Goverline is a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) in Jacksonville, Fla. founded by its CEO John Melia. John is retired Marine who was injured in a helicopter crash in 1992 off the coast of Somalia and to say he cares deeply about his fellow disabled veterans is an understatement. That’s because John also founded the highly successful Wounded Warrior Project. A non-profit organization that he helped build in to one of the leading disabled veteran focused charity in the U.S.
John continued that passion for helping veterans when he launched Goverline in early 2009. His reasons for opening Goverline were two-fold. First, to provide superior logistical services and second he recognized a tremendous need to employ returning service men and women. His commitment to helping veterans is woven into Goverline’s DNA, and it drives all that they do.
John is also a big proponent of supporting locally-owned small businesses and goes out of his way to support them. In fact, he compares the camaraderie that he experienced in the military with the camaraderie he has experienced with fellow small business owners in the Jacksonville area. “Small business owners are willing to talk to you about how you can grow your business,” says Melia, “and a lot of them are open to partnerships to help grow your business.”
As we enter the Memorial Day weekend, please stop to think about those that have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country and please consider the importance of supporting locally-owned veteran businesses like John’s.
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