Veterans Training Center Set for Middletown, Delaware
Facility Designed for 40 Residential Students

The Veterans Watchmaker Initiative is a registered 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit organization created to provide watchmaker training for disabled American veterans.

The planned training center will be the only technical school in the US dedicated specifically to honorably discharged veterans, with a concentration on disabled veterans.

Why watchmaking?

   There's an intense demand for professional watchmakers around the world right now - including 4,000 open jobs in the US alone.

   The unemployment rate among disabled veterans is a 82%.

   Veterans have the intelligence, the discipline and the motivation to become master professionals in a craft which will give them dignity, purpose and the ability to provide well for themselves and for their families.

   Watchmaking is a revered, honorable, high paying profession which can be practiced in a manufacturing setting, in local jewelery stores, as a freestanding storefront business - and can even be practiced at home for those with mobility issues.

   There is NO COST to veterans with service connected disabilities. VWI will not ask for any veterans benefits. The cost of training and residence at the facility will be underwritten by the watchmaking industry, grants, and private donations.

   What Can I Do? If you're a vet, Contact Us.

If you'd like to donate to our building program or want to provide equipment or tools, please go to our Donations Page or Contact Us.

   If you’re a watch service center or jeweler and would like to work with the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative by hiring one of our graduates, please let us know by clicking the Retailers/Service Centers button above and registering with VWI.


One Step Closer to Opening!

Opening the first Veterans Watchmaking class is one step closer to reality due to the efforts of more than a dozen members of the Hogs and Heroes Foundation.

Volunteers from the Foundation's Chapter 4, Middletown Delaware; and PA Chapter 3, Prospect Park, PA; donated more than 100 man-hours on November 14, 2015, removing ramps and decking from two donated temporary buildings so they can be transported from Pennsylvania to Delaware.

One single wide and a double wide building will be used for a temporary office and watchmaker training classrooms while the permanent facility is being built in Middletown, Delaware.       More

VWI School Property Acquired!

This architect's rendering shows what the Veterans Watchmaker training center will look like when completed. It will be the only technical school in the country dedicated exclusively for US veterans.

A home for the Veterans Watchmaker Initiative has been found.

After reading a news article on the Initiative, a private family in Middletown, Delaware, donated a four-acre property along US Rt. 301 as a site for the Watchmaker training facility.

The town of Middletown has approved the project and has given the go-ahead for the project to proceed. The Town has also agreed to underwrite power, water and sewer services to the Initiative.


Econ Secretary Visits VWI Site

Bernice Whaley, Cabinet Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office, left, and VWI Chairman Sam Cannan discuss the impact of the Veterans Training Center on the local and state-wide economy.


Veterans Watchmaker Initiative    971 Middletown-Warwick Road    Middletown, Delaware 19709

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