Veteran-owned businesses showcased at Vets Rock

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — A big event called Vets Rock is going on at Mohegan Sun all weekend long to honor veterans and military families.

More than 2,000 veterans showed up for the expo and career fair. Helping to build the momentum are a few high-ranking former officials inspiring veterans to make their dreams come true.

“Two years ago after I retired we started a company with a mission to change America through inspired leadership and we figured the best way to do that is to infuse the teamwork and winning spirit of our veterans,” said Lieutenant General Mike Ferriter, Retired U.S. Army.

Veterans helping veterans. Businesses that the Lieutenant General’s company, The Ferriter group has helped build showcasing their products and participating in the career fair as a part of Vets Rock 2016.

“It isn’t that they deserve a job, its that they’re gonna make everything better. When a veteran joins your team your company got better that day,” he said.

Connecticut’s own Tyler Merritt, who serves in the Army, is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Nine Line Apparel, Military-inspired clothing. His company started three years ago and already employs more than 160 people.

“I work a lot with other veteran owned businesses, veteran owned coffee shops veteran owned pretty much everything. Pretty much the material we purchase is sourced from another veteran organization or we make it ourselves,” said Merritt.

Another notable in the crowd was retired Command Sergeant Major Earl Rice, who praised the efforts of Vets Rock and all it aims to do.

“To see this and the way its been designed, every employee that’s in here today, or company. They came with jobs. And i just talked to one gentleman and he said Sir Sergeant Major I could have been hired three times. That’s a good feeling,” said Rice.

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