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I just stumbled across this - http://veteranswatchmakerinitiative.org/about/- then did a little digging. It seems this was started by a retired cop in Delaware who is also a Swiss trained watchmaker. Bulova and Esslinger are on board and a local bank recently donated $30,000 in funding. Swatch Group donated $140K in equipment and materials

The school opened in the fall of 2017 and is getting ready to graduate their first class. The school is preparing a dormitory building and has a wait list of 400 vets. I'm still looking into this program, it sound pretty amazing for war disabled vets, the cost per vet to attend is $0 which is pretty awesome. If anybody has more information please add it in this thread.

This is a damn good sounding program and offers not just training and a profession but is an amazing way of helping those who served and paid for it with loss of limbs, disfigurement and other disabling injuries. Politicians love to pay lip service to veterans but often do little else, it took a retired cop to not just come up with a way of helping those vets, but the means as well. If you're interested read the following links as they provide more information (and confirmation this is an actual, thriving, non-profit for vets training program (cost to vets, ZERO dollars)). A lot of times these things look good but after a little digging...sometimes not so good. This one appears to be the real deal.

I have no vested interest in this program, I literally stumbled across it researching a watch repair company that was asked about in another thread. But anything that helps vets, especially combat injured/disabled vets I am all for. If nothing else it's great to know that there are going to be more highly trained watchmakers, who knows maybe some of them will start their own business (P.S. we could really use some well trained vintage Seiko watchmakers, just sayin...)

Good luck and strong work, Sam Cannan

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https://www.delawarebusinesstimes.com/cannan-vwi-watchmaker-veterans/
https://www.delawareonline.com/stor...come-veterans-watchmaker-initiative/93273788/
https://instoremag.com/bulova-serves-as-founding-sponsor-for-veterans-watchmaker-initiative/
https://blog.esslinger.com/140000-donation-help-veterans-watchmakers-training/
https://blog.esslinger.com/veterans-watchmaker-initiative-to-expand/
https://www.bulova.com/us/en/veterans-watchmaker.html
https://www.delawareonline.com/stor...come-veterans-watchmaker-initiative/93273788/
https://www.middletowntranscript.com/news/20190212/mt-bank-supports-veterans-watchmaker-initiative
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Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

Pretty cool and unique.
 

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Re: Veterans Watchmaker Initiative

Doesn't mean you couldn't try and start something up on your side, tech/trade school, non-profit, maybe a extension of the Veterans Watchmaking Initiative. Maybe they would be interested in a western US affiliate/branch. On the other hand, who's to say you couldn't do some visiting and assistant teaching or maybe offer up some online tutoring, Q&A etc.
 

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For what it's worth, there is an active gofundme started by Bulova - https://www.gofundme.com/VWIBulova
I know it's not a kickstarter for a new micro brand watch, just helping out some damaged Vets get their lives and their pride back.
I donated, you can too. Maybe put that new watch off another few weeks or so.
It's the least we can do for the ones that made it back.
Hell, at least it's watch related.
 

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Hoping more people see this, it's not just more watchmakers, it's combat injured vets being trained as professional watchmakers.
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Combat injured vets receiving FREE training in a highly paid profession
I don't normally jump on bandwagons but this one, it's for the guys and gals who have received disabling injuries in combat while we sat and chatted here on WUS
 

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Hoping more people see this
I agree. This deserves more attention.

I've taken the liberty of copying your signature into mine. Not that I post a lot, but maybe someone in the Hamilton or vintage forum will see the links he or she missed in this thread.

Edit: Huh? The signature isn't showing. ??
 

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I agree. This deserves more attention.

I've taken the liberty of copying your signature into mine. Not that I post a lot, but maybe someone in the Hamilton or vintage forum will see the links he or she missed in this thread.

Edit: Huh? The signature isn't showing. ??
I appreciate the extra legs.
Any luck with the signature?
 

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I've been there. It's an amazing program and school.

https://nthwatches.com/blogs/news/veterans-watchmaker-initiative-why-i-care-why-you-should-too

Videos of the facility here...

https://nthwatches.com/blogs/news/nth-watches-road-trip-veterans-watchmakers-initiative


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Awesome doc. I'm basically a FNG here, 2 years in and when I came across the VWI the other day not only was I surprised and delighted to hear about it, but also surprised (and not so delighted) that I read NOTHING of it here at WUS. Outside of people like yourself who are in the industry and have gotten involved, VWI is (or should be) the ideal program for all WIS to be involved and interested in. It's great to see that you're involved I appreciate you adding your links to this thread. You saved me from having to bump this thread today. Now about these NTH watches I hear about, I'll have to look into them as I hear they have a pretty good rep
 
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