Lee Erwin reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 21st Annual Veterans Day Breakfast, Saturday, November 9 at Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center.
Tickets for the breakfast were sold out with close to 200 people in attendance. The Chamber holds the breakfast each year to express the community’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by the men and women of our nation’s military and especially Fort Campbell..
Tennessee State Senator Mark Green, a veteran himself, was the guest speaker at the breakfast which was held prior to the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Clarksville. Green encouraged everyone in the community to thank veterans for their service every time they had the chance to do so.
“These guys didn’t work or do it for the thanks, they did it because they live and it’s an opportunity to serve a great nation. But they love that thanks when it comes,” said Green. The senator also thanked the community for being one that cares so much about veterans.
Green talked about a bill to help veterans he plans to introduce to the State Legislature in their 2014 session. It’s called the Veterans Retiree Small Business Grant. Green said he will be proposing a $10,000 small business grant for up to 50 veterans a year to help recruit more retirees to Tennessee.
The local community is also helping veterans to start their own small business. Green said Austin Peay State University, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Clarksville are planning the Entrepreneurial Boot Camp in the summer of 2014 to teach young Soldiers getting out of the military how to run their own business.