Ryan Slechta had been involved with Veteran’s Passport to Hope for about four years, both as a volunteer and as a sponsor, before joining the board. Founder of Veterans Development Group and a USMC veteran and DoD contractor, Ryan met VP2H co-founder Dave Fingers and current board president Patrick Wieland through other veterans’ non-profit organizations. He recognized the synergy between their efforts immediately.
Ryan says he believes “VP2H is truly in an exciting transition to a larger and professionally run non-profit with amazing support from the other board members and their respective companies.” He’s excited to see VP2H expand its reach geographically, with its base and support, and with the amounts of money going to support veterans. Making sure that “a high portion of our raised proceeds go directly to support veterans” is very important to him.
VP2H partners with organizations like Ryan’s to provide that much-needed support to veterans. The Veterans Development Group works with hiring companies in translating the unique skills and aptitudes of the veterans into each company’s specific application of needs to create value to employers.
Veterans Development Group helps companies become more effective employers of veterans by helping integrate veterans in a way that makes the veteran feel supported and the company retain its foundational culture and framework of success. Veterans Development Group uses simple processes and procedures to help companies attract and retain this incredible talent, allowing veterans to succeed while enhancing the company’s own culture and profitability.
Active on the board in many ways, including implementing and coordinating fundraising events, Ryan is planning the Whiskey Tasting event (details coming soon on a new date and time for that) as well as participating in other upcoming events that benefit VP2H and the veterans’ organizations we support!