Returning Veterans Face Brighter Futures in Business
The number of Hispanic veterans starting their own businesses has doubled in recent years due to the mentoring efforts of Hispanic businessmen, government resources and private endowments.
Returning Hispanic veterans enjoy opportunities for education, entrepreneurship and political careers.
Hispanic entrepreneurs own more than 113,000 businesses in the United States, employing 141,000 people and earning an estimated $25 billion annually.
Programs like LatinVision Finance, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, and the Association for Latino Professionals offer returning veterans business advice, investor contacts and loan opportunities to fuel the domestic economic recovery.
The Small Business Administration has increasingly offered loans to Hispanic veterans, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce offers many services to aspiring business owners.
Careers in Politics Address Key Hispanic Issues
Many returning Hispanic vets choose to enter the political arena, supporting such causes as disaster recovery, better educational opportunities and legislation to benefit small businesses.
Arizona State Representative Ruben Gallego typifies this types of veteran. Harvard educated, the Hispanic politician recently enjoyed re-election to his seat in Arizona, a state known for unpopular immigration policies.
Gallego Beards the Lion in Its Den
Gallego offers strong support for instituting sensible immigration policies, shoring up support for community colleges and encouraging Hispanic business.
Gallego works with both parties to encourage common sense and consensus, and he recently received the highest vote total in his 2012 re-election campaign.
A veteran of the Marine Corps and the Iraq War, Gallego enjoys immunity from criticism from immigration advocates who mistakenly claim that Hispanic immigrants drain resources from the country. Gallego has supported the country at war and helped pass bills regarding veterans' rights.
Gallego identifies several ills in Arizona politics and seeks to remedy them by participation. Attitudes change when courageous people take unpopular stances and set about changing people's minds.
Veterans Day marks Americans honoring people who have served the country with honor.
Latinos comprise 11.2% of active-duty military personnel, and more than 9.32% served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to 2010 census figures. Hispanic business owners take an increasingly active role in politics, business, education and economic development.
Veterans own about 2.5 million businesses in the united States, so returning Hispanic veterans face an increasingly optimistic future.