Media Contact:

Tiffany Braxton



VEDI, Inc will generate publication to inform, engage and empower the veteran community

NEW YORK, NY (February 21, 2017) – VEDI, INC. is launching a campaign to develop a comprehensive resource and support guide that will provide much needed information and collaboration tools to effectively reach the estimated and untapped multi-trillion dollar veteran community.  With a focus on entrepreneurial development and economic empowerment, VEDI, Inc will partner with public and private sector entities to generate the research data and support material to provide a much needed road map for veterans to better access business development, community engagement and support services to provide the long term sustainability that is lacking within the veteran community.  In addition, major corporations, government agencies and educational institutions will be able to connect with grass roots and emerging veteran service organizations to bridge the many gaps that exist causing the myriad of problems that our returning heroes face.

“Our military are the best trained and highly disciplined while on active duty, but upon return to the home front, their civilian lives are complete opposites with high unemployment, suicides, business failures and substance abuse,” stated Meta J. Mereday, Founder, VEDI, Inc.  This guide will set a new dynamic in the veteran community with a focus on the “Total Veteran” – and not media-hyped stereotypes.  This guide will provide vital resource information, community service models, best practices for business development, career and family enhancement tips, educational tips with tools, post-deployment success strategies, legal – financial information and veteran statistics and trends.

“Too often, veterans are returning home ill-equipped to make the transition, lacking the necessary tools and information and it has caused too many to fall victim to negative lifestyles that lead to abuses,” stated Stephen Bailey, Veteran and Managing Consultant, Top Flight, LLC., a veteran owned development and logistic company working with VEDI to develop the guide format.  “We look forward to partnering with VEDI to develop this guide and to build the platform around it to maximize veteran empowerment and to build up the veteran community.  VEDI continues to lead the way in innovative models to change the dynamic in a positive way for our returning veterans.”

VEDI, Inc. is seeking program partners to assist with the data research and material compilation for the guide book. Promotional opportunities will be available for contributors to market their services that relate to veteran business development and veteran community empowerment.  The launch issue will be a limited release, with Long Island as the pilot market as it is home to the largest veteran population in the Northeast Corridor with an extensive corporate base, prestigious colleges and universities and a representative population.

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. 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.

For more information and promotional material regarding the VEDI Resource Guide, contact: Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management PR – Email: VEDI@MidnightManagement.com – Phone: 860 698-0643.




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.




For Immediate Release: Leading Supplier Diversity Organization Partners with VEDI

734 Franklin Ave, Suite 532
Garden City, NY 11530

August 11, 2015

Tiffany Braxton, Midnight Management

Leading Supplier Diversity organization partners with Veteran Business Group to empower Veteran Businesses to address Veteran unemployment and business development
NY-NJ MSDC and VEDI form alliance to improve inclusion efforts to build veteran business capacity to effectively transition veterans into sustainable careers

New York:-The New York New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council, “The Council” recently partnered with Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives, Inc (VEDI) to launch a Veteran Owned Business/Small Disadvantaged Veteran Owned Business (VOB/SDVOB)Validation Project targeted at opening new doors for diverse businesses who meet the criteria for VOBs/SDVOBs. This project will take these businesses to the next level of development and includes building capacity, diversifying veteran employment resources and empowering the veteran community.

“Enhancing veteran business development is the first step to aggressively address high veteran unemployment and to empower the veteran community, which includes us all,” states Meta J. Mereday, VEDI, Inc Founder. According to Victory Media, the U.S. Veteran population (including veterans, spouses and children) represents an underserved population with over $1 trillion in purchasing power and an uncompromised consumer base. “Current programs only address singular issues with little integration, thus many gaps in service continue to exist. This project begins at the root – business development – and branches out to all areas that impact the veteran community – jobs, family, housing, health and well being. Working together with The Council – with its extensive background in diverse business development within corporate America and representing the New York metro area – we will be in the heart of global business.”

VEDI, Inc. was established 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 and veteran resource development. VEDI advocates for supplier and workforce diversity in the public and private sectors as well as state houses and federal agencies.

“Veteran-owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses have untapped potential that we envision as the new business development frontier. Working with the VEDI team and our corporate members to identify the suppliers who can benefit from their service to our country and their business expertise is a ‘win-win’ for all involved,” added Terry Clark, President & CEO, NY/NJ MSDC, Inc.

The Council, which was established in 1973, provides a vital link between major corporations and minority business enterprises (MBEs). Each year, member corporations have reported billions of dollars spent with Council-certified Minority Business Enterprises. Serving the New York and New Jersey region, The Council is one of the 24 regional affiliates of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Inc. (NMSDC).

TopFlight LLC, an MVOB, is the Project Manager for the Validation Project. To register, go to http://www.topflightllc.net and open “Contact Us”, submit your business information and “VVP” in the comment section.

For more information about VEDI: call 917-886-7743. For more information about The Council: call 212-502-5663.


Veteran Business Development

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Veteran Businesses: the untapped job market
Providing job and contracting opportunities for returning veterans is the goal of VEDI – Veterans Entrepreneurial Development Initiatives. Bridging the gap between capacity building companies and job creation models is part of VEDI’s strategic platform.  “Job growth and business development provides the infrastructure to rebuild the nation’s economy,” states VEDI Founder Meta J. Mereday. “With the skill sets that veterans bring back from the battlefront, we have a ready made workforce that requires very little retraining to transition them from helmets to hardhats as well as ownership”. Veterans lead the nation in suicides, homelessness as well as unemployment and business failutes. VEDI is the anwer to change this tragic trend and make a proactive difference for our nation’s heroes.

VEDI Founder Honored for Veteran Business Development

Meta J. Mereday, VEDI Founder, was recently honored by the Long Island Business News for community outreach and service to our nation’s veterans.  Meta received the honor at a special ceremony hosted by the business publication held at the Cresthollow Country Club for her innovative efforts to generate contracting opportunities for veterans to help them to increase their capacity to hire other veterans.  In addition to creating contracting opportunities, VEDI also advocates for state based programs that increase access and training for veteran entrepreneurs and ease licensing restrictions.  “Our veterans continue to be underserved when they return home from service and it is time for all of us to step from behind the waving flags and really make a long term commitment to build up our domestic front to increase veteran businesses and decrease veteran homelessness.”  Meta, who is a business development expert and veteran advocate, was among 50 honorees who were recognized at the gala event by Long Island’s leading business publication.