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FirstSpear Friday Focus – Honoring Our Veterans

Friday, November 10th, 2023

Today, we offer our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have served our country in times of war and peace. We honor their bravery, sacrifice, and steadfast resolve in the face of adversity. We are inspired by their selflessness and dedication to serving a cause greater than themselves. To all of the veterans who have served our country, we offer our sincerest thanks. Your contributions to our nation will never be forgotten.

The FirstSpear family is no stranger to the sacrifices made by veterans. Our team includes many veterans who have served our country with distinction. We are incredibly proud of their service and grateful for their contributions to our company.

We also wish a happy 248th birthday to the United States Marines Corps.

Brownells Continues Support for Special Operations Wounded Warriors

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023

GRINNELL, Iowa (November 6, 2023) – Brownells is honoring Veterans Day all week by donating a percentage of sales to Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping wounded veterans of the Special Operations community.

Starting Monday, November 6, and lasting through Friday November 12, Brownells will track purchases at Brownells.com and give 4% of those sales to SOWW.

As part of the Veterans Day week event, Brownells will release a special discount code SOWW25 for $25 off of $250 purchase at Brownells.com.

SOWW works to provide therapeutic outdoor experiences to wounded SOCOM veterans, as well as other types of professional therapy and assistance to veterans and their spouses and families.

The SOWW Board of Directors accept no salaries and SOWW maximizes its ability to directly support veterans and their families in every way it can.

CTOMS Launches My Memorial List

Wednesday, November 1st, 2023

CTOMS announces the release of the ‘My Memorial List’, a project created to commemorate the names of those now passed. The ‘My Memorial List’ is a symbolically rich piece of art that has been formatted with fillable fields for the addition of names, dates, and locations. The intent is for anyone to download and create their own list of those whose memory they wish to preserve and honor. Once a list is created, it is meant to be printed and displayed that the memory of those listed is kept alive.

For more information on the project, including a detailed description of its intent and the meaning of the symbolism, and to download the list for free, visit ctomsinc.com/pages/memorial-list.

Pre-Order – “The Wrong Wolf” by Christian Craighead

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023

I’m sharing this on behalf of my friends Christian Craighead and Matthew Klein to promote their new book, “The Wrong Wolf.”

I am proud to announce the publication of my first book, The Wrong Wolf, illustrated by my good friend Matthew Klein. It’s not the book you’re all waiting for, but nevertheless I’m still extremely proud of it. The book is out November 29th and available for pre-order now (link in bio). I think you will all love it.

The Wrong Wolf is a metaphoric story about a WOLF who becomes a SHEEPDOG. The book was inspired by episodes in my life and was written by me, from the heart. Whilst principally a children’s book, it sends a positive message that will resonate with both the young and old.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Frontline Healing Foundation, a US 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports programs addressing the unmet needs of suffering servicemen and women and gives individuals and communities the tools they need to become self-sufficient.

Please spread the word and pre-order the book now. It’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other book stores.

B.E. Meyers & Co. and the Meyers Family Fund Sponsor Veteran Cancer Screenings at HunterSeven Foundation’s Warrior Summit

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

October 5, 2023 (Redmond, WA) B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc., a leading provider of advanced photonics and defense technologies, has partnered with The Brad and Nancy Meyers Family Fund to co-sponsor HunterSeven Foundation’s cancer screenings for military veterans as part of the Integrative Warrior Health Summit. This joint effort reflects our shared commitment to supporting Veterans’ health and well-being. The Integrative Warrior Health Summit will be held on October 8th, 2023 from 2PM – 8PM at the Military Women’s Memorial in Arlington, VA. www.classy.org/event/integrative-warrior-health-summit/e516870

Cancer remains a significant health concern amongst Veterans, and early detection plays a crucial role in improving outcomes. Matthew Meyers, CEO of B.E. Meyers & Co. stated, “As someone who was diagnosed with cancer (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) in 2009 as an active duty Infantryman following exposure to toxins while deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, early detection is key, and this is why HunterSeven Foundation’s incredible work is so important to us. Undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy is difficult enough, and being able to access cancer screenings that help with early detection is imperative to ensure proper care is rendered for all those who answered their nation’s call”.

