Because they deserve it

by Rags of Honor Founder Mark Doyle

From June of 2010 to July of 2011 I was part of an Anti-Corruption Task Force in Afghanistan. Our job was to get granularity on US contracting dollars that were being extorted through out the battle space. What started as an exercise in accounting ended in this mission called Rags of Honor because I witnessed first hand the daily sacrifice our men and women in the armed forces make for us without regard for their own well being.

I founded Rags of Honor with the money I had in my savings because I could not, and would not stand by for one more day while stories veterans living in their cars,  or shelters or under bridges continued to surface in every news publication in the country.

To be clear, I had no idea what I was doing when I decided to start this company, but doing nothing was no longer an option for me. To date we have hired 28 veterans, 24 of them were homeless or about to be homeless. We are doing work for the Chicago Black Hawks, the Big Ten, Northwestern University, Rutgers University and ESPN bowl games.  We did this all on the backs of men and women who had no knowledge of this industry, just a desire to have a shot at the life they deserve.

I started Rags of Honor because they deserve it.. they don’t want a hand out, they just needed a hand up.

Rags is the only silk screen operation devoted to hiring the homeless and chronically unemployed. Thankfully we have been graced with soldiers and Marine’s who joined our operation who were not homeless but wanted to help me build this even though they had other careers.  Our mission will always be to find those who are falling through the cracks and make sure we don’t leave them behind. Along the way I am hopeful we pick up more and more veterans who share our vision,  and if we do this right we will change the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of veterans and their families…. because they deserve it……

“what we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others lives on forever”

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