Workshops for Warriors | Quarterly Newsletter | September 2021
September 2021
Quarterly Newsletter
Workshops for Warriors Summer 2021 Graduates and Board of Advisors
Message from WFW Founder & CEO Hernán Luis y Prado
Dear Workshops for Warriors Supporters,

I recently returned from a media tour in New York City where I was honored to speak about Workshops for Warriors at the prestigious SALT Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was empowering big ideas and Workshops for Warriors’ unique mission and story was shared with some of the most influential global players in finance, technology, and geopolitics.

In my talk, I touched upon the significant impediment to the success of the proposed infrastructure bill. Although President Biden’s infrastructure bill is well-intentioned, and desperately needed to reinvigorate American manufacturing, it is based on the incorrect assumption that we have the trained people to fill newly created manufacturing jobs. The missing cornerstone of the plan is a nationally scalable training program like Workshops for Warriors. This message was well received by the SALT attendees and opened the doors to numerous interviews and strategic conversations which we believe will support our ability to change more veterans’ lives.

Our efforts to bring national attention to our work have been rewarded with recent feature stories on CBS News, Cheddar, Fox & Friends, NASDAQ Trade Talks and the Team Never Quits Podcast with Marcus & Morgan Luttrell.

We also held our third Fireside Chat with Meghan West, President of CNC Software, the company behind Mastercam. It was engaging and chronicled the history of their formidable support for Workshops for Warriors.

There is an atmosphere of excitement at WFW as we approach a major milestone, our 1,000th graduate. With graduates working in every state of our nation, and with supporters like you behind us, we feel confident our course is true.

All of our recent successes have been made possible by you. As we continue with our expansion plans so we can serve more veterans, we will continue to call on you for financial support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

It’s time to retrain our veterans to make America the world’s manufacturing superpower again and with your continued support I know we can accomplish this noble task together.


Hernán Luis y Prado
Changing Lives: Student Stories
Workshops for Warriors understands the transition period people go through when they leave the military. Having people who take that into consideration allows you to succeed.

Danial Monzon, Army Veteran
Summer 2021 Welding II Graduate
“When I realized how the education could help me, I thought, ‘I can’t turn this opportunity down. This is beautiful.’”

Jeffrey S. Putter, M.D., Navy Veteran
Summer 2021 Machining Graduate
Congratulations to Our Summer 2021 Graduates
We were grateful to host our first in-person graduation since the start of the pandemic on August 20. That day, 64 veterans and transitioning service members graduated with 859 nationally recognized credentials. Congratulations!
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Help fund the expansion that will increase our student throughput ten-fold.
Partners Propelling Our Mission Forward
Praxair donated welding helmets, tools, and chemicals for our welding program.
Poway Elks Lodge toured Workshops for Warriors and presented a generous donation.
USAA sponsored our Summer 2021 Graduation and presented gifts to the Honor Graduates.
CK Worldwide donated tons of brand new TIG torches for our intermediate welding students to use for their training.
Bronson and Linda Jacoway generously sponsored lunch for our Summer 2021 Graduation.
Victory Welding Alloys donated welding wire, rods and electrodes to our welding program.
Weiler Abrasives donated cutting wheels and protective gear to help ensure our students train safely.
Special Thanks
Thank you to the following donors and organizations who recently awarded WFW with funding.

Emergent BioSolutions
Hypertherm HOPE Foundation
May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Pacific Premier Bank
Poway Elks Lodge
Qualcomm, Inc.
The Boeing Company
Tsuha Foundation
US Bank
Wells Fargo
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WFW In the Spotlight
Hernán Luis y Prado with Anthony Scaramucci at SALT New York
Ways to Support
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