The HunterSeven Foundation, a Veteran-founded, 501(c)(3) organization, conducts research on military exposures among post-9/11 Veterans and educates the Veteran on critical health information related to their exposures. HunterSeven Foundation is prominently recognized in the military medical community for their work regarding the identification of potential toxic exposures and resultant illnesses among military veterans. As a result, it equips both veterans and their healthcare providers with crucial, evidence-based information concerning these exposures. To learn more about the HuntersSeven Foundation and their mission, please visit www.hunterseven.org.

B.E. Meyers & Co., Inc. is a US Defense Technology Manufacturer specializing in advanced photonics solutions for military, law enforcement, consumer, and aerospace applications. Our Redmond, WA facility specializes in the design, production, and assembly of premier visible hail and warning systems, near infrared and out-of-band laser marking systems, infrared illumination, and laser range finding systems, all of which serve end-users in 38 nations worldwide.
For more information about B.E. Meyers & Co. products as we enter our 50th year, please visit us at www.bemeyers.com

The Brad and Nancy Meyers Family Fund is a philanthropic entity designed to provide sponsorship to causes in support of Veterans, first responders, religious freedom, animal welfare, and nature conservancy in the US and around the world.

All Secure Foundation Announces New Chief Operating Officer: Chris VanSant

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

[St. Louis, MO] – All Secure Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Chris VanSant as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO). With over two decades of military service and a deep commitment to veteran mental health and wellness, Chris VanSant brings a wealth of experience and passion to his new role.

Chris VanSant’s military career is nothing short of exemplary. He has served in various elite units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and has completed 11 combat deployments with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (Delta Force). His dedication to service and his remarkable achievements in the military showcase his unwavering commitment to excellence.

But Chris’s journey doesn’t end there. He is a staunch advocate for veteran mental health and wellness, drawing from his personal experiences with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, sleep disorders, and chemical dependency. He understands the importance of resilience and recovery, both through traditional and unconventional means, and he is dedicated to helping fellow veterans find their paths to healing.

In his civilian life, Chris served as the Chief Operating Officer for Tyr Tactical and was a valuable member of All Secure Foundation’s Board. Alongside his wife, Robin, and daughters, he actively supports various veteran charitable causes, demonstrating his commitment to giving back to the military community.

Tom Satterly, the Founder of All Secure Foundation, shared his thoughts on Chris VanSant’s appointment, saying, “I have had the privilege to serve alongside Chris in Special Operations many years ago. Not only was he a consummate professional, but I could trust his thoughtful decision-making and respected how he could instill his calm demeanor in others. Just like Hair Club for Men, he is not only an executive at All Secure, but he was also a client. He has walked or hiked his way through the challenges we face in transition, and he also has a passion for helping his fellow warfighter families heal. We are honored that Chris chose to fight alongside us at All Secure.”

All Secure Foundation is thrilled to welcome Chris VanSant as its new COO and the organization looks forward to the fresh perspective and innovative ideas he will bring to the team. With his leadership, All Secure Foundation is confident in its ability to continue making a dynamic and lasting impact on the lives of Special Operations Active Duty and Combat Veterans and their families.

Join us in extending a wholehearted welcome to Chris VanSant as he takes on this crucial role in advancing All Secure Foundation’s mission to assist Special Operations Active Duty and Combat Veterans, and their families, in their recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress through education, awareness, and resources for healing, marriage retreats, and PTS resiliency training.

For more information about All Secure Foundation and how to get involved, please visit:




About All Secure Foundation: All Secure Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Special Operations Active Duty and Combat Veterans, and their families, in their recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress through education, awareness, resources for healing, marriage retreats, and PTS resiliency training. Founded with the mission to provide comprehensive support to those who have sacrificed for our nation, All Secure Foundation is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of veterans and their loved ones.

Why a Decorated Combat Veteran Sought a Firearm-Storage Solution that Appeals to All Americans

Saturday, September 9th, 2023

STAMFORD, Conn. (September 6, 2023) – There is no shortage of reasons why millions of Americans choose to exercise their right to gun ownership. Whether it is for the protection of life and property, for sport or even collecting, all gun owners are well acquainted with the same realities: an inaccessible firearm is the same as no firearm and storage-solution needs vary from situation to situation.

So how is a responsible gun owner to ensure their firearm is secure from unauthorized use while also keeping it accessible?

