Who We Are
Project VETS (Veterans Educated in Trading Skills) is a Program of Veterans One Resource, Inc., a non-profit corporation.
Project VETS (Veterans Educated in Trading Skills) is dedicated to establishing dignity through self reliance in the financial markets for our disabled veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom – Afghanistan. Project VETS provides scholarships for professional trading and investing education. In 2011, we awarded over $1.1 million in scholarships to no fewer than 50 qualified veterans to help them discover opportunities to generate income and build wealth in the financial markets. In 2012 we awarded partial scholarships to over 50 US Military veterans. In 2013, our mission is to award $225,000 in full scholarships to no fewer than 10 qualified veterans.
Our mission is to restore freedom for those who sacrificed for our freedom through the Best Business in the World – trading the financial markets. Trading focuses on cash flow through disciplined money management and application of established trading strategies. Trading provides total time control, efficient use of capital and unlimited upside for people with discipline and confidence. Whether through time, money or a constant sense of accomplishment, trading provides the opportunity for the realization of freedom.
Rather than relying on someone else or some government program for their well being, Project VETS scholarship recipients get the opportunity to develop multiple streams of income as they learn to treat themselves like a business and take advantage of the best opportunities available in the financial markets.
Paul Arneson is the Project Officer for Project VETS. Mr. Arneson finished his 30 year career in the Air Force as a Colonel serving at the Pentagon. Since 2007, he has been helping individuals build their personal financial businesses as an Education Counselor with the Online Trading Academy Washington DC Metro. He volunteered to serve as the Project Officer for Project VETS after spending many days at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2010 speaking with wounded veterans and hearing how while they were proud of their service and their sacrifice, they were unsure and unsettled about what their future might look like.
The Project VETS Advisory Board provides support and guidance to Project VETS:
Leigh K Reichel has experience leading technology companies in a variety of C-level financial and executive positions. He currently works with several DOD and cyber security companies, including Cyber Squared and Synexxus.
"I'm honored to assist with Project VETS. I believe the men and women that serve their country deserve our respect and an opportunity commensurate with the sacrifice they made to protect our freedom. For those with the determination and discipline they've demonstrated in their service to their country, Project VETS offers the opportunity to achieve a lifetime of financial success for themselves and their families."
Dave Kirchgessner retired from the US Government in 2005 after 18 years of service as a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) airline accident investigator, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airline safety inspector and a US Air Force weapons mechanic. He was previously employed as a Captain for Continental Airlines, a firefighter / paramedic for Arlington County and currently trains private security officers and firearm instructors for the State of Virginia and the National Rifle Association (NRA).
"I was honored when asked to serve on this advisory board of Project VETS because it is my personal opportunity to express respect and honor to our wounded warriors. These special heroes deserve assistance in finding meaningful employment opportunities in return for their patriotic service in support of our Country and freedoms."
John Erzen is a Veteran and businessman of 40 plus years who has managed others businesses including his own business. Now working toward retirement, John has gained significant insight into the American financial system and how he can produce income for myself and my family in retirement.
"Disabled American Veterans have paid a higher price than all other living Americans for our freedoms and way of life. They deserve the opportunity to learn about the American financial system to provide income and wealth generation for themselves and their families."
Presley (Pres) Reeves is a retired Air Force KC-135 Navigator, and Intelligence Officer. Highlights of his career include providing air refueling support to the SR-71, flying 29 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm, teaching AFROTC at the University of Louisville, and serving on the Joint Staff in the Directorate for Intelligence.
"The opportunity to learn to trade for a living could be just the thing some of our wounded warriors are looking for. Its the right thing to do."
Online Trading Academy Baltimore and Online Trading Academy Washington DC Metro has pledged $2.1 million of in kind support for the Project VETS Scholarship program in 2011 including 50 full scholarships and 100 partial scholarships.
About Online Trading Academy
Online Trading Academy provides professional education for investors and traders who want to succeed in any market, in any time frame and in any asset class. Our programs are structured around an innovative teaching methodology where students learn to trade live in the market in courses where live trading is available. Students can retake our courses for free as many times as they like at any location throughout our global financial education network which currently has over 30 locations including several OCONUS locations. Students have the opportunity to receive discounted commissions from our broker-dealer partners. Students receive ongoing support related to developing their trading plan, reviewing their trading performance and working with various trading platforms. We teach people the tools and techniques used by professional investors and traders and provide them a community of support and ongoing access to our learning resources.