Vetted International Celebrates Their Fifth Anniversary

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Vetted International celebrates their five year anniversary on May 5th, 2010.

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Before (Vetted) attended to my file, I almost died of infections. This company came to South Africa and negotiated with all of my medical suppliers...Vetted was the best thing that could have happened to the South African Contractors.

Vetted International, Ltd. (http://www.vetted-intl.com) turns five years old today and celebrates their milestone with a reflection on their history and the journey ahead.

As a former US Marine and City of Raleigh Police Officer, Vetted CEO Brian Sjostedt has worked a lifetime of public service and never anticipated celebrating a five year anniversary as a private company’s chief executive. Sjostedt founded Vetted International in May 2005 after spending 14 months in Iraq temporarily assigned from his Police Department to assist with reconstruction efforts. Sjostedt lived “outside the wire” in Baghdad’s Al Mesbah District, and served with a contracted Defense & Logistics firm as the Security Manager and was later promoted to Deputy Director of Operations. Sjostedt ended his assignments in Iraq as the company Director of Operations. Brigadier General Henry Miller (US Army, Retired) described Sjostedt’s reliability in a letter as “being counted on for thoroughly researched advice and an honest appraisal whenever asked...I trust his leadership and decision making abilities in difficult situations.”

While in Iraq, Sjostedt was exposed to extraordinary courage by the local Iraqi personnel assigned to his protection details. “I was always amazed at the level of sacrifice they were willing to make for us at minimal wages,” stated Sjostedt. The employees he was referring to had diverse and useful backgrounds. “Their previous experiences included officers in Saddam Hussein’s former Republican Guard and former US Agency operatives that lost their jobs after the initial occupation was successful.”

Operations in Iraq resulted in catastrophic casualties and fatalities in Sjostedt’s company. Before departing Iraq, Sjostedt started Vetted International to provide additional income to the employees he regarded as his protectors during his stay. Sjostedt learned of a law called the Defense Base Act in which compensation benefits were statutorily due in cases that the contractors were injured or killed while supporting the United States mission. “I never saw those benefits paid when I was there, so Vetted’s employees were trained to investigate facts surrounding incidents.” Insurance companies and injured contractors that had an interest in those facts quickly became the beneficiaries of Vetted’s investigations.

Vetted further identified a lack of sufficient medical care for Iraqis working to support the US mission and quickly assembled a team of doctors and coordinators to provide services according to United States standards of care. Multiple lives were saved as a result. Vetted has specialized in catastrophic injury medical management, impairment assessment, prosthetics procurement, patient training, emergency evacuations and remains repatriation.

Vetted’s services were not only limited to local Iraqis. Other patients covered under the Defense Base Act came from numerous countries such as Fiji, Nepal, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, Peru and Chile. Vetted would continue to manage the medical care of those patients after they were evacuated home. In an open letter, a contractor in South Africa describes his care with Vetted; “Before (Vetted) attended to my file, I almost died of infections. This company came to South Africa and negotiated with all of my medical suppliers. Most of all they settled my debts…Vetted appointed a medical professional to take care of my day to day needs. They further looked at how they were going to get my life back to normal as possible….Vetted was the best thing that could have happened to the South African Contractors.”

While services initially started with decisive reactions to incidents, Vetted is now focusing on prevention. “We want to mitigate risk more so than respond to it, so we are encouraging our clients to participate in pre-deployment loss prevention programs that include baseline dental, medical, psychological screening, background checks, and cultural and regional training,” stated Sjostedt.

In the past five years, Vetted International has completed assignments in 54 countries.

Vetted International is a corporate and government solution based company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Vetted utilizes a global network of integrity driven local national professionals to minimize risk and implement responsive action plans in various permissive and non-permissive environments. Foreign and domestic insurance companies, financial institutions, government departments and ministries, government agencies and contractors and healthcare organizations have relied on Vetted's unique capabilities.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Nicholson
One Renaissance Center
3301 Benson Drive, Suite 545
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
919-518-9200

Media Contact:

Vetted International, Ltd.
Mark Pauley
919-518-9200

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