PepsiCo's CSR Tie With Veterans: It's Dreamy

Nov 11, 2010 9:00 AM ET

Alice Korngold's Blog

"After living a life of purpose, responsibility, and meaning, I suddenly was a nobody." When Brian Iglesias completed 13 years of active duty, he was a combat decorated, service disabled, U.S. Marine officer. In a private interview with Iglesias, he described to me how devastating it was to return to civilian life with bleak prospects of finding a new life of purpose.

Just a few years later, Iglesias is President and CEO of his own enterprise--Veterans Inc., a film and media production company. Iglesias's company just produced the award-winning documentary film Chosin that chronicles the seventeen-day Korean war battle. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is among those who have commended the film.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

How did Iglesias get from despair to success? Through a program that is entirely free for post-9/11, disabled U.S. veterans. The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), based at the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University, is a competitive program for vets who have shown the passion and ability to be entrepreneurs--you know the ones who set up lemonade stands when they were kids.

See continuation here on Fast Company....

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