Small Wars Journal

National Italian American Foundation Veterans Event

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 10:29am

Via e-mail from Guy Filippelli, Veterans Transition Program Chairman, National Italian American Foundation.


I'm writing to ask your assistance in helping me assemble a great group of veterans who would benefit from a special event we're putting on in October. 

Please see below -- we are putting on a very special event on October 27th this year in coordination with the National Italian American Foundation's annual gala in Washington DC.   We are looking for about 10 superstar Iraq/Afghanistan veterans who are either of Italian-American descent or have a strong connection to Italy who would benefit from connecting with successful businessmen and women (CEOs, senior executives, etc.) -- not a job fair, but a small, focused group to build long-lasting relationships. 

Plus, we're funding the entire weekend (airfare and hotel) for those selected!  We'll spend Thursday in a serious of discussions on how to succeed in the private sector, and they'll then participate in the weekend festivities at the Washington Hilton. 

Also, some have asked if this is for wounded vets or not, etc -- it's for everyone -- we're looking to identify a group of vets who have a great desire to succeed in life -- that's the criteria.  They should either be in a job, currently transitioning, or perhaps still in school, and have a vision about what they'd like to achieve in life.

So we'll take a look at the applications, reach out to everyone who applies, and narrow the list down to about 10 folks.  We're looking to solidify the group by late September, so we've set a 9 September goal to have all the applications in.  

Also, if you're interested in being a mentor, we still have a few slots open -- please contact me directly about that.  

Here's the link:

Also, they're more than welcome to simply contact me directly at or at  

Please forward this to anyone that you know that might benefit - it's going to be a small, intimate event that we hope to repeat each year, and it's totally funded for the vets!