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Apr 27, 2021

NPA 81 Jeremy Harrell Veterans Club The importance of partnership  

In this episode of Nonprofit Architect, Travis talks with Jeremy Harrell about his work with Veteran’s Club Inc in Kentucky. 

 Jeremy Harrell is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran of Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably for nine years and was a Non-Commissioned Officer before getting out of the Army in 2008. As a man with an Entrepreneurial heart, he wanted to do more to support the Veteran community. Three years ago, Jeremy founded a non-profit called Veteran’s Club Inc in Kentucky. 

 Presently, Veteran’s Club Inc is a premier organization in the United States. Veteran’s Club INC has assisted thousands of Veterans in a multitude of ways such as his nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition for Vets needing employment, Family Outreach Program, and is currently developing the Camp Restoration Community to house and heal homeless veterans. 

 Veteran’s Club Inc also works heavily in veteran’s outreach in the community including raising money for Veteran causes and providing meals, job opportunities, and teaching leadership classes to homeless Veterans.  

 

 Conversation Highlights: 

{00:53} Jeremy explains how the Veterans club was started 

{6:31} Jeremy explains how Equine therapy works 

{9:10} Jeremy shares how he has come up with so many ideas 

{12:41} Jeremy explains how he folds the vets into the organization to serve 

{14:55} How do you start when you only have one person at your meeting 

{18:33} How to get the family involved 

{24:00} Why you need to partner with other organizations 

{29:54} The importance of youth council 

{34:56} A success story from Veterans Club 

{38:11} Contact Jeremy 

jharrell@veteransclubinc.org 

 

Remarkable quotes: 

You cannot hide your feelings from horses 

When an opportunity presents itself, I hop on it 

In our group of 5,000 vets, we have not had one suicide 

Money is secondary I want vets to leave feeling like family 

Do not focus on the number, do the work and the people will come 

Refuse to lose 

We are not worried about the credit we are worried about the results 

 

Resources: 

Jeremy Harrell 

jharrell@veteransclubinc.org 

Facebook.com/jeremy.wayne.harrell 

Instagram: jeremy_w_harrell_official 

linkedin: Jeremy Harrell 

veteransclubinc.org 

 

 

Bio: 

Jeremy Harrell is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran of Iraqi Freedom. He served honorably for nine years and was a Non-Commissioned Officer before getting out of the Army in 2008.  

After leaving the Army, Jeremy went to school at Mid-Continent University studying Business Management. Jeremy started a career in Operation Management in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Logistics Industry. As a man with an Entrepreneurial heart, he wanted to do more to support the Veteran community.  

Three years ago, Jeremy founded a non-profit called Veteran’s Club Inc in Kentucky. Presently, Veteran’s Club Inc is a premier organization in the United States. Veteran’s Club INC has assisted thousands of Veterans in a multitude of ways such as his nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition for Vets needing employment, Family Outreach Program, and is currently developing the Camp Restoration Community to house and heal homeless veterans. 

 Veteran’s Club Inc also works heavily in veteran’s outreach in the community including raising money for Veteran causes and providing meals, job opportunities, and teaching leadership classes to homeless Veterans. Jeremy also goes into jails and substance abuse inpatient facilities to teach life skills classes in hopes that those who are in there have the tools needed upon release.  

Veteran’s Club INC was the 2019 Recipient of the Patriots Award for Veterans Service Organization. This is a national award given from the American Freedom Fund in Washington D.C. every year. Jeremy was also named Kentucky Veteran of the Year and was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel twice in two years from two different Governors for the works he’s done for veterans in Kentucky. Jeremy was also nominated and chosen to be one of Louisville’s elite Forty under 40 for the class of 2020. In November of 2020, Jeremy was awarded Humana’s Boots on Ground Award, which is Humana’s most coveted award for the work he does for Veterans and the community. Once again in November of 2020, Jeremy was named Community Champion by Amazon and   

Kentucky Derby Festival. Jeremy is the Co-Chair for Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL). Jeremy also serves on the Week of Valor planning committee for Louisville Metro Government as well as the VA Mental Health Summit planning committee. 

Outside of his organization, Jeremy travels with an organization called Mighty Oaks Warrior Program to help struggling veterans in weeklong retreats in CA, OH, TX, and VA. Jeremy was selected as a Community Influencer for the Mayor of Louisville’s Synergy Project bridging the gap between citizens and police. Most recently, Jeremy was selected to serve on the Governor’s Challenge Team to help develop policy to combat SMVF suicides in the state of Kentucky. 

Jeremy is also a very active leader in his church Southeast Christian in Louisville. Independent from his organization, Jeremy is often called upon by local and national news affiliates such as CNN and Fox News when it comes to Veteran and Community Leadership related topics not limited to PTSD, Homelessness, Suicide, Policy, Foreign Policy, Social Justice, and more. 

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