Military vets trade war for wine

(Valor Winery Facebook photo)

(Valor Winery Facebook photo)

Jessica Murphy, Senior Washington Correspondent

, Last Updated: 1:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON - When Josh Laine left the marines, he bought a vineyard.

The Fallujah vet knew nothing about wine - or growing grapes, for that matter - but a friend had a few acres in California and he thought he could make a go of it.

And so a small part of California's wine country is home to Valor Winery - a vineyard unique in that all the staff, like Laine, are veterans, and all the profits go to causes that help former soldiers.

The grape field is their office and "where we find our therapy," he says.

Laine's core team now includes two other veterans, co-owner Fara Barnes and lead sales representative Frank Cassara.

When the winery was founded in 2011, Laine couldn't afford more employees but took on former soldiers as volunteers.

It now employs some 50 vets, ranging from soldiers who served in the Korean War to some involved in the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, all hired on as independent contractors in roles throughout the company.


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