I am so pleased to have received a VERA (Volunteer Excellence Recognition Award) from BPEACE. "We annually search amongst our hard working member/volunteers to identify those, among so many, who deserve a particular call-out and recognition..." I won the "Purple Heart VERA", for helping to support a gentleman in Afghanistan who wants to start a cleaning business. I "bravely delivered detailed technical advice... and urged him to stretch to meet his goals of starting a commercial cleaning business." Unfortunately, he ultimately dropped out of the program. "And that has to hurt." Yeah, it did a little, but I just turned my energies to helping the other BPEACE advocates with their entrepreneurs and doing some other volunteering with BPEACE -- all of it online. Helping Afghanistan remains a priority in my life.