Press Release: VEDI Launches Campaign for Mobile Health and Empowerment Unit for Veterans



Media Contact:

Tiffany Braxton

Phone:  860 698-0643



Campaign for Mobile Health and Empowerment Unit to address underserved veterans where they are situated

NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2017)According to The Soldiers Project, approximately 25 veterans commit or attempt to commit suicide every day.  As a nation that believes in saluting our returning heroes, we have not done a great job of meeting the needs of veterans once the holiday parades end.  Homelessness, Unemployment, Substance Abuse, Business Failures and Domestic Violence is equally high within the veteran community and too many are sitting in silent suffering.  In many cases, the issues include a lack of resources that could help veterans bridge gaps and retain their pride. Often, the problem starts with the basics – the lack of transportation and relevant resources – i.e. food, shelter, and compassionate care.

Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI), Inc. has launched a much needed campaign to raise $1 million to meet the needs of our under –served veterans.  The Binsack-Watson Express Platform was launched in remembrance of two Vietnam Veterans who were failed by the system.  One was homeless for months and the other lived in a foreclosed home with no heat.  Neither had transportation nor proper healthcare or support to gain the resources and attention they needed to survive, despite the millions poured into programs designed to help them.  Veteran Binsack lived in bus depots and slept behind VFW Halls.  Veteran Watson applied for assistance and his file was lost for months causing him to live in fear and the cold. They served their country and were dis-served by it.

The Binsack-Watson Veteran Express is designed to be a mobile support triad that will connect with veterans and their families where they are – and not subject them to the lack of sensitivity and accessibility that currently exists.  The Binsack-Watson Veteran Express will provide three levels of support for underserved veteran and their families designed to rebuild and empower the veteran community.  The Binsack-Watson Veteran Mini Van will provide transport for veterans to appointments, job interviews, shopping etc.  The Binsack-Watson Mobile Health & Vet Transporter provides rides, on-site health care assistance and educational outreach that reaches underserved veterans and their families where they are situated.  The Binsack-Watson VEDI-EHP Multi-care Mobile Health & Wellness Mobile Command Center will provide broader compassionate care and immediate resource support with “boots on the ground” capabilities to assist homeless populations.

Hosting Organizations: Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI) Inc. is a 501(c)(3)  New York State not for profit organization that was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs to grow veteran businesses, increase veteran employment and ignite veteran community empowerment. VEDI works with diverse constituencies to develop programs to increase veteran entrepreneurial and employment outreach and other services to improve infrastructure and long-term sustainability for veterans, their businesses and families.

Empowered Health Partnerships, Inc. (EHP) – is a 501 (c )(3) organization that was co-founded by world renowned nephrologist David Scott to combat the obesity epidemic which has led to the rise in diabetes and related ailments in African-American and Hispanic children; and to address health disparities in underserved communities.  The veteran population has also been targeted and is vulnerable to a variety of critical conditions due to poor nutrition, delayed medical attention and lack of access.

To make a tax deductible donation, make your check payable to “VEDI, Inc” and send to; VEDI/Binsack-Watson Project; 734 Franklin Ave, Suite 532, Garden City, NY 11530.








Media Contact: Tiffany Braxton




NEW YORK, NY (February 10, 2017) – Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, (VEDI), Incorporated is set to recognize the “unsung” heroes and sheroes on the home front who make a difference for long term sustainability for returning veterans and their families. With the launch of “VEDI 25”, the community based, veteran-focused organization will pay tribute to individuals and organizations that operate in the “domestic trenches” to build up positive and productive infrastructures for veterans to effectively return to civilian life.

“We will not only recognize those who put the needs of veterans first, but actually step up to do something,” stated Meta J. Mereday, VEDI, Inc. Founder and Domestic Warrior for Veterans.  “I am so passionate about helping our veterans and re-igniting the veteran community and I know that there are others out there who did not serve, but are battling everyday here at home to help those who protected us.  I come from a military family and a family of advocates, so my service has been on the home front because I stand on the shoulders of those who served on many fronts.”

The “VEDI 25” will be comprised of a select group that will be the launch of the VEDI “Circle of Champions for Vets” which will include an annual class of 25 who will be selected by VEDI Team members and advisory board members based on proven results and recommendations. “This selection will not be determined by ‘likes” but by actions that have elevated the condition of veterans and improved their long term sustainability,” added Mereday. “Grass roots efforts, while underfunded, are the true fabric that supports veteran empowerment. We do not have the luxury or cushion to waste time or money.  Veteran Lives are in jeopardy daily and the ‘VEDI 25’ will represent those who are in the domestic trenches with us lifting up our veterans.”

Meta, the VEDI team and their community partners have been in the forefront of addressing the needs of veterans and their families who too often fall through the cracks of the broken system and bridge gaps – even with limited resources – to make a difference that generates a ripple effect of results.  Whether it is advocating for legislation to improve access for veteran businesses to procurement opportunities and advocating for waivers for student veterans to register for classes without delays, to moving a veteran family during a tropical storm and helping to keep veterans in their homes; VEDI has made its mark as a true advocacy organization for veterans.  During this process, the team has developed relationships with individuals and organizations that have gone “above and beyond” in providing assistance to the VEDI model of empowering the veteran community.

Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives (VEDI) Inc. is a 501(c)(3) New York State not for profit organization that was established to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to grow veteran businesses, increase veteran employment and ignite veteran community empowerment.

