Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

Black Rifle Coffee Company Opens Tennessee Roasting Facility

Friday, August 24th, 2018

For Immediate Release – SAN ANTONIO – Veteran-owned and operated Black Rifle Coffee Company is proud to announce the opening of its Manchester, Tennessee, roasting facility as part of the company’s $6 million investment in that state. Combined with their Utah facility, the Tennessee plant will ensure that consumers all over America receive the freshest coffee available, roasted to order and delivered right to their door.

“As our company grows, so does our need to be close to our customers,” said Evan Hafer, the CEO and founder of Black Rifle Coffee Company. “Opening the roasting facility in Tennessee gives us the ability to deliver the highest-quality product to the entire eastern half of the United States in the most cost-efficient and timely manner possible.”

The Manchester facility is expected to create 52 jobs over the next five years, and since Black Rifle Coffee Company is committed to hiring 10,000 veterans as the business expands, qualified veterans living in Tennessee will have first consideration for any open positions. As a further commitment to former service members, the company will give preference to veteran-owned businesses as they bring on new vendors and suppliers.

“Our commitment to veterans is one of the cornerstones this company was built on,” said Mat Best, the vice president of Black Rifle Coffee Company. “Whether it’s supporting veteran and first responder causes, funding the Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program, or giving veterans and veteran-owned companies priority in our hiring process and vendor programs, our company will always stand with those who protect our country and the communities we live in.”

Black Rifle Coffee Company is hosting a grand opening event on August 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at the new facility located at 621 Park Tower Road in Manchester. This event is open to the public and will include a ribbon cutting with words from Evan Hafer, Mat Best, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe; a tour, food, entertainment, and lots of fresh-roasted coffee will follow!

President George W Bush Takes On New Role As The Global War On Terror Memorial Foundation’s Honorary Chairman

Monday, August 20th, 2018

The non-profit foundation welcomes new board members, staff, advisors, ambassadors and architectural partner with expertise in government, defense, investment, foundation, retail industries as well as building and plans.

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 13, 2018 – The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., today announced new board of directors, staff, advisory board members, ambassadors and architectural partner, including naming former President George W. Bush as its Honorary Chairman.

“I’m honored to join my friend, President and CEO Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, and the Members of the Board as Honorary Chairman of the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation,” said President George W. Bush. “The highest honor of the presidency was serving as Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces. And my most solemn duty was to support them and honor them. Laura and I are pleased that this memorial on the National Mall will help Americans remember the brave men and women who selflessly served our nation in the name of freedom.”

Since leaving office, President Bush has championed efforts to support GWOT veterans and their families through the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. They work to help post-9/11 veterans and their families make successful transitions to civilian life, specifically by addressing the challenges of employment and overcoming the invisible wounds of war. Core programs of the Military Service Initiative include a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called the Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap and the Warrior Wellness Alliance, which connects peer-to-peer veteran networks with best-in-class health care providers. Annual Team 43 sporting events, such as the Bush Institute Warrior Open golf tournament and W100K mountain bike ride, draw attention to the strength, sacrifice and resilience of post-9/11 warriors and their families.

“We’re humbled and honored to welcome President Bush to the Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation,” said Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, CEO of the GWOT Memorial Foundation. “Having served under President Bush when I wore the uniform and then working on his Military Service Initiative Advisory Council after my time on active duty, I’ve witnessed firsthand the dedication, compassion and true servant leadership the former President displays at all times. I am blessed to welcome him to the GWOT Memorial Foundation team not only as our Honorary Chairman but as a friend.”

“Our new Board Members, Staff, Advisors and Ambassadors bring a wealth of experience and expertise as well as share in the President’s passion and commitment to build a national memorial that honors GWOT veterans, their families and the American people. We’re confident that their leadership and experience will strengthen the organization and inspire others to support our sacred duty to build a national memorial on America’s front yard as our GWOT Memorial Foundation team continues to grow,” continued Rod.

Over the months ahead, the GWOT Memorial Foundation is focused on advocating for land within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To prepare for this next step toward successful accomplishment of the mission, the organization is welcoming several new board of directors, advisory board members and ambassadors as the organization continues its growth. The full list of new members is as follows:

The GWOT Memorial Foundation welcomes the following new members:

New Board of Director Members:

• Kenneth A. Hersh, President and Chief Executive Officer, George W. Bush Presidential Center

• Joseph M. DePinto, President and Chief Executive Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.

