaving the military, Paul graduated with honors obtaining his MBA with a Minor in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management (DeVry University). After graduation, he pursued work in the IT field as a contractor to Microsoft and as a Government Contractor (EXN Engineering) and helped private individuals and small businesses through his consulting business, Walkin2Axum. In addition, Paul worked part-time for REI Denver and Roggen Telephone and volunteered for Colorado Technology Association’s C-Level networking events and the Healing Warriors Program. Paul is recently employed by LINX as a Project Foreman in the multimedia division.
Board Member, Timothy Kitt
Tim Kitt is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 23 years leadership and management experience with assignments in the US, Germany, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. He has a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University and is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College. After completing his military service he owned printing business for 4 years. After turning it into a profitable business by increasing sales 75% over four years, he sold his business. He then was employed by Sun Microsystems Learning Services Division for over 8 years, initially as a web project manager and then as a web program manager. He is also a real estate investor with numerous rental properties in Wyoming.
Trudy Kennedy, CPA, Board Member