For more information about VEDI, Inc and its “VEDI 25” and “VEDI Circle of Champions” Contact: Tiffany Braxton via Email:  or Phone: 860 698-0643.



Black Women Stand Up Encourages Individuals to “Do More Give More” This #GivingTuesday and Beyond encourages individuals to help support VEDI through their #DoMoreGiveMore Challenge in support of #GivingTuesday and beyond!

Black Women Stand Up

Black Women Stand Up (BWSU) encourages helping Black owned and women owned not-for-profit organizations through their #DoMoreGiveMore Challenge.

The goal for the #DoMoreGiveMore Challenge is to foster end of year giving for #GivingTuesday and beyond, and help raise funds for our spotlighted organization. We want everyone to experience the joy and rewards of giving and showing support to those who are working towards change in local communities near and far.

Check out Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton on Periscope introducing the #DoMoreGiveMoreChallenge’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton has been a champion of not-for-profit organizations, and has worked behind the scenes helping with a few that are near and dear to her heart with their fundraising and strategic planning efforts.  Understanding how tough it can be for the smaller Black and women owned organizations to get the funding…

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VEDI, Inc. Needs Your Support


Support VEDI through a tax-deductible donation today! There’s still time to give before end of year…Help US help OUR Veterans by visiting our GoFundMe Fundraiser Campaign Page amount is to small, and will assist in furthering our work with the Veteran population.  Thanking you in advance.

VEDI, a 501 (c ) (3) was established in 2008 to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs that will grow veteran businesses and increase veteran employment.

Happy Holidays, Have a Safe New Years!

VEDI Inc. is Developing “News2Reel4RealFolks”


734 Franklin Ave, Suite 532 Garden City, NY 11530



Contact: Tiffany Braxton, Vedi@Midnight

VEDI Inc. is developing “News2Reel4RealFolks”a multiplatform series to bring a fresh, humanistic approach and solutions to topical issues that impact veterans and their community

Leading veteran empowerment group takes lead in providing compassionate support for both military and sports veterans starting with the daunting “Concussion Discussion”

Garden City, NY: –  The movie “Concussion” has generated new momentum for a much needed discussion and plan of action driven not only by new protocols and safety gadgets, but ideally a new culture within the military and professional sports. “Major corporations – including media groups – have joined forces with the NFL to identify some new ideas and training methods, while the NFL still grapples with lawsuits and untimely deaths of forgotten, former players.  According to Meta J. Mereday, an award winning journalist, advocate for veterans and Founder of VEDI, Inc., what is missing is the discussions with retired players and soldiers about their experiences as the “faces of concussion” and getting them the resources and assurances they need as well as actual changes in the game to address and minimize the attack oriented “warrior”.

“We know that the NFL and the Department of Defense are working together because concussions belong in the traumatic brain injury family, but the design competitions and uneven protocol formats still leave too many at risk,” stated Mereday. “We need to capture the life stories and challenges and document the impact of concussions as a human interest story and community concern because our players and veterans are suffering in silence, but society is impacted as a whole. Science and gimmicks won’t solve the problem, changing the culture and educating the people will.”

News2Reel 4RealFolks” will highlight topical stories in a series format with in depth news, human interest and a wrap up that provides solutions and resources. N2R4RF will employ a multiplatform concept that will incorporate standard interview formats, webcasting interspersed with social media, research and resource supports for the specific topic on tap. With an informal and relaxed setting, N2R4RF will focus on the issues at hand, the individuals and their respective communities directly impacted and highlight what is being done and introduce strategies to bridge gaps. “Too often current programming is so outlandish, that viewers are left with a bad taste which is a wasted opportunity to make changes for the better. We want to give a new spin to topical issues and introduce a media model that is more humanistic and proactive.” The premiere piece will highlight the untold stories, missed opportunities and strategic possibilities regarding the Concussion Discussion.

VEDI Inc. and its health disparities partner, Empowered Health Partnerships will be partnering with the media, military, medical communities for the premiere segment and engaging other diverse constituencies  to develop the programming.

VEDI, a 501 (c ) (3) was established in 2008 to collaborate with various organizations to create an effective national model to build programs that will grow veteran businesses and increase veteran employment. VEDI works with local colleges and universities to develop programs to increase veteran entrepreneurial training and employment outreach. Also, VEDI has developed innovative collaborations that have proactively impacted the veteran community and overall societal empowerment.

For more information about “News2Reels4RealFolks” contact Midnight Management.



Our Wish To You…


and our community partners

Empowered Health Partnerships, Inc. (Queens, NY)

Bethel AME Church and Food Pantry (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Baldwin United & Baldwin Oaks Civic Association (Baldwin, NY)

Long Island Veterans Initiatives (Long Island, NY)

Isabel Dory Ministries (Long Island, NY)

Cedarmore Corp (Freeport, NY)

Hands of Hope Ministries (Pennsylvania & New York)

MRG- Health Empowerment & Longevity Project –HELP (New York)


and our program liaisons

Top Flight, LLC (California and Georgia)

BFA Environmental (Florida, Louisiana & New York)

Detroit REBUILD (Michigan)

Summit Global Strategies & Solutions (New Jersey)


NY NJ MSDC (New York & New Jersey)


Wish you and yours a…..



And thank our veterans and their families EVERYDAY for their sacrifice and service. Support those of us in the trenches focused on their empowerment upon their return! It starts with you! Share if you care!

                                                                  Meta J. Mereday, Founder

In the interest of our Veterans… GoFundMe Link: