Paying it forward: Pros help veterans launch successful start-ups

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Raymond Collazo says starting a business is like war. He’d know — he’s been in both.

He deployed to Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in March 2012. His platoon was assigned to work with engineers in clearing roads of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). When he returned to civilian life, he decided to make a film of his war experiences.

“My cousin and I wrote a screenplay,” Collazo said. “If it wasn’t for the military, I would’ve never been inspired to write it. … The protagonist is a veteran returning from combat and entering a civilian life.”

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