CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- They've served our country and now, they want to serve you. A new company in Cape Coral called Handy-Vets only hires local veterans.
The business has one goal in mind: putting our service men and women back to work.
Most days you'll find Tom Kirschbaum hard at work. Kirschbaum is a veteran employed with Handy-Vets: a brand new business based in Cape Coral that only employs servicemen and women. "It's a good atmosphere, and I enjoy working outside," he said.
The man behind the business is Craig Blume, who is a vet himself. When he ran some job fairs for the local veterans group he realized there was a need to put those who've served the county back to work. "There's just not enough jobs for these guys. Not everybody can go on the GI Bill and go back to school. Some people, you know, they have families and they need to go to work," explained Blume.
So, Blume came up with the idea to create Handy-Vets and made that happen a few months ago. It was at Cape Coral's July 4th Red White and Boom event that Blume started handing out flyers. And ever since then, he says, the calls started coming in.
Right now, the company employs four veterans, including Blume. They conduct maintenance work for clients in Cape Coral and Lee County. "Anything from appliance repair or yard work. And literally everything in between," said Blume.
Joanne Debiasa needed a shower head fixed and reached out to the group. She's also done so, in the past. "Even though this may be a small way, I think it's a very effective way to get some of these vets, give them a jumpstart back on their feet," she said.
Handy-Vets is looking to move into a permanent office in Cape Coral. In the future, Blume would like to add a second office perhaps in Lehigh Acres and hire more veterans.
To reach Handy-Vets, call (239) 297-8585.