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VSF: The “Trailblazer” for Veterans

While browsing through the 2014 quarter four issue of Business Black Box, a South Carolina Upstate Business Magazine, you may have seen a familiar face. A full-page photo of Ron Demonet, Founder of Veteran Scholarships Forever (VSF), introduced an article labeling him a “Trailblazer.”

The term couldn’t be more fitting. A veteran himself, Demonet started VSF after recognizing the difficulty veterans often have translating their military skills into business skills.

Fittingly, VSF’s article appeared alongside the issue’s feature on Lee Vining, a 10 year Army veteran. Vining struggled to find a civilian job after serving two deployments in Iraq and then battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, which ultimately ended his military career.

“It’s really depressing to go from flying Blackhawks and being responsible for a million dollars in equipment to not even getting hired at Wal-Mart,” Vining says in the article. “I never got a single interview.”

It is stories like these that are at the heart of VSF’s mission. With Demonet at the helm, VSF is working to establish endowed scholarships at state community and technical colleges—that are then implemented by the institutions—to provide training to veterans and their spouses, so they can enter the job market successfully.

As stated in the article, Ron says, “The great thing about endowed scholarships is that once they’re set up, they’re always available. No […]

January 28th, 2015|News|0 Comments

National Radio Coverage for VSF

“There is a lot of unskilled labor out there, and there are college graduates. But in the middle, there is the technical group—those who really get things done. That is where we’re hurting right now in America. It’s a niche that our veterans can easily help fill with a little bit of training.”

These are the words of Ron Demonet, Founder of Veteran Scholarships Forever (VSF), during an interview on episode 92 of Deb Sofield’s weekly radio show “Encouragement for Your Life.”

In his interview with Deb, Ron explains that in the military, all your needs are taken care of—housing, food, and training. But when veterans reenter civilian life, they have to do it all on their own. Based on a recent survey, the number one challenge for most veterans is finding a job. Many struggle to translate their military experience into a skill set for the private sector.

“In the military they teach you to be a team, so it’s thinking about ‘we’ as opposed to ‘I.’ They have to shift gears when they come out of the service; they have to present themselves and what they can bring to the table for an employer, and they have a hard time doing that,” Ron explains.

As a result, the unemployment rate for Post-9/11 veterans […]

January 23rd, 2015|News|0 Comments


Time For Action


Black Friday.

Cyber Monday.

Giving Tuesday.

You’ve survived Thanksgiving, put a dent in your Christmas shopping list, and now it’s time to give back.

December 2nd is Giving Tuesday across the nation, and Veteran Scholarships Forever is honored to be a part of this amazing day of generosity. Every dime donated to VSF goes toward helping Veterans get the vocational education they need to find a great job and start enjoying this country they so selflessly served.

You can make a huge difference by getting involved. Giving is easy – click here to visit our donate page.

Thank you for supporting our veterans – we salute you!

December 2nd, 2014|News|0 Comments

Join us for lunch with John Warren, former Captain, US Marine Corps

“A Case Study in Modern Warfare: Fighting a Sunni Insurgency and the Tactics Needed to Defeat ISIS”

$5 per person in attendance will be donated to Veteran Scholarships Forever.

Commerce Club
Monday, November 3rd at 12pm 
$22 per person (all inclusive)

John Warren took 9/11 personally, and upon graduation from Washington & Lee, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was offered pilot training but declined and instead volunteered for the infantry, serving four years on active duty in the infantry and attaining the rank of Captain. He was in combat with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines and entered Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 after al-Qaeda declared the city a “graveyard of Marines.”  He was decorated for heroism in combat and now speaks regularly on counter-insurgency and leadership. Currently, John is founder and president of Lima One Capital, a lending company for residential real estate investors and home builders.
October 24th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Retired Navy SEAL sniper: lecture and lunch at the Commerce Club

On Wednesday, September 17th at noon, you’re invited to join us for lunch at the Commerce Club in Greenville, SC, to hear from Chief Petty Officer Thom Shea as he talks about his new book, Unbreakable: A Navy SEAL’s Way of Life, which has recently been in the top 25 of Best Sellers in both the military and the motivation categories.

Chief Shea did three tours of dutyUnbreakable with SEAL Team Two in Kosovo, Macedonia, and the Gulf, as well as two tours with SEAL Team Seven in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his deployment to Afghanistan while leading a SEAL team in 2009, he earned the Silver Star (our nation’s third highest award for valor in combat), the Bronze Star with Valor, Army Commendation with Valor and his second Combat Action medal.

For each person in attendance, the Commerce Club will donate $5 to Veteran Scholarships Forever.

Contact the Commerce Club at 864.232.5600 to RSVP. The cost is $22 per person, all inclusive.


September 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Commerce Club to host benefit event

On Tuesday, August 19th at noon, you’re invited to join us for lunch at the Commerce Club in Greenville, SC, to hear from LTC Steve Shivers, USMC (Ret), a Marine platoon sergeant who later received a battlefield commission in Vietnam. “A Marine’s Story of Two Tours in Vietnam” is part of a lunch and lecture series honoring those who have served our country.

For each person in attendance, the Commerce Club will donate $5 to Veteran Scholarships Forever.

Contact the Commerce Club at 864.232.5600 to RSVP. The cost is $22 per person, all inclusive.

August 7th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Watch Ron Demonet’s interview on FOX News

Watch FOX News’ recent interview with Ron Demonet, the founder of Veteran Scholarships Forever:
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July 28th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Veteran Scholarships Forever Press Release

GREENVILLE, S.C. – A Greenville man has started a scholarship endowment program aimed at helping veterans get needed funds to pursue vocational and skilled trades training that can lead to employment.

Ron Demonet, a veteran himself, started Veteran Scholarships Forever to help veterans transition back to civilian life quickly and successfully.  Although there are government programs like the G.I. Bill, which help veterans get an education, these programs do not cover all types of training.

“Certified vocational and skilled trades programs can help veterans not only find employment quickly, but also lead to long-term careers,” Demonet said.

Demonet, who has created scholarship endowments in the past, said he created Veteran Scholarships Forever because of the high unemployment rates for those leaving military service. Nearly six million Americans have served in the military since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and almost 3.2 million of them are now civilians. That group’s unemployment rate is 9.9 percent — while the rest of the nation is 7.9 percent.

“These men and women have served their country,” he said. “This program will help them build a better life moving forward.”

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Veteran Scholarships Forever […]

July 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments