Archive for the ‘Veterans’ Category

Tattoos of the GWOT Vol II

Monday, January 2nd, 2023

Orders have opened for the second volume of “Tattoos of the GWOT”, a continuation of the visual showcase of some of the best tattooists specializing in military ink.

Limited to 700 copies, once they are gone, they are gone. They are had serialized and the final product will mimic the standard GSA green notebook.

SOC-F x SSD “Year Of The Tiger”Sweatshirts Still Available

Tuesday, December 20th, 2022

Our collaboration Year Of The Tiger sweatshirt with Tactical Distributors is still available for those of you who would like a sporty sweatshirt which also benefits the Special Operations Care Fund.

Printed on a high quality Champion crew neck sweatshirt in Black, it features the SSD logo in Tigerstripe on the back with some added TD flourishes. At the cuff you’ll find the SOC-F logo and a Tiger.

ALL proceeds going to SOC-F is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was formed in 2013 to provide medical, financial, and other support to SOF members and their families in ways that are often not met through other sources.

Rehab Warriors, Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School Announce Partnership

Saturday, December 17th, 2022

New capstone course to focus on revitalizing disadvantaged communities and solutions for change.

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 14, 2022 — Rehab Warriors announced that it has partnered with The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School to build a new capstone course focused on revitalizing disadvantaged communities.

The course will be a part of the MS in Real Estate and Infrastructure, and will examine problems within communities, and practical solutions that can be identified, developed and executed. The partnership with Johns Hopkins University is a collaboration to pioneer change in a much-needed way. It allows for a direct educational pathway for veterans within the real estate industry to operate as a catalyst of positive transformation to the housing crisis in America.

Rehab Warriors leverages veterans to build a workforce, as they provide veterans with world-class training in residential construction, remodeling, and small-scale development, empowering them with the necessary skills to be a force multiplier as Rehab Warriors collectively rebuilds communities that have been undercapitalized and underserved.

“Partnering with The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School to develop curriculum on the goal of Rehab Warriors is an amazing opportunity to equip more people with the tools to revitalize their communities,” said Rehab Warriors Founder Andy Williams. “Redeveloping underserved communities is a vital aspect to restoring the pathway to homeownership for millions of Americans.” 

To kick off 2023 with sparks, The Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School and Rehab Warriors will be hosting a Summit in January, focusing on the continued proposition of veterans taking on important roles in the real estate industry. 

The Summit will take place on Jan. 10 at 8:30 am ET at 100 International Drive, Baltimore MD 21022. To register, please visit:

U.S. Patriot Tactical Supports Hero Hut with Platinum Sponsorship

Sunday, November 20th, 2022

The non-profit, Hero Hut, provides veterans, active duty, first responders, and families a comfortable place of solidarity and support at local, regional, and national events and festivals. U.S. Patriot, a GALLS® company, is a supporting Platinum Sponsor.

Hero Hut will be partnering with the Valero Alamo Bowl to host an in-game VIP hospitality space during the game through 2025.

Columbia, S.C. (November 2022) – U.S. Patriot Tactical, a GALLS® company, is pleased to announce its premier partnership with Hero Hut, whose mission is to support and encourage veterans of all generations to discover a civilian life defined by service and surrounded by community. Since 2000, U.S. Patriot has been serving the military and first responder communities. With retail stores on and off U.S. military bases and an active online presence, U.S. Patriot, is the premier lifestyle brand of choice for military personnel across the globe.

“Hero Hut is a unique non-profit for military, first responders and their families,” Mike Fadden, CEO of GALLS, explained. “By providing a place to relax, eat, and drink during events, Hero Hut creates a safe space for like-minded individuals and their families. U.S. Patriot has always been a strong supporter of this community, and this sponsorship is to express our gratitude to those who serve.”

“The Hero Hut team is delighted to announce U.S. Patriot Tactical has joined our community as our first major national sponsor and partner,” David Hoffmaster, Founder and President of Hero Hut added. “Their belief in our mission and support will allow us to truly take Hero hut to the next level while continuing to build community on the ground for thousands more Veterans and First Responders. Their support will empower dozens of worthy partner non-profits that make difference in the lives of military personnel across the nation. We cannot wait to be working with the amazing Alamo Bowl Team, U.S. Patriot Tactical, and our partner organizations to create a special experience for our Veterans, First Responders, and family guests.”