• Colonel Michael Lacey, USA, Retired. GWOT Veteran, Special Counsel to the U.S. Army General Counsel and Blue Star Father

New Director of Operations:

• Kelly L. Rodriguez, USA, Retired. GWOT Veteran, Blue Star Mother

New Board of Advisor Members:

• General Peter Pace, USMC, Retired. 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

• The Honorable Martha E. Newton, Founder, Heath Strategies

• Command Sergeant Major Isaia Vimoto, USA, Retired. GWOT Veteran, Gold Star and Blue Star Father

• Colonel Miguel Howe, USA, Retired. GWOT Veteran, April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute

• John “JJ” Pinter, GWOT Veteran, Executive Director of Team RWB

• James Fisher, Executive Director of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Foundation

• Kevin Sullivan, Founder of Kevin Sullivan Communications, Inc. and Sr. Advisor, External Affairs at George W. Bush Presidential Center

New Ambassadors:

• Flo Groberg, Captain, Retired. GWOT Veteran, Medal of Honor Recipient

• Jane Horton, Gold Star Spouse, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

• Maggie Duskin, Gold Star Spouse and Blue Star Mother, Duskin Stephens Executive Board

• Bryon Vincent, USA, Retired. GWOT Veteran, Blue Star Spouse

• Brendan Dignan, GWOT Veteran and attorney with Baker Botts LLP, counsel to the foundation

Architectural Partner:

• Winstanley Architects and Planners

To learn more about the GWOT Memorial Foundation or to donate, visit or follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

(photo credit Grant Miller Photography)

Attention Military Retirees – The Dental Program Is Changing

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

If you’re a military retiree like me, you’ve been using the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program through Delta Dental, but that’s going away at the end of this year.

Instead, we’ll be eligible to enroll in the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). In addition to dental insurance we can also get vision coverage which is a welcome addition for me as I started wearing glasses a few years ago.

New coverage will begin 1 January, 2019, but you will not be automatically enrolled in a FEDVIP plan for 2019. It is imperative you enroll during the Federal Benefits Open Season, which is November 12–December 10, 2018.

Visit for more information.

The Multi Use Block

Monday, July 30th, 2018

It would seem that Outdoor Retailer is the last place I’d learn about a new optics mount. But when you realize it’s now held in Denver, which is just up the road from Fort Carson and it’s tenant, the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), it makes complete sense.

During a reception one evening, a couple of ADS employees told me about a new optics mount called the Multi Use Block. It is manufactured by a company founded by a team of Veteran and Active Duty Soldiers called appropriately enough, The MUB, LLC.

The device itself is multifaceted. First off, both Manfrotto and Arca Swiss attachments are machined into the base, to accommodate the direct attachment for either style of tripod.

Next, you’ll notice a large cavity down the middle of the MUB which facilitates bore sighting. Additionally, either the LaRue spotter Kit or Badger Ordnance SLICK mount will attach directly to the top of the MUB via a Picatinny mount. You’ll also notice a level built into the rear of the base.

What’s more, the MUB will work with a Hog Saddle or RRS Vyce-style gun clamp. The MUB was built tall enough to still work inside a Hog Saddle without the throw levers being hindered by the height of the walls on the Saddle.

PRS competitors have also used the MUB attached to the bottom of their rifle chassis handguard to gain additional purchase on various obstacles.

The MUB may be used with an accessory rail called the Wing which mounts in a perpendicular orientation, offering space for additional target acquisition systems.

MUB is also designed to be a completely tool-less device. The Picatinny rail locking bar can be adjusted without tools and the Wing has 2 x 1/4-20 thumb screws for a tool-less attachment of any sort.

The MUB weighs 14.4 oz with the Wing mounted. Made from 6061 Aluminum, the Wing itself weighs just 5 oz.

Finally, MUB is Made in America of 6061 die cast Aluminum, anodized in Gun Metal Black.

Get yours at

Agilite Gear – Veteran T-shirt

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Israel’s Agilite Gear is Veteran owned company who feels it’s important to support the Veteran community. Aside from employing Veterans whenever they can, they’ve have created a PT inspired Limited Edition Veteran shirt.  For every shirt sold, Agilite will donate $10 to the Heroes to Heroes Foundation for at risk veterans.

The Heroes to Heroes Foundation is a non-denominational 501(c)(3) organization which brings American and Israeli Veterans together and provides a spiritual healing, suicide prevention, and peer support program for veterans who suffer from Moral Injury and PTSD.)

Get the Veteran shirt here for $27.49 for yourself or gift a veteran and Agilite will donate $10 for every shirt sold.

