For all the challenges, Parent finds hope and purpose within the Center for Veterans and Their Families program. He says that military veterans often already possess skills to succeed in business, they just need a little extra help translating those skills into the civilian world.
"Military and ex-military families have character, loyalty and dedication. They are hard-working, committed, and dedicated all they need are some additional skills and training," he says. "Helping this population through the Center is my 'happy place.' My purpose is to get the word out and get exposure, so that soon what we've started will take hold at other hospitals and other centers start to think about this," he says.