VH History and Programs:
2007 – Founded by Craig Northacker, CPA, a disabled veteran. We have quietly helped innumerable military, veterans, their families and our disabled throughout our existence in a great variety of ways.
· Developed and prioritized needs that our constituents experienced.
· Brought together a group that created multimedia awareness of military, veteran and family issues, with television broadcast through Cablevision in the NY City Metropolitan area.
· Created a medical research advisory group that met to discuss the veracity of Gulf War Illnesses and realities that were repeatedly denied by both the VA and the Department of Defense.
· Established liaison with NYS Governor’s office and Legislature to help address veteran needs.
2008 - Continued to expand on first year initiatives.
· Convened numerous meetings with our medical research advisory board with a summit symposium at the NYS Center for Genomic Excellence in Rensselaer, NY. The symposium allowed our multi-disciplined panel the opportunity to discuss the interactivity of different aspects of the expertise in the following fields: Pharmacological, Toxicology, Neurological disorders, Molecular cell biology and cancer metastasis, Traumatic Brain Injury, a DNA bank and research center, a Dean of an esteemed Medical College, and other researchers.
· Partnered with the NYS Center for Functional Genomics and their NYS Ge*NYS*is research program, and the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, CA. The VA (Dr. Jonathan Perlin) abruptly withdrew from their partnership with their (and our) NYS partner after NYS built a $ 45 million dollar facility. NYS uncovered information where Dr. Perlin had violated the terms of the partnership by using the joint research to begin his own collaboration. The recent VA DNA partner program is a direct result of our partnership efforts.
· Presented our findings in support of the validity of GWI as a series of medical issues that needed to be recognized by both the Department of Defense and the VA after many years of stonewalling.
· Developed community and economic development programs and published “The Vital Initiative”.
· We were invited by the newly installed Secretary Shinseki to be a part of their new vision for the VA.
2009 and 2010 – Developing new projects and partners.
· We met Secretary Shinseki’s executives with respect to our new relationship.
· Partnered with the VA Faith-Based and Neighborhood office.
· Invited to attend and participate on the dais in the first VA FB&N conference in New Orleans where we challenged status quo policies. This led to our discussion with the VA Director of Homeless Program, wherein we helped redefine the term “homeless” to include “imminent homeless” to assist in precluding foreclosures on VA loans, active duty military leaving the military and not having a home to return to, etc.
· Participated in the NYS Council of Veterans Groups and their initiatives.
· Challenged the failure of NY State Department of Labor to include disabled veterans as disabled, which would open up additional opportunities for us.
· Joined VET Force – the Veterans Entrepreneurial Task Force, an inside the Beltway advocacy group for service-connected disabled owned businesses. Participated in numerous Congressional and other hearings, and sat on the steering committee. VET Force is headed by Rick Weidman, a prominent figure on Capitol Hill.
· Joined forces with the non-veteran disabled community. Co-created the “Stand up and Play” program featuring Otto Bock extending wheelchairs to participate in sports, allow for healthier positioning and reducing the atrophy in legs, bedsores, etc. Met with the President of Otto Bock mobility division in Germany and NY to form a new partnership where our disabled would be able to license a plant in the US and assemble, service, sell and use our own wheelchairs. We located property, did site development, community development and economic development with partners in NYS to establish our community and plant, but the local community could not agree on a number of pertinent issues and we shelved that project for future development.
· Met with NYS Department of Education in another symposium in Albany in the Regents building, but at the end of the day the bureaucracy of NYS proved overwhelming.
· Received substantial support from Cablevision and Computer Associates, and recognized by NASCAR after meeting with an owner.
2011 – 2012 Continued to develop community and economic projects.
· Invited to the White House to discuss our programs as part of our new relationship in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Invited to participate in the White House Faith-Based and Neighborhood program. Became a partner in the White House Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the parent of the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Became authorized agent for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
· Invited to participate on the MLK Day of Service on the White House Lawn.
· We were tasked by the IRS and the VA at a CNCS event in Washington to develop and spearhead the IRS VITA program within the VA.
· Initiated a vocational training program using motor sports events as a method of treating PTSD and Moral Injury. We opened an office in Treasure Island, FL, where we worked with our disabled program to establish an independent disabled sports programs for hotels and resorts.
· Researched establishing a disabled destination resort with multiple activities.
· Developed a boating program to facilitate the hands on program.
· We moved our program to Mooresville, North Carolina, per the invitation of the military attache to Governor Perdue. We helped stand up a motor sports program, with our graduates, who were experiencing serious family issues because of PTSD and Moral Injury, are still together as families almost five years later, and all are gainfully employed. We determined the person behind the automotive sports side was in fact a con artist, so we withdrew our support after the first semester. We partnered with Rowan Cabarrus Community College to be our educational partner and Warrior Race Cars out of Knoxville, TN, who supplied the house cars for our vocational and PTSD remediation program for our students, culminating with our car starting in the Pole Position for the World of Outlaws Finals at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This was an exciting reward for our students and families who were in the pits during the racing.
· We opened what has become our executive office in the Lakeside Park in Mooresville, NC.
· We hosted a movie at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, for our newly arrived injured and their families. Our nonveteran disabled team got out of their wheelchairs to help adjust the wheelchairs of the wounded to make them fit and roll better. I would not take a picture of that, but that picture is forever etched in my memory.
· We have been invited to Detroit to consider putting an office there – but there was too much political corruption fallout for us to be effective. Met with the White House Liaison Officer in the USDA Secretary’s office to pitch establishing a green zone in East Detroit to facilitate community regrowth and supply badly needed fresh vegetables. We effectively and independently presented the argument supporting the Detroit Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP). We have been recently approached to reconsider this opportunity.
· Began working with such groups as New America, CFED, the Aspen Institute, and so on, creating solutions to at-risk communities that we could incorporate with our position as an IRS partner by MOU. We are in the process of establishing ourselves as a Community Development Enterprise and Community Development Financial Institution.
· Cohosted a sky-dive boogie for our disabled – both veteran and non-veteran, in DeLand, FL.
2013 – 2016 – Evolution of Programs.
· Helped establish vocational training programs in Florida and Illinois through private partners.
· Established a micro-business program for our disabled in our Whitefish, MT, location. Started with a print shop as a small business for our disabled to become financially independent.
· Designed a built and special purpose ADA compliant RV trailer in support of our disabled programs – recreational, community event support, and rescue trailer for civil emergencies.
· We are developing our own rescue network for the disabled using our trailers as a basis. We learned by offering to partner with existing groups that they are not a useful alternative to the disabled during civil emergencies for a wide variety of reasons, including “getting in the way” of existing providers. We are developing cost-effective green modular housing to replace destroyed homes and staying under the FEMA replacement thresh-holds. Our programs would eliminate the need for the US Government to spend enormous amounts of money on disability programs that succeed only in ensuring the disabled are held captive while major corporate groups reap tremendous profits by manipulating programs.
· Continued to develop our disabled ski program and co-hosted events at Big Mountain in Whitefish, MT. Continued to bring awareness on a national basis to the issues needing attention and participating in national symposiums.
· We use our trailer as a base of operations on the mountain where our disabled friends can wheel into our trailer, change, use the facilities, and ski out, leaving their wheelchair in a safe and secure location. Typically wheelchairs are expensive and not treated well in public storage facilities. One ding can ruin a chair that might cost $ 6,000 or so, and which can not be replaced.
· We acquired a Tessier ski that enables us to have our disabled guests ski with virtually any disability. This is a high-tech ski and we are acquiring additional outrigging equipment for even greater flexibility. We had 14 sponsors for our program this past season.
· We were invited to the VA annual conference in St Louis, MO. We were invited to be on the Secretary’s Small Business Advisory Panel.
· Our Illinois venture involved setting up a vocational training program in Benton, IL, with a group that was resuscitating a combined grain mill and ethanol plant. We partnered with one group to do veteran-owned construction groups for Cargill, but the group became problematic and we tabled that effort. We will address it again shortly. We partnered with Forest-McNess to handle product, with Agrex Mills SA, the manufacturer of the machinery, WSI Fabrications as the operating partners, and some others. We were able to establish our ability to get a donation of 11 million pounds of excess sugar from the US Government as feedstock for the ethanol plant. The plant was hampered by engineering issues which cost more than the operating partners were able to fund, and the operation was shut down. We acquired enormous information and a great education to be able to use at looking at other plants now.
· We were invited to participate with American Veterans in Need in South Florida, which we did. The City of Miami invited us down to look at renovating various areas while using our platform helping veterans. We were involved in the negotiations with several City owned properties where we would be installing assisted living and independent living centers along with other programs. The local politics of existing groups undermined those efforts, along with some fraud, so we tabled our programs until the issues sorted themselves out legally. We have different types of plants in the pipeline to set up in Miami, still at the suggestion of the Mayor’s office.
· We looked at a number of available race tracks to implement our programs, but the geographic setting and/or the cost were not appropriate for us.
