I was introduced to Dr. Janathin Miller (CEO of Antin Engineering; Director of Training at Veterans Training Corporation) in 2010. She had decided to unleash her 36 years of DOD (Department of Defense) contracting experience to assist Veteran Owned Businesses (VOB) and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) excel by helping me to create a Veteran Business Consortium (VBC). A concept similar to my industrial real estate development company called Consortium 44 Development. Her Dad was one of the founders of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during WWII which later became the CIA. He retired from the CIA and neither his wife or daughter ever knew he was a spook. The discovery of Dad’s history caused her to dedicate the rest of her life to supporting Veteran owned companies.
Dr. Miller carried a Top Secret Crypto Level 4 security clearance and taught a graduate level Entrepreneurship course at Stanford for the MBA program and at two of our planning meetings she gave three unsolicited endorsements for LegalShield. One endorsement was so strong that she said she writes DA next to a student’s name that does not understand the value as a future entrepreneur of having access to extremely inexpensive legal advice through LegalShield. She said she had used the legal plan for over 25 years and all of her charities had been created using LegalShield.
15 VOB and SDVOB were sitting around that table wondering if our meaning of DA was the same definition she meant. She finally broke the silence and said, “Gentlemen it stands for “Dumb Ass” and if the DA wasn’t removed before my course ended those students failed.” Her reasoning was if a future entrepreneur didn’t understand the value of having an attorney on call for a small monthly fee, then they were too stupid to be an entrepreneur and would waste the limited SBA funding.
Since the VBC would require some seed money to start and no VOB or SDVOSB was flush with cash, remembering her endorsements of LegalShield, I made a proposal to Dr. Miller. She immediately agreed and offered her Rolodex. Our offer was that we would donate one third of the revenue created through referrals and leads generated from her Rolodex to initially fund the VBC. There were several delays in creating the initial letter that Dr. Miller intended to send to her warm contacts; the delays continued when her partner was diagnosed with advanced Parkinson’s dementia. We had several false starts because of these new priorities in Dr. Miller’s life.
Once the Consortium was self-funding we would continue these donations created by Team Veteran LLC to be used for Veteran’s needs, and the seed to create Team Veteran Foundation was planted. September 13, 2012 Team Veteran Foundation, Inc a 501 (c)(3) was born. Soliciting for corporate or individual donations is extremely difficult because the vast majority of Americans do not support Veterans, 1st Responders and their families.
Dr Janathin Miller died from brain cancer November 11, 2015, the same day I had completed my 38th Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) dive to heal my Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I had nicknamed Doc the “Hummingbird on Speed” because she was on the move 24/7 working to help Veterans and their families. The day she died I was the first to be contacted at her request to thank me for giving her the nickname which she used often to introduce herself.
Team Veteran LLC has expanded the original idea and included 1st Responders and their families. We have also increased our contribution level to over half of the commissions received from the sale of LegalShield, IDShield, employee benefits, Commercial Drivers License and SmallBiz legal plans to create a corpus to perpetually fund vetted Veteran charities. Contact us to learn more about how you can help stop the Veteran suicide epidemic.