Serial entrepreneur Howard Keating is in the midst of a Web radiothon to benefit veterans and their families.

Keating’s Howard Keating Show normally boosts entrepreneurship each evening online. But starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday night, Keating planned to stay on the Web radio for 24 hours straight to get access to jobs and a better financial future for veterans.

By bringing together authors, job boards, financing experts, franchising representatives, social services professionals, entertainers and a their fellow active soldiers Howard will be doing his part to end the national shame of poverty and hopelessness among so many of our veterans.

For more than 30 years, Howard Keating — a veteran himself — has been one of the nation’s strongest advocates for supporting small, developing or minority-owned businesses. He has been involved with more than 25 startups and 16 turnarounds and his expertise spans everything from manufacturing to software to electronics to land development to health care.

For this live, interactive Web-a-thon, more than 60 associations and 200 companies have pledged to help our returned soldiers get a new job; start a business; expand their business; and obtain up to $25,000 in business development loans.

“Our goal for this program is to get 1,000 veterans to apply for a job, and make 1,000 business contracts available to veterans,” Keating said. ”This is just the beginning. We will continue these Web-a-thons until all of our veterans and their families have established the financial independence they so deserve.”

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