Georgetown bakery opens with aim of helping veterans

The bakery is only a few blocks from Georgetown University where the wounded veterans in the program take business classes. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
One of the highlights inside the restaurant is the dog tag chandelier which is made up of 3,456 dog tags dedicated to the memory of fallen service members. Patrons can add to the chandelier for a monetary donation. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
More than 100 veterans, neighbors and supporters of Dog Tag Inc., were on hand for the grand opening on Saturday, December 6. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
The location on Grace Street in Georgetown allows the veteran fellows in the program the convenience of traveling from the nearby Georgetown University campus to put in their 15 hours a week at the bakery. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
The bakery offers patrons baked goods, soups, sandwiches and beverages. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON- On an overcast Washington morning in December, a warm cup of coffee
and a scone or a steaming bowl of soup isn’t a hard sell. But hearing their
will help veterans pursue their dreams of higher education is something many
neighbors seem eager to get behind.

The patriotic-themed Dog Tag Bakery on
Georgetown’s Grace Street is part of a
larger program that assists wounded veterans earning their business degree at
nearby university.

“Everything we earn when we start to earn money will be plowed back into the
program and it’s also a laboratory for the students who are going through the
program at Georgetown to actually utilize the skills they’re learning,” says Dog
Tag Inc. board chair Phil Cassidy.

Working 15 hours a week in every part of the business, the veteran fellows learn
sales, book keeping and the online management of the business.

The fellows’ tuition is made possible through Dog Tag Inc. Every veteran
participating in the program was enlisted in the military and was wounded during
service, Cassidy says.

“It’s so important for our wounded warriors to not be defined by their
disabilities, says co-founder Father Rick Curry, SJ.

“Our program … is designed to help veterans with disabilities and their spouses
find the confidence to start a new chapter in the civilian workforce,” Curry

The inaugural class of Dog Tag fellows were chosen in the spring of 2014. Seven
of the class’ 10 original members graduated from Georgetown University’s School
of Continuing Studies on Nov. 19 with degrees in business administration.

The bakery is open Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and
weekends from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.

See the interior of the bakery:

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