· We learned about Rockingham Speedway going into foreclosure in September, 2014, and met with one of the owners, Andy Hillenburg, who agreed to work with us as the operating partner of the racetrack which was just outside the Fort Bragg Military Reservation. It has 244 acres, perfect for us to put in a full campus with assisted and independent living facilities, space for a fabrication plant, a full race and entertainment program, vocational training, transitional facilities, an off-site campus for Richmond County Community College, and a health and wellness center. The judge ordered that we be able to have the ability to take over the track, which was vacant for several years. We met with investment groups, one of which offered to bankroll a $ 50 million investment into the facility. We went to the bank, who refused to talk with us despite the court order, then to the owners, one of whom refused to cooperate despite the court order. We reviewed the books and records and found substantial fraud on a number of levels, which we tried to report to the local Sheriff, County Attorney and finally the Judge – none of whom would touch it. These are clear civil rights violations as well as violation of respective fiduciary responsibilities, especially since one fraud that was committed against the County. The case is now in the hands of the North Carolina Attorney General, and we filed similar charges with the US Department of Justice due to the extent of the frauds, the crossing of state lines in the commission of these frauds, and the use of Panamanian lawyers and accounts by both one of the owners and his attorney.
· We constantly evaluate potential sites and potential partners. One such site was the St Francis Hospital complex in Beech Grove, Indiana. We were very close to getting it, but the Franciscans backed out when they knew we support the LGBT community as part of our mission, and in particular the minor children who are at extremely high risk on the streets. We developed the full operating plan and had the funding in place in six weeks. We made the decision not to make legal claims based on their civil rights violations in discriminating against the LGBT community as a 501c3. We nonetheless have the full business plan developed and we are looking out for similar opportunities.
· We have been approached to partner in a 40 acre veteran centric real estate development in Fort Myers, FL. We are doing our due diligence on that now, including having met with the Lee County Economic Development Corporation, which introduced us to two other business opportunities that we are also conducting due diligence on presently. One of those opportunities is a bio-diesel plant – which enables us to use our experience gleaned from our Illinois bio-fuel processing plant. We are in communication with the parent company that acquired the original manufacturer as to their support capabilities.
· We have entered into a contract to purchase the Midvale, OH, speedway with 80 acres of property and an active race track. We are in conversation now with both the economic development and local branch of Kent State University to move ahead with the acquisition.
· We are waiting for a contract to come back on another track in Clearfield, PA, near State College.
· We have initiated contact with and are performing due diligence on other tracks as well in different states.
· We have designed and developed SocialArchitect.com, a social media site designed to help groups raise money for themselves instead of for the billionaire social media groups.
· We have been approached by several municipalities to install our “Stem in the Hood” program, which we are currently in discussions with. We are looking at opportunities in NJ, Baltimore, North Carolina, Alabama and Illinois.
· We have been approached by other track owners to partner up with them and expand the racing operations in conjunction with our programs. We are conducting due diligence.
· We have been approached by another municipality who wants to donate property to us to build a full reintegration campus. We are in active discussions with that City now.
· We have developed several business partners, including Crawford Composites, The Omnicon Group, The US Battery Integrated Development Partners, UniGlide Additives, another veteran owned business group out of Mobile, AL, and the IEMSA (International Electric Motor Sports Association). We have created a consortium to develop electric vehicles and other environmentally friendly technology through an aggressive competitive racing program from companies and universities throughout the world. They will be co-locating at our campuses while we are able to help create new business opportunities for them. We are acquiring, building and expanding businesses that complement our programs and provide employment opportunities.
· We have proposals through one partner to install mag-lev mass transit systems that simultaneously generates usable electricity. This solves the concept of low cost to the public, privately funded mass transit while generating electricity with no negative environmental impact.
· Throughout our operations we continuously assist our veterans, families and disabled in a multitude of areas, and work behind the scenes to help address issues and develop long term solutions.
· We have entered into association with a number of other veteran non-profit groups whom we expect to offer gratuitous space on our campus locations so we can jointly offer more efficient and complete services. These groups include some Special Operations organizations as a result of my own military background.
· We have been designing and implementing proprietary racing programs to ensure the success of our programs. We have a great deal of progress we have made, and there are numerous sponsors waiting for us to close on our campuses. Some of them are multinational companies.
· We have partnered with another developer to install our programs in various cities using electric go-karts. We just received the numbers and are completing our business plans. Go karts will be an integral component for us throughout the United States. We developed one program where our active duty military are able to use our facilities to decompress in a private setting.