It’s hard to believe we’re down to the final moments of preparation before opening the Dog Tag Bakery store in Georgetown.
When I joined forces with Father Curry a couple years ago to launch this project, we were focused on the belief that no military veteran who wants to work and pursue their career goals should be unemployed. As we put the finishing touches on the bakery, which is expected to open to the public soon, I’m so proud of what our team has accomplished in bringing this program to life.
Our board members were able to get a sneak peek of the bakery recently. While there’s still a lot of hard work to be done to prepare for the opening, so much has already been accomplished. Our inaugural class of Dog Tag Fellows will soon be awarded Certificates of Business Administration from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. They are the reason this program exists and I’m proud of what they are achieving. In addition to working hard on their degrees, they’ve also been working hard at the bakery. When the store finally opens to the public, they will get a chance to play a part in managing a business with the knowledge gained through the program at Georgetown.
We hope to have a lot of people from the community stop by Dog Tag Bakery not only to taste the delicious baked goods, but also to learn more about the program and understand why it is so important to provide educational and entrepreneurial training programs for veterans and their families. As Father Curry often says, “our men and women in uniform do so much for us. While this cannot fully repay the debt we owe them, we hope they gain valuable experience with us that can help them in the future.”
I’m so excited that opening day is almost here and can’t wait to sell our first baked goods.