“My adult life has been spent serving and protecting others as a United States Marine, a private security contractor and a law enforcement professional. Through this I learned that the right to gun ownership is the only thing that ensures all of our other rights can exist,” said GOSAFE co-founder Mark “Oz” Geist. “But my law enforcement career also showed me some sobering realities: unauthorized gun use is a common denominator in firearm-related accidents, suicides and crimes.”

Geist spent many years in search of a solution that would preserve a gun owner’s right to quick, authorized access while lessening the opportunities for unauthorized access. Recognizing there is never a one-size-fits-all solution for securing firearms, Geist quickly realized the GOSAFE solution would be ideal for a majority of gun owners and firearm carriers, from parents to law enforcement professionals.

GOSAFE’s unique mobile solution was designed by leading firearms experts, including former law enforcement and military professionals, to provide real-world security solutions for all gun owners, which according to the 2021 National Firearms Survey, now represents 81.4 million Americans. GOSAFE reimagines firearms security by putting the safe inside the firearm rather than the firearm inside a safe. Both the Mobile Safe and Mobile Mag products fit safely and securely inside the firearm, in the same manner as OEM magazines, accessible only via a unique-to-user key. Once the firearm is locked in GOSAFE mode, there is no possibility of an unauthorized user intentionally or accidentally gaining access. The patented technology allows gun owners and professionals to go from loaded and ready to locked and safe whenever and wherever they are. 

The GOSAFE line includes the Mobile Safe (MSRP $79.99) and the Mobile Mag (MSRP $99.99). The Mobile Safe is a non-loadable magazine-styled mobile safe that travels inside the firearm, providing speed and access and eliminates the need for cable and trigger locks. It prevents unauthorized and unintended firearm use by blocking the trigger and securely locking the slide closed. Users can easily switch from GOSAFE to their OEM mag in seconds. 

The Mobile Mag is a fully functioning magazine combining mobility and complete security with fast access that cannot be removed from the firearm when locked. Going from ready-to-fire to locked in a matter of seconds, when locked, it blocks the trigger to prevent unintended firing even with a round in the chamber. 

GOSAFE is available to purchase at gosafenow.com and will be arriving soon in retail locations around the country and online. 

Every 15 minutes, an unsecured firearm is stolen from a vehicle or residence. In addition to lessening the instances of accidents and crime, using GOSAFE secure-storage solutions to stop the unauthorized use of firearms will also reduce the number of suicide-by-firearm deaths that occur each year. Every 22 minutes, a person commits suicide by firearm, accounting for three of every five firearm deaths and inflicting long-lasting pain and suffering on the family and friends left behind. The increase in suicides among returning combat veterans has made this an area of particular emphasis for Geist and the GOSAFE team.

“In this next chapter of my life, I’m going to continue to protect people by providing a secure storage solution for gun owners, one that preserves access and autonomy for the gun owner while also mitigating the likelihood of misuse,” Geist said. “The GOSAFE solution for securing firearms is one whose time has come and one that will benefit all Americans, whether or not they choose to exercise their right to own firearms.

To learn more about GOSAFE and the latest product introductions, visit

Veteran Business Focus – Silver Oak Leaf Inc

Saturday, August 12th, 2023

I asked fellow veteran John Long about his company Silver Oak Leaf Inc. The name is a no-brained as he’s a retired Lieutenant Colonel but what he’s up to is pretty interesting although John sums to up nicely, saying he’s “Creating Strategic Teaming Relationships.”

He went on to say, “I launched Silver Oak Leaf Inc six years ago to continue to improve Personal Protective Equipment.”

John’s position is that protection begins at the uniform layer out and includes more than ballistic protection – such as flame resistance, specific developments for extreme cold weather (artic) and extreme hot/humid (jungle). ?

He helps industry transfer innovative textile based products such as lighter weight fabrics to innovative cold weather fibers to power and data e-textiles and working to improve flame resistance and increased durability.

This year he expanded to focus on developing and delivering innovation for hands, feet and face extreme cold weather protection.

Using the experience he gained over the last 30+ years as a US Army officer and industry executive, John helps assist in navigating organizational structures to overcome barriers in funding, testing and trial.

John wrapped up our conversation by relating, “So I was the PEO Soldier guy then after retiring joined Propper Intl as Dir Business Development then to INVISTA and the Cordura brand as Innovation Manager. Then launched my own company Jan 2018. I manufacture uniforms for DLA as well as specific development projects and do strategic planning on a project basis.”