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Eighth Order – For the Lost Souls

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

William Romes and Tom Kerr would like to announce the creation of their company Eighth Order, Inc as well as their initial product campaign. They have both been friends of mine for years. I’ve always admired their service to this great country as well as their creativity.

Eighth Order is a foray into Veteran advocacy by the two with the expressed intent of Veterans helping other Veterans tell their stories. After nearly two decades at war, American Veterans are suffering in staggering numbers, with far too many homeless on the street, self-medicating, and taking their own lives. Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries are far too real and far too prevalent to sit idly by and not do anything.

With stacks of uniforms in our closets and an idea in our minds eye, we’ve set to doing something…anything…that can help other American Veterans.

As I stare at the stacks of utility uniforms in my closet, I remember thinking, “It’s going to be a shame to throw these out. There’s a lot of money spent, and hard work put into those.” Then I thought… “…and a lot of memories too…” With that I thought there had to be a way to re-purpose those uniforms. I remembered seeing the Eagles and Angles products posted on SSD and I thought I may be able to do something similar, but unlike what they’re working on. I thought those guys were doing awesome things and didn’t just want to “me too” something. However, their message is strong, and it resonated with me. Veterans telling their stories is a powerful thing, and not just for people to hear and celebrate, but also because talking about things helps them heal, even if just for a moment. With that in mind, I called the first person I could think of who would tell me to “knock it off, you’re an idiot”. To my surprise, Tom told me to do it, do something, do something about it…and that he wanted to be involved.

We have been working through the back end of this business since January and it is time to get moving. The product offerings will be a range of casual oxford style shirts with the inside of the cuffs, button line, and inside of the collar fitted with pieces of the donated utility uniforms. The uniforms are donated by American Veterans, along with as much or as little of their story they care to share. Those uniforms and stories will travel together to our factory in California. When a product ships, they will go with a card that discusses where that uniform has been and the things it’s seen. The goal, once this initiative gets off the ground is that a percentage of each sale will go to a Veteran non-profit organization focused on PTSD/TBI treatment and rehabilitation programs. With regards to transparency, I have spoken with a number of these types of organizations and to a company have told me to hold on that portion first off. They tell me that I should make sure the business is moving properly before committing funds to their organizations. One gentleman told me that nobody gets help if your company fails because it can’t pay its bills…ease into it.

Our initial offering is being launched on Kickstarter, with possibly a second product on that platform, to get things moving and funded. We anticipate offering several casual oxford style shirts as we walk this path, as well as a couple variations of blazers.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/eighthorder/eighth-order-cotton-oxford-shirts-from-american-veterans 

 

 

Our initial samplings are based on standard S-XXL shirt sizing. These shirts are made with 100% American cotton, meant to be worn untucked or tucked in and/or with a tie. When we roll out our blazers, they will be simple construction casual wear 4 way stretch Tweave or a similar textile. These products will be made exclusively of American textiles, in America, by Americans employed by American companies.

Thank you for taking the time to understand and we look forward to your support.

By: William Romes

Rocky Proud To Partner With National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Rocky Boots, an industry leader in military footwear manufacturing for more than 80 years, is proud to partner with the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio. Monetary support from community partners like Rocky enables the museum to recognize the experiences of veterans, sharing stories that honor, connect, inspire and educate countless people each year.

“We recently took a company outing to the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and our entire organization felt strongly that the museum was a cause we should support,” said Mark Dean, VP of Rocky’s commercial military division. “Rocky Boots has always worked closely with the military and individuals serving, so as a local company, it makes perfect sense for us to support the museum and the stories of our veterans.”

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum opened to the public in October 2018 featuring more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits, memorials, meeting space and classrooms. The museum’s mission is to carefully preserve not only the names, dates, and battles but the intimate memories, personal belongings and painful losses of our nation’s veterans.

Rocky Boots began supplying footwear for the military servicemen during World War II and produced more than one million pairs of boots during that conflict and the Korean War. Popular styles among servicemen and women today include the Rocky S2V and the new lightweight C4R boots. For more information on Rocky military footwear, visit www.rockyboots.com.

Support Torn Warriors

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

TORN Warriors is a nonprofit for Disabled Veterans that helps empower them through off-road driving/racing (SxS, Motorcycles, and Trucks) and shooting events. Torn Warriors Foundation is launching its first Summer Fundraiser this month with the intent to get include some Vets and raise funds for their inaugural race in August.

Their inaugural fundraiser kicks off July 27th with a two-day shooting and riding event for disabled veterans and wounded service members at the TORN Facility in northeast Nevada. This event is provided at NO COST to those wounded in defense of our country. 

On the evening of July 27, they are holding a raffle to offset the costs associated with the above events. They have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our military-community businesses and disabled veterans who have donated items for raffle. Each $100 donation provides a chance to win prizes such as firearms, knives, and veteran-made items.

They appreciate your generosity in their efforts to provide disabled veterans and wounded service members a sense of normalcy and pride participating and enjoying sports and events previously unavailable to them due to injury. 

This year, they are hoping to raise $30,000 to cover the costs of the event as well as their first professional race–Best In The Desert’s Vegas to Reno Aug 16-18. The driver will be Curt Caruso, a 25-year veteran of the USMC; the navigator will be double-amputee Clint Trial. 

Clint Trial is a Recon Marine who lost both of his legs while running combat operations in Afghanistan January of this year.

MSGT Trial was wounded in action running combat operations in Afghanistan January of this year. Friends of Clints have started a nonprofit for Disabled Veterans called TORN Warriors that helps empower disabled vets through off-road driving/racing as well as shooting events. TORN is launching their first Summer Fundraiser this month with the intent to support Clint in the Vegas to Reno Race.

As a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization, any contribution you make will be tax deductible. 

There are multiple ways to donate to this cause:

-Rough Neck Raffle July 27: go.rallyup.com/tornwarriors

-PayPal: info@tornwarriors.org

-Mail:  TORN Warriors

HC 67 Box 30

Wells, NV 89835

Be sure to include your full name, email address, and annotate “TORN WARRIORS RAFFLE”

American Suppressor Association’s Cans Not Bans Membership Giveaway

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Fight for your rights by joining ASA!

ATLANTA, GA – Don’t miss out – Friday is the last day to purchase memberships or donations for the American Suppressor Association’s Cans Not Bans Membership Giveaway! Join or donate today and you could win part of more than $15,000 in prizes!

The US Senate and House have introduced bills to ban and confiscate suppressors nationwide. The fight to protect suppressor ownership in Virginia and other states has only just begun. As law-abiding citizens, we will not stand by and let our rights be trampled on. The American Suppressor Association works tirelessly to protect and enhance your freedom to own and use suppressors.

In order to win this fight, we need your help! 100% of the proceeds go towards ASA’s fight to protect and expand suppressor rights across the country.

Prizes:
• Daniel Defense WAVE 7.62mm Suppressor
• Six Dead Air MASK .22 Suppressors
• YHM Integrally Suppressed .22LR Rifle
• Smith & Wesson Performance Center® T/C® LRR Rifle in .243
• Rugged Radiant 7.62mm Lightweight Modular Suppressor
• SilencerCo Maxim 9 Integrally Suppressed 9mm Pistol
• Ammo-Inc. Ammunition (multiple prizes)
• Gunwerks 6ix and 8ight suppressors
• Thunderbeast Arms Co. Suppressor (winner’s choice)
• PROOF Research Barrel (winner’s choice)
• Silencer Shop will pay the $200 tax stamp on suppressor prizes!

Giveaway Details:
• 1-year ASA Membership: 1 chance to win
• 3-year ASA Membership: 3 chances to win
• Lifetime Membership: 10 chances to win
• $25 Donation: 1 chance to win
• $50 Donation: 2 chances to win
• $75 Donation: 3 chances to win
• $100 Donation: 4 chances to win
• $250 Donation: 10 chances to win

To view contest rules, visit www.CansNotBans.com.

In order to be entered, membership and/or tickets must be purchased by Friday, July 12, 2019, at 11:59 pm EDT. As long as your membership is active as of 5:00pm EDT on Monday, July 15, 2019, the day of the drawing, you’ll automatically be entered to win. Want more chances to win? You can also purchase additional chances for $25.

Contributions or gifts to the American Suppressor Association are not tax deductible.

Annual Tactical Distributors Cornhole Throwdown To Benefit SOC-F Tomorrow Night

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Tomorrow evening, TD is hosting their annual Cornole Throwdown, at their headquarters in Virginia Beach. The event which includes food, friendship and fun consists of barbecue, a corn hole tournament, and raffle. There is a fee at the door and raffle tickets are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the special operations care fund.

