Sunday, February 23, 2014

Parade and Job Fair for Tennessee's Iraq War Veterans

My name is Daniel Horwitz, and I am a civilian living in Nashville, Tennessee.  Over the past two years, I have been attempting to set up a “Welcome Home” parade and job fair here in Nashville to thank and benefit Tennessee’s Iraq War veterans.  With the help of organizations like Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, similar parades have already been held in cities across the nation like St. Louis and Richmond, Chicago and Houston, Philadelphia, Austin, and Tucson.  I believe it’s long past time for Nashville to join these cities by formally thanking our veterans for their service and giving them the jobs that they need and deserve.  Fortunately, that time has finally come.

After working with several local, state and federal officials on this event, I’ve received approval to apply for a permit to hold a parade and job fair on May 17th, 2014.  Fortunately, local businesses have been extremely supportive of this effort as well, so the costs associated with the parade permit are graciously being offered at heavily discounted rates.  The total costs of the parade permit application will be as follows:
  1. A $1,000,000 general liability insurance policy, which will be provided by local veteran James Manning of The Manning Agency at a total cost of just $301.
  2. Event security, which will be provided by local combat veteran T.J. DeMartino of Phalanx Risk Solutions at a total cost of just $660.
  3. Street barricades and traffic control, which will be provided by veteran supporter Larry M. Patton, Jr. of Blinker-Lite at a total cost of just $125.
  4. Additional incidental expenses related to trash cleanup, tent set up, and street closure permits estimated at $400.
  5. A $30 application fee.
If you support this effort and you want to help thank Tennessee’s Iraq War veterans for their extraordinary sacrifice and service to this country, please consider donating to help make this event a reality.  Any contributions above the $1,500 target will be donated directly to Operation Stand Down Nashville, a full-service veterans non-profit organization that is committed to providing life changing social services to veterans throughout Middle Tennessee.  If you have any questions about this event, if you would like to help organize it, or if you run a business and would like to participate in the job fair, please contact me anytime at
Thank you so much,
Daniel A. Horwitz
Contact the Organizer
Follow this link to make a donation: Parade and Job Fair for Tennessee's Iraq War Veterans.
My Comment: Please join me in supporting this worthwhile cause and show our veterans that we care and appreciate their sacrifice. Rod

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