Initial Efforts 2020-2021
NV3 started operations in 2019, initially focusing on obtaining land for our village concept, but when COVID hit, we quickly realized that the timing was not right and that NV3 needed to establish resilience and vocational programs and begin serving veterans instead of focusing on property development.
During COVID in 2020 and 2021, Kristen embarked on obtaining certifications for grief and resilience training, including conducting several events and activities online, so that when the village was established, she would be able to engage veterans in the program.
Stewart moved to Lake City, Florida, where he created an instructional vocational program to assemble Rotorway helicopters. In this two-year period, he built the first helicopter in the world specifically designed for a paraplegic to fly. Using his engineering knowledge, he also built two other helicopters, one for a paraplegic veteran in Ohio.
EAA AirVenture AirVenture Oshkosh 2022
Whoever said that “getting there is half the battle”
never spoke truer words. A flat tire on the trailer delayed our travel, but with a little help from friends at S&M Repair and Towing, and ColoradoLand Tire and Service, we were able to get back on the road and arrive at Oshkosh safely with the helicopter in tow.
Unfortunately, after we arrived, a microburst tore the canopy from the RV and totaled it.
Yet, great trials and perseverance produce great rewards and the media exposure NV3 received from the show totaled over four and a half million people becoming more aware of the plight of veterans.
HAI HELI EXPO Atlanta 2023
In March 2023, NV3 was provided a booth at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) HELI EXPO in Atlanta, GA, where many more people were exposed to the vocational aviation program for disabled veterans