Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV)

Thank you for all of your help with shopping for coffee with a cause. We were able to donate $500.00 to Work Vessels for Veterans. This amount came from a percentage of sales from our amazing customers who shopped coffee during the month of April. Thank you! 

Work Vessels for Veterans + INI Sips


We are proud supporters of the work that Work Vessels for Veterans is doing for the Veteran community. 

The nationally accredited Mystic, Connecticut-based nonprofit, Work Vessels for Vets (WVFV -, equips America’s veterans with the tools they need to make a successful transition from service-connected injuries to civilian entrepreneurship.  Since its founding in 2008, the volunteers at Work Vessels for Vets, Inc awarded equipment to more than 2200 injured veterans in all 50 states.  To date, the value of these awards has exceeded $3.2 million! And the new businesses hired more than 1000 and generated over $12 million in economic activity!   And all this with an administrative overhead under 1%! 

INI Sips is proud to have been recipients of the great work that Work Vessels for Veterans is doing across Connecticut and the entire United States. 

Read more about WVFV Giving and Awards Here

Upcoming WVFV Events:

5/28/21 – 5/31/21  “Make Memorial Day Memorable" Virtual Walk Fund-Raiser
On Memorial Day, take a walk to honor Mystic's Work Vessels for Vets mission to help injured veterans who need equipment to start a business after military service.  Sponsor a team or walk as an individual anytime during Memorial Day Weekend.  Set your own course and unite with supporters from across the country in a Virtual Walk to “Make Memorial Day Memorable.”  
To register email to:
Cost: $25/person  

ALASKA - Army Sgt Junior Daniel is a medially retired, Purple Heart recipient after 2 tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  His Palmer, Alaska-based company, DanChini Aero, inspects, builds and repairs Piper Super Cubs that are needed for backcountry flying.  Work Vessels for Vets shipped $4000 in custom machinery to bend aluminum for aircraft body repair.  Today he has a 2 year backlog of demand for his services. 

TEXAS – USA SGT Tara Hutchinson.  The IED blast severed her leg.  Her heart stopped for 20 minutes.  She had severe burns, TBI, PTSD and severe depression.  She wanted to die.  Six years later, she sells her jewelry designs across the country, using the $10,000 gold and silver welder & other equipment she received from WVFV.  “After my injury, even though I was still alive, I thought my life was over.  Work Vessels for Vets has given me the opportunity for hope again which has allowed me to choose life.”

INDIANA – USA Captain Justin Morseth started a woodcraft business with the $4000 adaptive computerized laser router and bench from Work Vessels for Vets, Inc.  Awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Valor Device “V” for his service as a Bradley Platoon Leader in Iraq in 2003, he also returned with PTSD and TBI and had trouble readjusting to daily life — his days and nights plagued by nightmares and memories of battle trauma. He modified his original dream to open a construction business and opened his home-based business  to suit his injuries.  He is in great demand for his “Flags and Footballs” on and is successfully supporting his family.