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Colonial Flag Company

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Yesterday, I took my sons to Colonial Shooting Academy Virginia Beach. While there, I noticed a display for a local, Veteran owned business named Colonial Flag Company.

They offer a wide variety of options, including customization.

Eagles and Angels Limited – Leather American Flag Patches

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Eagles and Angels Limited has two lines of laser cut leather, American flag patches. The last time we mentioned them, their website went down so we wanted to remind everyone about this.


Above, you’ll see the Warrior Collection, which uses fabric from the MultiCam family, and below is an example of the Eagle Collection, which uses the fabric donated from a service member.


GCI Outdoor Honors Fallen US Veterans, Donates Wreaths to Wreaths Across America

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

With a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, Wreaths Across America coordinates wreath laying ceremonies at over 1,200 cemeteries worldwide

Higganum, Conn. (Wednesday, December 6) – GCI Outdoor, creators of portable, durable outdoor recreation equipment and furniture, is helping to honor fallen US veterans this holiday season with a generous donation of wreaths to the non-profit organization Wreaths Across America.

Saturday, December 16 is National Wreaths Across America Day where volunteers all over the country will lay wreaths on the graves of lost veterans. Founded in 2007 with a mission to Remember, Honor and Teach, Wreaths Across America will coordinate wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad.

“Supporting our veterans is very important to us so we’re doing this for all that have served and the brave ones who have lost their lives,” said Jeffrey Polke, co-president of GCI Outdoor. “The GCI Outdoor family would like to thank all U.S. veterans for their service and want everyone to know that we honor and respect all they have done to protect our freedoms! Peace be with you!”

With their headquarters in Higganum, CT, GCI’s donation will go to the nearby Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery and will help Wreaths Across America surpass their goal of 9,500 donated wreaths. Volunteers from the city as well as from the GCI Outdoor team will spend the day laying wreaths while remembering and honoring the fallen veterans.

Wreaths Across America started in 1992 when Morrill Worcester, owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, donated excess wreaths for placement at the Arlington National Cemetery. With help from Maine Senator Olympia Snowe, the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C. and volunteers from the local American Legion, VFW Posts, Wreaths Across America now enlists the help of over 60,000 volunteers who lay over 700,000 wreaths each year. You can learn more about their story here.

“We are not here to ‘decorate graves.’ We’re here to remember not their deaths, but their lives,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director of Wreaths Across America.

Anyone can get involved with Wreaths Across America and more information on donation, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found here and on the GCI Outdoor website.

Black Rifle Coffee Company Introduces Instant Coffee

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017


BRCC’s new Instant Sticks allow you to take your favorite coffee anywhere. These pouches of instant coffee are a robust blend of Colombian and Asian coffee with a full body flavor, a touch of acidity, and a smooth finish. Mix with 5-8 oz of hot water and stir for kickass coffee in seconds!

Eagles and Angels Limited – Leather American Flag Patches

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Eagles and Angels Limited has two new lines of laser cut leather, American flag patches.


Above, you’ll see the Warrior Collection, which uses fabric from the MultiCam family, and below is an example of the Eagle Collection, which uses the fabric donated from a service member.


Hearing Loss is a Significant Factor for Many Veterans

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

RESTON, Va., Nov. 9, 2017—Given the fact that more than 37.5 million Americans suffer from some type of hearing loss, a growing number of consumers are having hearing tests and using hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies. While the American Academy of Audiology is helping to educate the public on the importance of good hearing health, the organization also is trying to reach out to veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs Annual Benefits Report for FY2016 indicates there were 1,084,069 veterans receiving disability compensation for hearing loss and 1,610,911 were being compensated for tinnitus (the perception of sound in the ears or head when no external noise is present, frequently is associated with hearing loss).

“When they were service members, many veterans were exposed to loud noises from sources such as aircraft, gunfire, or blasts. Hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by loud sound exposure,” said Jackie Clark, Ph.D., president of the American Academy of Audiology and clinical professor at the UT Dallas School of Brain & Behavior Sciences. “Veterans who were exposed to blasts or who sustained a traumatic brain injury may also have difficulty with processing speech in background noise or in group situations, in addition to difficulty with balance function.”

Auditory processing disorder is a condition where some veterans score normally on hearing tests but have difficulty understanding speech especially when background noise is present. The condition often can be associated with blast exposure. Veterans with traumatic brain injury also may experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems.

The severity of hearing loss sometimes can be reduced, improved, or reversed through surgery or medication. In many cases hearing loss is permanent; however, hearing aids and other hearing assistive technologies can help to improve hearing and communication abilities.

Though in the general population most people with hearing loss could be helped by hearing aids, only about one in five who would benefit from them actually use them.

Tinnitus, another condition that many veterans suffer with, is the number one disability among veterans. People with tinnitus may experience ringing sounds, a buzzing noise, a high-pitched whistle, or numerous other sounds. “Causes and effects vary and there isn’t a cure yet for tinnitus but there are tinnitus management techniques for learning how to manage reactions to tinnitus,” said Dr. Lynn Henselman, Department of Defense Hearing Center of Excellence, a collaboration between DoD and VA that focuses on the prevention, mitigation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of hearing and balance problems in military Service members and their families and veterans. One such approach is Progressive Tinnitus Management, a program developed in VA and used in the VA and DoD,” added Henselman.

“While many veterans suffer with hearing impairment from exposure to loud noises associated with their time in the military, it is important that all veterans have their hearing checked,” Henselman said.

Henselman continued, “For these veterans, they may not only have noise-induced hearing loss from their military service but now age-related hearing loss may impact their ability to hear. Often, those who have lived with a hearing loss for a long time don’t realize the severity and how much benefit they’d receive from hearing aids and other hearing rehabilitation strategies.”

The American Academy of Audiology recommends that everyone see an audiologist to have their hearing checked. The Academy provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website: Click on “Find an Audiologist.”

B.E. Meyers & Co. – Veterans Day 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

B.E. Meyers produced this video to honor those who have served the United States as Veterans of its Armed Forces, and to their employees who served in the following operations:

– Operation Hue City (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Mingo (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Pegasus (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Scotland (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Lam Son (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Commanche Falls (1968, Vietnam)
– Operation Corporate [UK] (1982, Falklands War)
– Operation Desert Shield (1990, Persian Gulf)
– Operation Desert Storm (1991, Persian Gulf)
– Operation Banner [UK] (1981-1996, Northern Ireland)
– Kosovo Force KFOR (1999, Kosovo)
– Operation Silkman [UK] (2000, Sierra Leone)
– Operation Enduring Freedom (2001-2010, Afghanistan)
– The Faylaka Island Attack (2002, Kuwait)
– Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2008, Iraq)
– Operation Iron Hammer (2003, Iraq)
– Operation Phantom Fury (2004, Iraq)

Thanks To All Veterans!

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Thank you to all of our Veterans, like these men who were some of the first African-Americans to serve in the Marine Corps, for standing up to keep us free.


These Montford Point Marines stand for the national anthem during an evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., on June 16, 2017.

Marine Corps photo by LCpl Paul A. Ochoa.