Connecticut Veteran Receives A Stepvan From Work Vessels For Vets for Unique Mobile Business

Originally Printed in The Resident Oct 4 ~ 17, 2017


Connecticut Veteran Receives A Stepvan From Work Vessels For Vets for Unique Mobile Business

Starting a new business is hard, especially after coming home from military service. USMCR Cpl. Gulaid Ismail served in Fallujah, Iraq with the Plainfield Marine Reserve Unit in 2005-06. It was not nice. HNis uniunit took heavy losses of good marines. .  .  .  [Since coming bacj] he met and married Davnina and he attended the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp for Veterans at the University of Connecticut. The couple devised a business plan and alaunched "DribbleBabies" boutique infant wear featuring clothing sewn by local seamstresses. With a modestly successful brick and mortar store in New Britain., the plan called for going mobile to take their infant clothing line to fairs, shows and "Made in Connecticut" events.

"Work Vessels for Vets (WVFV)" was impressed by the depth of thought in their business plan, and their unique idea," says Cathy Cook, Executive Director, WVFV. "We worked together and determined that a refurbished stepvan would be the critical "vessel" they needed to launch their mobile boutique."

On Saturday, September 16th, [Gulaid and Davina's] deam came true, when Work Vessels for Vets presented them with the vehicle they needed at WVFV's annual fundraising event at Groton Loong Pooint. 

"My wife and I are overwhelmed with the generosity and kindness of this organization and all its supporters!" said Cpl. Ismail." We will pay it forward for sure! And I want to thank everyone for this amazing gift."

Watching the difference a small gift can make in the life of an injured serviceman is why a group of dedicated patriots from a small fishing village in Noank established Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. .  .  . Amazingly, since [2008] Work Vessels for Vets, Inc. has matched over 1600 qualified veteran entrepreuneurs in all 50 states with donations of nearly $2 million worth of vessels, vehicles, equipment, tools, tractors, farm equipment, jewelry welders, goats, blueberry bushes, barns, computers, drones, electronics and more.

To learn more about Work Vessels for Veterans, go to


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