SOC-F “Fills in the gaps” where Tri-Care, the VA, and private Insurance fall short; often leaving a family facing a financial catastrophe. The funds raised on Tuesday will be allocated into (2) primary pools of Healthcare needs & Family related issues:

• The Healthcare needs they invest in: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatments (Which also helps significantly with the dealing with PTS) and send SOF to a 12 Step Recovery Center for MIL & LE members grappling with alcoholism and addiction.

• The Family needs that they fund are: SOF Gold Star Kids Camp, Mentoring Program, and Marriage Counseling for those SOF at-risk couples facing the abyss of divorce.

For more information and depth on the programs, please find me at the event or check us out online: soc-f.org/who-we-are. Since their inception in 2014, they have raised and donated over 4 Million Dollars for these needs. 0% of raised money has ever paid a salary, rent, debt service, or bonus. They are 100% volunteer run and guided organization and rightly so, proud of their efficiency.

SOC-F Cornhole – Demo Day at Freedom Shooting Center

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

JULY 2019 – Wisconsin – American Defense Manufacturing, a leading manufacturer in high quality, high performance firearms and accessory mounts, will be at Freedom Shooting Center (Virginia Beach’s Premier Firearms Retailer and Range) on 09JUL2019 from 1000-1500EST preceding Warrior East.

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Freedom Shooting Center’s 52,000 Sq Foot facility features 34 climate-controlled lanes with state-of-the-art electronic target carriers, a lounge, retail shopping, and class rooms. American Defense Mfg® will be site with to answer any questions and allow for hands on demos for all interested persons. Freedom Shooting Center is a stocking dealer!

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Afterwards, join American Defense Mfg® at the Cornhole Throwdown hosted at Tactical Distributors HQ, American Defense Mfg® will raffle off the last of the Special Operation Care Fund (SOC-F) Chief Brett “Shady” Shadle rifles.

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In Memorial William Larson

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

This morning we received some bad news. William Larson aka Iraqgunz from M4carbine.net passed away.

I did not know him well, but had several interactions with him over the years. He was very well known in the industry and very well respected due to his knowledge and demeanor.

Here are some words about him from one of his close friends.

William Larson of Semper Paratus Arms passed away on Saturday, 29-June-2019.

“A Veteran of the US Army and US Coast Guard with 10 years of service to our Great Nation, Will had deployed to Iraq in 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He served as an Armorer and Instructor for the Department of Defense and well known private military companies. He also worked at highly respected companies such as BCM and SIONICS Weapon Systems.

Will is best known for his Armorer’s Courses that he taught across the United States. These courses were universally praised for the breadth and depth of knowledge that he shared.

Will’s no-nonsense demeanor, frankness and humor didn’t take long to endear him to people that may have known him by reputation. To those that know him and those that only knew him through the internet forums, his passing is both shocking and devastating. Our hearts are broken.

Will had touched countless lives, many of whom he barely knew, that was Will. He helped both individuals and companies and never asked for anything in return. Many companies owe their existence and success to Will and his wisdom and knowledge has benefited many individuals that are completely unaware that the gear they use and trust have Will’s fingerprints on it.

His contribution to the industry is immeasurable and he is impossible to replace. His passing is a great loss to his family and to those that know and love him in the industry.

As a community, let’s come together and do something for a man that’s done so much for us. The immediate goal is to address the hospital bills and other arrangements for his family.

We appreciate your thoughts and prayers and Thank You for contributing to the Memorial Fund.”

He left behind a wife and children. They will need some help. If you want to contribute to the fund, visit The William Larson Memorial Fund on gofundme.

Special Operations Wounded Warriors South Florida Dinner and Auction

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

A couple of times each year, Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)(3) Charity, holds fundraisers.

SOWW was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences and focused therapeutic retreats to a select group of both active duty and veteran U.S. Military Special Operations Forces

Their next event is the evening of August 23, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Boca Raton, Florida.

The speaker is Mark “Oz” Geist, a member of the Annex Security Team that fought the Battle of Benghazi, Libya, from September 11 to September 12, 2012. This battle was documented in the book and film “13 Hours.”

If you’re interested, here is a link to the invitation on Facebook.