On December 29, 2022, Hero Hut will launch its largest Hero Hut at the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Since 1993, the Valero Alamo Bowl has established various programs that recognize and support the military. The Bowl matches donations from partners to host an average of 1,00+ members of the Wounded Warriors Project, USO, and VetTix, as well as underwriting specially priced tickets to allow an additional 1,500 military personnel and their families to the game. Through 2025, Hero Hut will present the Military Club hospitality space for all ticketed military, veterans, first responders, and their families, in addition to a tailgate ahead of kickoff for this year’s 30th Anniversary game.

For more information on how to support the active duty, veteran, and first responder community through Hero Hut, visit

For more information on U.S. Patriot Tactical visit

Darn Tough Vermont Receives Award from the US Department of Labor

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

2022 Hire Vets Medallion Award Granted


Northfield, VT (November 10, 2022) – Just ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Martin J. Walsh, recognized Darn Tough Vermont as one of the recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Darn Tough earned the Gold award – and is the only Vermont company to receive this recognition. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

“We are committed to our veterans, our families, our communities and our state,” said Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Darn Tough Vermont. “Everyone at Darn Tough is dedicated to giving back to the community in every way we can. Establishing comprehensive and thoughtful programs and opportunities for veterans is another way to show our support and appreciation.”

Darn Tough joins 834 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

Recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

DroneShield Receives HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

Warrenton, VA – U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh recognized DroneShield LLC as a recipient of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by U.S. Department of Labor. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. DroneShield earned the HIRE Vets Gold award (as a small employer) for its efforts and commitment to supporting veteran employment on its team.
“We’re honored to receive this HIRE Vets recognition by the Department of Labor and Secretary Walsh,” stated Matt McCrann, US CEO of DroneShield. “We’re proud of each of our veterans here at DroneShield and the work they do continuing to support some of the same Federal communities that they previously served among. Our company’s mission directly aligns with that of many veterans and we’ll always look to incorporate the skills and unique experience of our vets across the company, as well as continue to expand the career opportunities for our current and future veteran teammates.”
DroneShield joins other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

Recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including (but not limited to) a high level of veteran hiring and retention percentages, availability of veteran-specific resources, and leadership programming for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have joined DroneShield in earning a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

National Non-Profit, Founders First CDC, Announces Veteran Small Business Owners Recipients of 2022 Stephen L Tadlock “Vetpreneurs” Grant

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Founders First CDC Awarded $25,000 to Veteran-Owned Small Business Owners Across The Country

San Diego, CA – November 10, 2022 – Founders First CDC (Founders First), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers expansion in diverse founder-led, revenue-generating businesses, is pleased to announce the Veteran small business recipients of its 2022 Stephen L. Tadlock Fund – a grant program to support U.S. Veteran small business owners. The recipients had to meet specific qualifications to receive their grants, including: the company’s founder must be a U.S. military Veteran, have an active U.S.-based business, and employ between 2 and 50 employees.

“As Veteran owned businesses are critical contributors to the small business community, I’m proud to extend this fund for the second year in a row to Veteran business owners who need the extra boost of funding; as these funds help drive economic growth in communities which need it most during this critical, and uncertain economic time.” says Kim Folsom, Founder and CEO of Founders First.

Inspired by Founders First CEO Kim Folsom’s brother, U.S. Navy Veteran Stephen L. Tadlock, the purpose of the grant is to provide micro-investments to Veterans who own and operate small businesses. The $25,000 grant has been awarded to 25 Veteran recipients who received $1,000 each, which will help aid in their employer-based small businesses.

“I’ve experienced what these Veterans have experienced when they leave the service – losing our support group, wearing a different uniform, and it can be daunting and challenging. But when a grant program like the Stephen L. Tadlock Fund becomes available, it’s an incredible pillar of support that these Veterans need to continue their success with their businesses,” says Arthur Bartell, U.S. Army General (Ret.) and lead judge for the Northern U.S. Stephen L Tadlock Fund.

Since launching, Founders First CDC has awarded more than $423,000 to minority and underserved business owners throughout the United States with a focus on Texas, Chicago, Southern California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

“As a finalist for the 2021 Stephen L. Tadlock Veteran grant, we were able to gain the confidence and validation we needed to help us increase our runway, support our finances, and build a stronger mentality as business owners to know we are onto something,” says Broderick Neel-Feller, founder of Jammin’ Together.

