December 5, 2018

GI Go Fund Host Grand Opening of New Jersey's First Ever Veteran Training Center and Incubator Space in Newark

Center will provide military veterans and their family members with employment training from corporate leaders, as well as shared office space for veteran-owned small businesses; Space is the first of its kind in the in the State of New Jersey, offering both employment training and incubator space to military veterans; Sponsors for center include Prudential, Panasonic, and Kessler Foundation

(NEWARK, NJ)—GI Go Fund, an organization that has helped thousands of military veterans and their loved ones find employment and improve their lives, has officially opened its revolutionary Jackson Drysdale Veterans Center in Newark, NJ.

Thanks to terrific partners at Prudential, Panasonic, and the Kessler Foundation, GI Go is opening the first space in the state of New Jersey dedicated to helping veterans with employment and entrepreneurship.

This groundbreaking new space will provide veterans with job training to help improve their corporate skills through state-of-the-art technology provided by Panasonic, as well as mentorship from successful corporate leaders and fellow veterans.

In addition, the space includes a veteran incubator that will work with veterans with a small business and bring them into our customized space designed to give them the resources they need, including support with marketing, accounting, and compliance related issues.

The Center is named in honor of the late son of President of PSEG Power Ventures and President of PSEG Solar Source Diana Drysdale, whose dedication towards helping veterans serves as an incredible inspiration to GI Go Fund’s many volunteers who look to follow the example he set.

Among the speakers at this historic grand opening for the Veterans Center were Panasonic North America CEO Tom Gebhardt, Prudential Vice President, Veterans Initiatives Charles Sevola, Kessler Foundation Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications Elaine Katz, PSEG Power Ventures and President of PSEG Solar Source Diana Drysdale, Former Congressman and Undersecretary for the Army Patrick Murphy, Adjutant General of NJ National Guard Brigadier General Jemal J. Beale, GI Go Fund CEO Jack Fanous, and Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine, USMC (Ret).

LtCol Constantine represents the first veteran owned business owner utilizing the Incubator. He is a disabled veteran who survived a shot in the head by a sniper in 2006 during a combat patrol in Iraq. Originally pronounced dead on the battlefield, Constantine has since returned home to serve as an attorney for the Justice Department and FBI, as well as a motivational speaker and leader in the veteran space. He is also an accomplished author with multiple books about veterans, including his latest about veteran employment in partnership with Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) entitled From We Will to At Will.

"We are so excited to have our Veteran Center up and running," said GI Go Fund CEO Jack Fanous. "This project has been years in the making, starting from our initial pilot training program in 2012 with PSEG and Kessler Foundation to turn 30 disabled veterans into at-home customer service representatives who fielded emergency calls during Superstorm Sandy. Since then, we have received support from amazing companies like Prudential and Panasonic to turn our small pilot into this great center. We have already received dozens of requests for job training and incubator space from veterans excited that a center like ours has finally opened in the state of New Jersey. I am proud to say that the Jackson Drysdale Veteran Center is officially open, and we are set to give veterans the resources they need to become corporate and entrepreneurial leaders."