Enabled Enterprises provides business opportunities for veterans

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By Rick Carroll

Christmas Eve 2004, part-time Snowmass Village resident Larry Spatz was enjoying another ski vacation with his family. But what normally was a relaxing time for Spatz turned into an epiphany of sorts.

His attention that night was trained on a television program about children who had lost their parents in military combat.

“And of course, it was heartbreaking,” Spatz recalled.

Spatz could have gone to bed and slept on it. He didn’t. Instead, the Chicago businessman began to etch down his vision for the Children of Heroes Foundation, which would create T-shirts, hats and other patriotic-themed items. Proceeds from their sales would benefit families of military men and women killed in action.

That was just the beginning of a mission for Spatz that includes the creation of a new business venture, Enabled Enterprises.

Spatz, who was drafted in 1966 but didn’t serve because he was injured, said he has kept a soft spot for veterans. He remembers when servicemen returned to the States from Vietnam, only to be spat on by protesters of the war.

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