The 25 recipients of the 2022 Stephen L. Tadlock fund includes:

1. Mickey Dennis

Mickey Dennis LLC

Locust Grove, GA

2. Vincent Harris


Conyers, GA

3. Mock Abdelaal

Velos Labs

Madison, AL

4. Haleema Shafeek

Green Office Furniture Solutions, LLC

Franklin County, OH

5. Tiffany Jones

Tjl Collection

Dallas County, TX

6. Eric Vasquez

Veterans Logistics Group

Hawthorne, CA

7. Luvina Sabree

Golden Ideas Unlimited

Killeen, TX

8. Nadean Carson

Oya Construction, LLC

Roanoke, VA

9. Willmour Daniel

Young Chefs Academy Of Coral Springs FL

Coral Springs, FL

10. Roland Baker

Rolovision, LLC

Baton Rouge, LA

11. Nestor Morales

Accessible Solar & Energy Storage

San Diego County, CA

12. Elston Joyner

Battery Express, Inc.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

13. Joseph Finnie

Sew A Seed, LLC

Anna, TX

14. Tucker Burns

The Charge Stately Apparel

Austin, TX

15. Warnita Foster

Dreams Of Beauty

Killeen, TX

16. Derren Burrell

Veteran Ventures Capital

Knoxville, TN

17. Broderick Neel-Feller

Jammin’ Together

Annapolis, MD

18. Quinton Mcnair

Struggle Beard Bakery

Matteson, IL

19. Beth Fynbo

Busy Baby, LLC

Olmsted County, MN

20. Edward Mcdonald

Aspire Health And Wellness Management PC

Peachtree Corners, GA

21. Joe Arenella

Tracker Systems, LLC

Austin, TX

22.   Thomas Huebner

Dockstar, LLC

Kingston, WA

23. Joseph Gilbreath

Rise Up Industries

Santee, CA

24. Steve Eden Ii

Smoke Sumthin Barbecue

Menifee, CA

25. Cody Bess

Poprouser Inc.

Miami, FL

The judging committee for the Stephen L. Tadlock Grant includes a panel of distinguished Veterans, representing multiple branches of service.

“When learning of campaigns to support small businesses, you rarely learn of local, and sometimes national, businesses that are owned and operated by Veterans. Through grants and outreach programs like the Stephen L. Tadlock Veteran Grant, not only are Veterans receiving monetary support to keep their businesses thriving, but also invaluable exposure for their businesses they may otherwise not have received,” says Dr. Chermaine M. Harrell, retired Marine Corps Sergeant Major, and Deputy Chief Transformation Officer at National University. Harrell is also a judge for the Northern U.S. Stephen L Tadlock Fund.

According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau’s survey of small business owners, there are more than 2.5 million Veteran majority-owned businesses in the U.S. that employ more than 5 million individuals. As a result, these businesses generate a revenue of more than $1.14 trillion, and account for an annual payroll of $195 billion.

“Programs like the Stephen Tadlock Veteran Grant provide financial assistance, but possibly more importantly, recognition for the hard work and dedication Veterans are providing to their communities every day once their service is completed. I’m honored to work hand-in-hand with Founders First CDC on their generous grant programs and serve on the judging panel for the Stephen Tadlock Veteran grant, to continue to support our Veterans,” says Yolanda Clarke, United States Army Reserve Officer, CEO of Power River Industries and volunteer with Bunker Labs.

Founders First CDC programs guide business owners through the process of achieving accelerated growth through curriculum, hands-on assignments, and expert coaching. To learn more about Founders First CDC programs and grant qualifications, visit

5.11 Tactical “Salute To Service” This Weekend

Friday, November 11th, 2022

Company offers 25% discount to those who serve, both in-store and online

5.11 Tactical, the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, will show its appreciation to those who serve with a special Salute to Service event this weekend, Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. The event offers a 25% discount off entire purchases, both in-store and online, to customers who verify eligibility.

With its roots in servicing law enforcement, first responder, military and medical communities, 5.11 wants to show its gratitude specifically to those who dedicate their lives and careers to serving others.

Military personnel, veterans, first responders, fire and emergency medical services, and medical professionals are eligible to receive the offer once they verify their eligibility with a valid ID in-store or through online.

“These incredible groups of people routinely commit themselves to providing for others while serving their communities and we want to offer them a sign of our appreciation,” said 5.11’s Chief Executive Officer, Francisco J. Morales. “We can’t thank these heroes enough, but the Salute To Service event is one way we want to offer our gratitude.”

Customers can shop online at or locate a store near them by visiting The event will take place Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13.