GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WZZM) - As our country honors veterans this Veterans Day, some are returning home to start a new life and a new business.
Veteran Paul Doyle is the founder and CEO of Profitecture, a business that helps professionals use social media to help their businesses. Doyle got a line of credit through Huntington Bank to get started. Now he is also trying to help fellow veterans with a program called "The Social Corps" to help veterans translate their military skills into civilian life.
Doyle says, "Having them learn how to build a social network that supports their goals in this new civilian environment is going to be critical. When they come out of the service they are at a disadvantage. They've left behind a network that was effective for them."
Josh Burgess of Huntington Bank says, "Huntington is strongly committed to small businesses. With participation with the Small Business Administration, we can offer the Patriot Express loans. That is available to military members or veterans to help them start up a business or expand a business you have."
These types of programs are helpful at a time when unemployment for young veterans is nearly 30 percent, and overall veteran unemployment is 8.3 percent.