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No one who fights for his or her country should come home and have to fight for a job. We're a nonprofit that is hiring our heroes.
Betsy Siegmund
Upstate, New York
United States
2 Team Members

A Request
for Funds  from Advantage US Vets Inc

Our Vets Were There When We Needed Them,

Now They Are Counting On Us



No military person who fights for his her country should come home only to have to fight for a job. The problem of veteran unemployment, however, is an American epidemic. Despite promises of federal action, the unemployment rate for returning Iraq and Afghanistan vets is nearly 10%. There remain more than 200,000 such vets who are currently unemployed.

Advantage US Vets Inc offers a solution, a small yet holistic, solution.

AUV is a veterans-driven grass roots nonprofit determined to do something about veterans joblessness – by hiring our heroes directly to work on a not-for-profit farmstead in Upstate New York. Honorably discharged veterans will work in the fields and greenhouses, in the honeybee yards and hennery, and animal rescue quarters, manage the farmstead lodge—which will operate in a b&b format, perform community outreach, and more – in a safe, positive, holistic environment designed to ease the often-difficult transition from military to civilian life.



We need your help to make AUV’s Roots and Sprouts Farmstead a reality.  We are counting on Americans like you to be there for our veterans who deployed on our behalf--often again and again.

We’ve begun to lay the groundwork to establish the Farmstead, which means we need funds for things like site evaluations, legal and administrative expenses and transportation costs– all necessary before our property can be purchased. Once we complete this groundwork, we will fundraise further toward the purchase price of the land and lodge.



AUV is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, with 501(c)(3) status pending.

Our President is Capt. Mark L. Dyson, U.S. Air Force, retired. Mark is a successful Internet entrepreneur in Upstate New York, who is interested in helping his fellow vets enjoy the good life they’ve fought so hard for. He heads up our elected Board of Trustees.

AUV serves all ranks and services. We are neither pro-war nor anti-war – simply citizens who want to step up to help our fellow Americans who answered the call of patriotism.

The AUV officers and trustees join together to thank you for your support and encouragement of our veterans and the purchase of the Roots & Sprouts Farmstead.

Please visit the AUV website for more detail about all of our Programs.  You can also reach us at 398 Jerusalem Hill Road | Clayville, NY 13322 | (315) 737-8685. Our email is betsybrowne@advantageusvets.org

Donation disbursement is managed by our Accountant, George C. Schaffner CPA. George is a longtime resident of Cazenovia, NY and a member of the AUV Board of Trustees as well as our treasurer. He contributes his services pro-bono. You can reach him at (315) 655-0311 or gschaffner@windstream.net.




Snapshot of the Problems of Veterans Unemployment

Capt. Michael Bolton saw the problem firsthand as he headed a program to help other Oklahoma National Guard officers access jobs as they return from deployment. Ironically, his own job as coordinator was to end April 1.


From "60 Minutes": Disabled veterans are getting help finding work in a tough job environment. Air Force veteran Mike Haynie has created a course to teach vets how to launch their own businesses.




Please help spread the word about this Campaign. Use the Indiegogo share tools to pass it along to friends, family and fellow Americans who want to make a positive difference.

 Thank you again for your generosity, and we are honored by your support!


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  • $1USD

    Many thanks for your help putting veterans to work! For remembering our veterans, you’ll get a big THANK YOU by name on our AUV website and Facebook page. We truly appreciate it.

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  • $5USD

    We’ll send you a packet of beautiful forget-me-not seeds because you’ve proven we haven’t forgotten our heroes.

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  • $20USD

    You’ll receive your choice of one of our striking Advantage US Vets T-shirts or our stylish \cap and a packet of forget-me-not seeds for your generosity toward our goal of hiring our heroes.

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  • $50USD

    In addition to our heartfelt gratitude on behalf of our veterans, you’ll receive one of our superb Advantage US Vets tote bags and a packet of forget-me-not seeds for coming along as we fight to make certain every American vet can enjoy the good life for which they fought so valiantly.

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  • $75USD

    With our gratitude you have the opportunity to honor or memorialize the name of a loved one by adding his or her name to a handsome plaque to hang in the Farmstead Lodge. Installed at the Flag Raising Ceremony. You also will receive a certificate of appreciate through the mail.

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  • $100USD

    A grand opportunity to honor with gratitude and remembrance the life and work of a loved one with a brick inscribed with his or her name in the Farmstead’s Garden or Honor around the Flag Court. Installed at the Flag Raising Ceremony

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  • $250USD

    Your opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one by name with a longer inscription on a larger brick in our Flag Courtyard Garden of Honor at the Farmstead. Installed at Flag Raising Ceremony

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  • $2,500USD

    Come stay for a weekend and see the beauty of our Farmstead firsthand! Enjoy the gorgeous countryside, the tranquility of the area—and, of course, the companionship of the veterans and their four-legged friends! Weekends available for one year after the Farmstead opens

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