By Lisa Fielding
CHICAGO – Paul Jenkins says veterans are twice as likely to be unemployed. For disabled veterans, the national rate is at a staggering 88 percent. “There remains in America this crisis in veteran unemployment,” Jenkins said. As founder and CEO of Veteran Beer Company, he hopes to change that.
“So rather than sit around and let others solve the problem for us, why not start our own company and figure out how to employ as many veterans as quickly as possible. So the concept behind the Veteran Beer Company is that we will produce the finest beer in America — brewed by, the recipes written by, bottled by, sold by veterans. Everybody in the organization is to be a veteran,” he said.
Jenkins employs about 15 people now in Minnesota, Zion, and Chicago; but hopes to expand within a year. “My goal is to hire 100 veterans by a year from now, 500 in three years and 2500 in five years,” said Jenkins. On November 11, Veterans Day, the company will unveil two new craft beers to the Chicago and Indiana markets.
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