BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — An Afghanistan war veteran who was injured in a helicopter crash will receive a grant to expand his small business.
Fred Pollino will get $40,000 for his escalator cleaning business under a grant from Pathway to Business Success. A ceremony was held in Boca Tuesday to launch the organization's efforts to recruit qualified Florida veterans who need help with their small businesses. Recipients must be veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. They don't have to repay the money.
Pollino was a Chinook helicopter pilot and among the first to be deployed after September 11. He suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and was medically discharged in 2003.
The 39-year-old says the grant will allow him to hire more employees. Pollino's business deep cleans escalators at airports, malls and government buildings.