Diaz started Tin Hut BBQ on a part-time basis in 2012 with a simple MKT-style trailer and recipes he had developed with the expert advice from competitive barbecue chefs like Myron Mixon and "Fast Eddy" Maurin and David Bouska.
Diaz cast a wide net from the start, and has continued that approach as he grows: from the Small Business Administration's Boots to Business program, to Defense Department supports for service-disabled veterans (like Diaz), to digital training with Facebook.
The transition from military service can be scary, says Payton Iheme, herself a veteran and now US Public Policy manager at Facebook.
Of Diaz's 24 employees, four were veterans that were able to transition from homelessness to new opportunities through working at Tin Hut. When Desiree Cortez got out of the Navy, she suffered from PTSD, and became unemployed and homeless.
Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday night revived a conspiracy theory that a "deep state" of partisan officials is trying to destroy President Donald Trump's administration, and said government officials should follow the president's orders or leave.
When asked about the Trump administration and its policies, Mulvaney veered into an attack on the "deep state," said Andrew Muir, a student and journalist who was at the talk.
According to The Washington Post, which obtained an audio of the event, Mulvaney said that when he worked as chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before being appointed to his current White House role, all but ten of his 1,700 employees had voted for Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival in 2016.
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump offered to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he said that Russia had nothing to do with WikiLeaks’ publication of Democratic Party emails in 2016, a London court heard on Wednesday.
Assange appeared by videolink from prison as lawyers discussed the management of his hearing next week to decide whether he should be extradited to the United States.
At Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Assange’s barrister, Edward Fitzgerald, referred to a witness statement by former U.S. Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher who had visited Assange in 2017, saying that he had been sent by the president to offer a pardon.
Almost a decade after his WikiLeaks website enraged Washington by leaking secret U.S. documents, Woolwich Crown Court in London will begin hearings on Monday - with Assange present in person - to decide whether he should be sent to the United States.