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Meet Chandan Kochhar

This is Chandan Kochhar. Chandan is a US Army Reserves Culinary Specialist stationed at Fort Worth, and he has an extensive history in cybersecurity and compliance. Sponsored by The Extra Mile Foundation, he will be attending a cybersecurity course taught by VetinTech next week to enhance his portfolio as he seeks civilian employment.

Born in India, Chandan completed his bachelors in computer science prior to moving to the United States in 2008. He has held several positions within cybersecurity before enlisting in the US Army Reserves in 2015. His hard work and dedication is an exemplary instance of our veterans pursuing the American dream. Way to go Chandan!


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Our First Month In Review

We would like to begin by thanking all of our advisors, supporters, and early donors for helping us pursue our mission of supporting veteran empowering organizations. Without your guidance and encouragement, we would have not been able to do what we have done so far. Thank you!

Our Mission
As a nonprofit travel agency built to alleviate travel burdens for veteran supporting organizations, we aggregate donated frequent flyer miles and leverage our network of drivers get veterans to empowerment events. The process of transitioning out of the military is daunting, and we seek to make that process seamless.

By The Numbers
While we have been developing since last year, we launched our minimal viable product via our website on March 20, 2018. Since then we have raised 127,830 miles, sponsored 3 veteran empowering events, and partnered with 8 nonprofits. We started as an idea, but today we are making real change. Today, over 45,000 veteran supporting organizations are registered with the IRS, but 64% of them fail to make a single contribution due to the daunting overhead costs.

Courtesy US Department of Defense/ EJ Hersom

Courtesy US Department of Defense/ EJ Hersom

Who Are Our Veterans?
We sponsored veterans of various backgrounds with different needs. The first veteran was Chris McGinnis, an Army veteran competing at the Warrior Games this year. After he suffered from a lower body injury in Afghanistan, the Warrior Games have provided an opportunity for him to compete again, giving him “an even bigger sense of mental strength [to be] more resilient than [he] was before.” We are ecstatic to support SGT McGinnis as he competes to challenge himself and set the standard for all wounded veterans.


Since our launch, we have worked hard to spread the mission of The Extra Mile Foundation, from social media to pitching at competitions. On March 13, we competed at the Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition, and secured first place. We received a $1,000 prize, which went straight to funding veterans. We are heading to the New York State competition on April 27th in an attempt to reach more individuals and create partnerships. Our goal for the next five months is to raise awareness, support more veterans, and partner with veteran centric corporations.

Thank you very much for following our path to success. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time if you would like to support the cause or recommend an organization that could use our help.

Andrew Lee
Founder and Executive Director

Raphael Ko

We would like to thank Raphael "Raph" Ko for his generous mile donation and for sharing his career transition story. Raph is an IT support specialist working for NASA on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) science center, but prior to this job, he served in the Marine Corps for seven years as a landing support specialist.

After separating from the military, he initially sought to get a job that directly tied to his training as a logistician in the Marine Corps; however, he soon realized that employers highly valued his work ethic and character developed during his time of service rather than just his technical skills. This gave him the confidence to pursue a unique career he is passionate about.

His advice for veterans transitioning into the civilian sector is to remain humble and not be afraid to ask for help. He attributes his success to the character built within the Marine Corps.

Thanks Raphael for your donation, and Sempi Fi!