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Kayrank Launches New Website

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

It’s been years since we last mentioned Kayrank, a small Veteran owned business which offers their Helmet Rank System.

It consists of polymer plates, sized to fit a helmet NVG mount, which are engraved with military rank insignia. This subdued device can be worn placed in the mount during the day and removed and stored when NODs are worn.

When we first mentioned the Kayrank Helmet Rank System, readers had some interesting comments. They couldn’t fathom displaying rank on the helmet even though we did it for decades.

However, despite numerous negative comments here on SSD, they’ve managed to stay in business, and thrive. In fact, they recently updated their website.

Kayrank offers plates for US Army enlisted and officer ranks, SPC through BG (minus SGM). They’ve also introduced warrant officer ranks.

US Army Veteran Launches VOSB and HUBZone Certified Agency, Serrano Media Group

Monday, May 1st, 2017

CHICAGO, Ill. – May 1, 2017 – Jonathan Serrano, an entrepreneur with more than 10 years of experience in business, operations, and project management, has launched Serrano Media Group, a multi-faceted communications company providing public relations, video and film production, and event staging and staffing. Serrano is also a U.S. Army veteran and a decorated paratrooper.

Serrano Media Group, headquartered in Chicago, with an operations office in Miami and a satellite office in Orlando, FL brings together a team of leading experts in the communications, video production, event staging and multimedia staffing fields to provide top-tier integrated marketing and media program management services to government agencies. The company offers full-service strategic communications through its diverse leadership team, all of whom have more than 20 years of experience in their respective fields, with both the federal government and corporate clients.

“This company is a culmination of the hard work and dedication of many experts in various industries,” said Jonathan Serrano, president and CEO of Serrano Media Group. “On behalf of my team, we are proud to extend our services nationally and offer our clients everything they need under one roof.”

Serrano Media Group is HUBZone certified, as well as Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs

The firm’s mission is to help federal agencies and private clients reach their communications objectives with sophisticated and targeted programs. With its professional and culturally diverse background, Serrano Media Group is also committed to serving clients who want to optimize their presence in the U.S. Hispanic market.

Leading the marketing operations of Serrano Media Group is VP-Government Services Rafael Marrero.

About Serrano Media Group:
Serrano Corporation d/b/a Serrano Media Group is a privately held full-service strategic communications firm, headquartered in Chicago with offices in Miami and Orlando, providing multi-faceted public relations, communications, video and film production, event staging and multimedia staffing services. The company is both VOSB and HUBZone certified and specializes in servicing federal government and private sector clients.

For additional information on Serrano Media Group, visit

Eagles & Angels Limited – Remembrance Poppy

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Remembrance Poppy honors military personnel who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. In remembrance of their selfless sacrifice and to celebrate Memorial Day, they have a limited amount of quality American made Poppies for sale.

Using the same delicate process since 1916, each Eagles & Angels Limited Poppy is hand-made in a downtown New York City factory. They are dedicated to making things here in America and they hope you are, too.

Grand ReOpening Railhouse Brewery

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Aberdeen’s Railhouse Brewery is back better than ever.

If you are in the Ft Bragg area, come celebrate the Grand-Reopening of the Veteran Owned Railhouse Brewery this Saturday (15 April). In addition to 15 house beers on tap and food, there will be a home brew demo and live music from 1pm to Midnight.

Help Bill Jarvis’s Family Out

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Bill Jarvis is a friend of mine and many of you as well. Unfortunately, Bill needs our help.

For those of you who don’t know him, Bill Jarvis is also a 23 year Retired Navy SEAL who served his country with honor. Bill just found out he has EML leukemia and is currently undergoing Chemo Treatments at Duke University. Bill has to spend a month at Duke University for his initial Chemo Treatment. His wife Laura has been by his side for the last 2 weeks. With his wife and children livining 4 hours away, the plan is to set up lodging for the family to stay by Bill’s side for this month and the follow up treatments.

This is Bill along with our mutual friend, Ron Bellan at Duke Medical Center. Ron has organized a GoFundMe for Bill.

Mr. Jarvis has been battling health issues for the last couple years with 2 heart atacks, 4 stents put in, and now finding out he has Leukemia. This has not broken his spirit or his family’s spirit. If there is anything we, as his friends, brothers, family can do to support the Jarvis family, it’s to take some of the financial burdon off of him so he can concentrate on living.

The funds will be used for additional Medical Expenses, Mortgage payments, Wife and children’s travel and living expenses to and from Virginia Beach to the hospital, along with additional expenses for their needs. Any additional funding over the amount needed will be donated to Duke University Hospital for further cancer research.

Bill is the main provider for the family. With Bill in the hospital, income for the bills has dropped and the family will be in need of assistence. The goal is to stay ahead of the financial burdon on the Jarvis family during this time of need. You are not only giving to the Jarvis family today, but the families of cancer tomorrow. Bill is adamant about donating any left over funding to the Duke University Cancer center.

Thank you all for your support in this very time of need.

To donate, visit

Fight and Flight Tactical – Ambidextrous Sling Pack

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Fight and Flight Tactical is a Veteran owned small business and this is their Ambidextrous Sling Pack or A.S.P., which is an EDC bag for keeping a carbine close at hand.

