Latino veterans are helping to make their local, national and global communities stronger years after retiring from service in the various U.S. military branches. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, businesses owned by Latino veterans doubled between 2002 to 2007. Here are some Latino veterans-turned-entrepreneurs we want to honor this Veterans Day.

1. Chris Mercado, Objective Zero

At the Military Times Service Member of the Year Ceremony! Congratulations to all of this years award recipients and…

Posted by Objective Zero App on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business this year, Army active duty infantry officer Chris Mercado’s Objective Zero is helping fellow veterans receive the mental health they need during a crisis with the touch of an app. Mercado was inspired to create the app after he helped save the life of his friend and Army mate who was contemplating suicide. That six-hour phone call…

2. Graciela Tiscanero-Sato, Author and Founder of Gracefully Global Group, LLC

Decorated Air Force veteran Graciela Tiscanero-Sato is a business maven who has been able to transfer her leadership skills into becoming a successful author in two genres and founding her own marketing company. She has authored a five-time award winning book on Latinos innovating in the green economy, as well as the first bilingual children’s book about mothers in the military, “Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitan Mama.” In 2014, Tiscanero-Sato was named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama for her military service and contributions to the economy as a business owner.

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