Free Continental US shipping and $10 Flat rate for Europe on all orders over $49. It is available in Coyote Tan, Melange Grey and Navy Blue WHILE STOCKS LAST.

For every shirt sold, Agilite will donate $10 to the Heroes to Heroes foundation for at risk veterans.

Matbock Monday – Strike Force Energy

Monday, June 25th, 2018

As most of you probably know, the Matbock team is also heavily involved in Strike Force Energy.

They are the epitome of the “vetrepreneur” movement. Others talk about it, but they are making it happen. The best vetrepreneurs have a secret ability: they possess the humility to understand that they don’t know everything, and they need to partner with more experienced entrepreneurs to win.

Look at Navy SEAL Sean Matson. He partnered with successful serial entrepreneur Bruce Schlee to create the sugar-free, 160mg caffeine, zero-calorie Strike Force Energy. Their goal is the total disruption of the energy boost beverage market currently crowded by Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, 5-hour Energy, and more. Or, as Bruce says, “as we scale we are either going to be the best or be bought out by the best.”


Recently, Sean was featured on Check it out here.

Battle Board Scout

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

Users were asking for a smaller version of the Battle Board for use with Checklists, Operations & fire support planning, as a land nav aid or just as a way to organize admin supplies. The answer is the Scout.

Protective polycarbonate sleeve for displaying maps and checklists
Mesh pocket for keeping track of loose items
Elastic pen loops
Rite in the Rain Field Book holder
Cargo pocket-sized

500d nylon fabric – tight durable weave that has a great feel
Polycarbonate display sleeve – unbreakable and self-extinguishing polymer
Nylon spacer mesh liner
High quality YKK zippers

Outer dimensions: 6” x 8” x ¾”
Displays 6 km x 9 km on a 1:50,000 map
Fits notebook size: 4” x 7 ¼”
Weight: 6 oz

Offered in Coyote, OD and MultiCam.

Polaris’ Indian Motorcycle Sponsors Fourth Annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Veteran Non-Profit Organization Uses “Motorcycle Therapy” to Rehabilitate & Support Veterans Returning from Combat

LAS VEGAS, NV. & MINNEAPOLIS (June 6, 2018) Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, today announced its support and sponsorship of the fourth annual Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis. The veteran operated non-profit organization uses “motorcycle therapy” to help fellow veterans adjust to post-war life.

Many of the veterans joining the Veterans Charity Ride for the first time are amputees, paraplegics, or suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress and other issues veterans face after leaving the military. These new veterans will pair with veteran mentors who have already been through the Veterans Charity Ride program and receive one-on-one support to help their transition back to civilian life.

“We built a program specifically designed to assist wounded and amputee combat veterans with their needs and the issues they deal with on a daily basis. We give them the tools and a support structure to help get their life back on track following their tour of duty and life overseas,” said Dave Frey, Veterans Charity Ride Founder. “Many of our veterans used to ride motorcycles before their injuries and thought they never would ride again. Through support from companies like Indian Motorcycle and Champion Sidecar, we are able to get these vets back on bikes and enjoy the freedom of the open road.”

The Veterans Charity Ride will depart from Las Vegas on July 28 and travel through the most scenic roads of the western United States on Indian motorcycles. The eight-day ride to Sturgis will include a multi-day stop in Moab, Utah; where the participating veterans will experience the camaraderie of the group through off-road adventures and outdoor activities. The motorcycle ride will continue through Colorado, visiting Eagle and Fort Collins, and make its way through the Black Hills in South Dakota. On August 4, members of the Veterans Charity Ride will experience a “Hero’s Welcome” upon their arrival to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The journey not only delivers the freedom of the open road and cathartic experience only a motorcycle can deliver, but allows the veterans to bond by sharing stories and engage in peer-to-peer discussions.

“Veterans Charity Ride is a life-changing program for those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director – Marketing and Product Planning for Indian Motorcycle. “Supporting the U.S. military has always been core to our brand DNA, and it’s an honor to give back by supporting a noble cause.”

The Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis was conceived and developed by veteran Army Paratrooper Dave Frey and Emmy Award-winning producer and director Robert Manciero of Full Vision Productions, leveraging the therapeutic effects of motorcycle riding to create an adventure of a lifetime for wounded veterans.

Primary sponsors of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis include Indian Motorcycle and Monster Energy Drink, with additional sponsorship and support provided by Champion Trikes & Sidecars, Cycle Gear, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Wrangler Jeans and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

To support the Veterans Charity Ride, donate, or to learn more visit and Riders can also follow along on Indian Motorcycle’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and Veterans Charity Ride’s social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.