San Diego Business Journal

Gary & Mary West Foundation Gives Grant to ‘Reboot’ Program for Veterans

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The “Reboot” program, which helps veterans make the sometimes difficult transition from the military culture to civilian life, has received a $250,000 grant from the Gary & Mary West Foundation.

National Veterans Transition Services Inc. of Mission Valley, the nonprofit organization behind the Reboot workshops, made the announcement Aug. 22. The West grant will help 100 participants attend the free, three-week “reverse boot camp” program.

The nonprofit said it received an unrelated gift as well: 40 round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines Co. The Texas-based carrier is giving tickets to nonprofit organizations to mark its 40th anniversary. The Mission Valley nonprofit sees two uses for the airline tickets. They will allow students to come to San Diego to attend the program, and let organization leaders travel to explore expansion into other cities.

Retired Rear Adm. Ronne Froman and retired Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Wilson run National Veterans Transition Services Inc. and the Reboot program, which had its first anniversary in July.

Some 300 people have participated in the Reboot program so far.

— Brad Graves