November 8, 2020

This week’s one hour radio broadcast with host Jim Fausone has two ARMY veterans and a successful veteran-owned national BBQ restaurant.

  • We have an NVBDC spotlight on Jeff Copek, Aldez North America, a certified disabled veteran-owned business that supports automotive manufacturing corporations in a multitude of ways.
  • Jason Lewis, champion and Army veteran that has served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Steve Overholt, Mission BBQ Regional Director of Operations.
Aldez North America
National Veteran Business Development Council

Army Veteran and Aldez President, Jeff Copek

Aldez North America is a certified Veteran-owned business. Aldez is a manufacturer of heavy duty packaging materials in the United States with its head office in Almont, Michigan. Besides its head office, Aldez Containers has plants in the states of Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Indiana and Kentucky within the United States. It manufactures and sells packaging materials—such as heavy duty corrugated packaging—mainly to manufacturers of automobile components.

Our guest is Jeffrey Copek, President of Aldez North America. After a 15-year career in the United States Army including six combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, Jeffrey was medically retired and joined Aldez. He brings to Aldez extensive strategic planning, purchasing, and operations management skills.

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NVBDC’s Mission: The NVBDC is the only Veteran Owned Business Certification organization developed by Veterans, for Veterans. The purpose is to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority for all size businesses ensuring that valid documentation exists of Veteran ownership and control.

Vets With Tinnitus Jason Lewis

Army Veteran and Tinnitus Champion, Jason Lewis is a clearing house of information for veterans with Tinnitus.  Jason Lewis spent 10 years in the Army (Iraq and Afghanistan) and suffers from Tinnitus – that ringing or buzzing in the ear. It is different than hearing loss and is not “in your head.”

Jason explains his experiences, the efforts of VA and the need for protecting the ears of service members.  There are 1.7 Million veterans who have Tinnitus and it is a leading disability rating by VA.  Lewis discusses with host Jim Fausone the need for Support, Changes and Research in this field.

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Mission BBQ

MISSION BBQ opened its doors for business on September 11, 2011.

“Ten years after our world changed forever, in some small way we wanted to change it back. As the founders of MISSION BBQ, we strive every day to remind everyone what makes Our Country great—its heroes.

Who are we? Two friends passionate about BBQ, patriotic for Our Country, and who believe in running a business with meaning and purpose.”

A FREE Sandwich for veterans on Veterans Day!

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