The A.S.P. has three compartments, all pass-through, designed to carry an SBR, Pistol variant of a modern sporting rifle (with a folding stock), or an SMG (with a folding stock or no stock) in the main compartment, spare mags in the front compartment, and a body armor panel in the rear compartment. The sling strap can be reconfigured to work left or right handed, just by switching the bottom attachment point. Many have asked, “why a sling pack?” A two-strap backpack wouldn’t be able to deploy quickly and would have one of the straps flapping around, getting in your way. All three compartments have loop fastener inside for infinite configuration possibilities.

There are a wide variety of color combinations. Check the website for availability.

Ft Bragg Warfighter Expo – Speedbox

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

I’ve mentioned Speedbox in the past and I was glad to see them at Ft Bragg. Not only is the inventor a fellow 3rd Group Veteran, but this is exactly the kind of thing that units on Ft Bragg can use to improve mobility. Speedbox is designed specifically to be stacked on a USAF 463L pallet, taking the puzzle solving out of a building a pallet. It’s waterproof, durable, lockable, stackable, and wheeled, making it easier to move a fully loaded Speedbox around.

Here’s a reminder of what Speedbox brings to the table:

This has always been an issue with plastic containers. Speedbox solved this by implementing advanced engineering in the geometrical design of the container, using structural foam on the interior surfaces, and devoting an ample amount of raw compound in each 50 lbs unit. This is the most durable container on the market.

A typical fully-loaded container ready for deployment can easily weigh 250 lbs. requiring a four-man carry. Speedbox addressed this issue by incorporating two simple machines, the lever and the wheel. The lever on the Speedbox is the retracting handle made from two ¾ inch aluminum rods. These rods are attached to a 2 lb. aluminum locking block which is secured by angle iron that reinforces the stress points. The wheels are 10 inch off-road, heavy-duty, no-flat tires. They will never go flat because there’s no air in them. The combination of the lever and the wheel make it easy for a single person to quickly move heavy loads across uneven surfaces (like landing zones at FOBs).

Most military oriented cases are not ideal for stacking given their smooth sides or irregular shapes. Unlike these traditional cases, Speedboxes fit together like Legos. The feet and wheels nest into each lid below. The side walls nest with adjacent Speedboxes, and the fronts and back interlock through the use of a built-in tether. When Speedbox is used as a system, it creates the most stable, easily loaded and transportable pallet solution to date.

Speedbox is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business proudly manufactured in the USA.

463-L SpeedBox Load-out Video on Vimeo.

More information can be found at

Project Sanctuary Launches “Walton’s Warriors” Peer Mentoring Program

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Unique, 10-month mentorship program aims to empower military veterans by focusing on recovery, resilience and suicide prevention training

Granby, CO (February 21, 2017) – Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based nonprofit providing therapeutic retreats for military families, has launched a new peer-to-peer mentoring program aimed at improving recovery and resilience, and, ultimately, reducing suicides among veterans. Veterans make up less than nine percent of the U.S. population, yet account for 18 percent of all suicides in America, according to new data from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Walton’s Warriors is a 10-month training program designed to equip veterans with the skills they need to provide support to fellow veterans struggling with such issues as PTSD and reintegration into civilian life.

The program was inspired by Brian Walton, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who had attended a Project Sanctuary retreat with his family, but unfortunately, succumbed to his PTSD in March 2016. Many of Project Sanctuary’s veterans reached out to offer help after Brian’s suicide, which prompted founder and CEO Heather Ehle to search for programs that could better train them on how to provide support. Walton’s Warriors was born after her search failed to yield any comprehensive, clinically-based options.

“When Bonnie Walton reached out to me in March 2016, and asked how she would tell her three sons that Brian wasn’t coming home, I knew that whatever it took, Project Sanctuary had to do more to prevent the unbearable pain that this family was experiencing,” said Ehle. “Our veterans want to stop the suicide epidemic – they simply need the tools and the ongoing support to be able to help themselves while they help others.”

Walton’s Warriors includes both in-person and online training delivered by licensed professionals and veteran coaches, following a structured, evidence-based curriculum. Participants will learn about therapeutic communication, red flags to watch out for and the importance of confidentiality and setting boundaries. They’ll also receive training on critical self-care skills.

“They can’t be effective mentors unless they take care of themselves,” noted Ehle, who expects many of the participants to return as coaches for the program in subsequent years.

The program kicks off with 21 veterans from ten different states at a retreat February 23-26, near Santa Cruz, Calif. Those Walton’s Warriors will then correspond weekly with coaches and facilitators, and will also be invited to participate in monthly educational opportunities. A second retreat is planned for May 3-6 in Grand Lake, Colo., with participants slated to graduate from the program in November.

Walton’s Warriors is sponsored by the Infinite Hero Foundation. Thanks to the Foundation’s support, 25 veterans will receive training through the initial program.

“At Infinite Hero, we believe that mental and physical rehabilitation for our veterans can and must be better. Our heroes deserve it, and we will deliver it. Infinite Hero looks for the impossible challenges and drives through to find solutions. We define the problems veterans are facing, empower collaboration across sectors and inject targeted investments into innovations that have the power to revolutionize the way we treat the injuries of war,” said Colin Baden, founder and board president of the Infinite Hero Foundation

Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering retreats nationwide. In 2017, the organization will offer 27 retreats to serve military families and will also continue outreach to the 1,800 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention. Project Sanctuary uses the A.R.T. model – Assess (pre-retreat support services), Reconnect (six-day therapeutic retreat for the whole family), and Thrive (two years of follow-up services). The program is unique in its treatment of the family as a unit while also working with each family member individually to assess their needs. The overall goal is easing the reconnection of families previously distanced as a result of deployment and military service, including resultant injuries.