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Armed Forces: Mentoring program matches veterans with private-sector bigwigs

The third Saturday of May is Armed Forces Day, a day designated to honor Americans serving in the military. There are thousands of veterans’ organizations that assist those who have served every single day.

American Corporate Partners (ACP), a non-profit organization in New York City, is the only group that matches veterans with mentors at major corporations in the country.

“Many of the people we work with have never been in the private sector before. They’ve never had a resume that’s been written for a private sector person,” said Sid Goodfriend, chairman and founder of American Corporate Partners.

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Goodfriend started ACP in 2008. After working as a banker for many large U.S. companies for 25 years, he wanted to move onto something more meaningful. He was looking to give something back to the country.

Goodfriend approached many business leaders he had worked with in the past. The first person he approached was the chairman of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi.

“I told her I wanted to start a program a little like Big Brothers Big Sisters [of America], except in this case the little brother might be 250-pound Marine sergeant,” he said.  “It’s really hard finding a job that leads to a meaningful career. A big part of what we do is we help…

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