Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving upon us I wanted to make sure that on behalf of the veterans at Rags of Honor I give give a proper thanks to those who have helped us keep the mission alive and growing.This mission started three years ago in the front seat of my car as many of you know. After spending a year in Afghanistan as a civilian seeing the daily, unwavering commitment of our military I could not bear to read another story or watch another broadcast about these men and women being reduced to living in their cars, shelters or under bridges.

I spent many a night wondering how we were going to compete, persevere and literally make enough to pay our bills. One thing was certain to me after just a few months however; failure was not an option. I also found out very quickly that three of the most profound and life changing words you can say to someone are “you are hired”, and I resolved that we would never fail, never close our doors and always be there for any veteran who needed us.

Today we have 12 full time employees, a new 10,000 square foot facility and are looking to hire 10 more by early next year.  

This experience has been simultaneously, exhausting and humbling. but so inspiring because from the day we opened our doors everyone who heard or read about us found a way to help us meet the challenge and make sure this mission was successful.

I want to publicly thank Rich Hoffman from M and R equipment who sent us presses when he knew I had no money to pay for them, to my friend David Storch who saved Rags of Honor last fall with the words “ what do you need to build this mission”, to Steve Cochran and the entire crew at WGN, to Pete Hassen, Jay Blunk, Laura Clawson and everyone who works for the Chicago Black Hawks, and to the countless Rags customers who purchase from our online store and keep coming back for more

Finally to my team at Rags of Honor who have overcome remarkable hardships and odds to make us what we are today and every single active military, veteran or family member of a veteran reading this post.

We owe you all a debt of gratitude for wearing the uniform and standing by those who wore it.

Our story at Rags is proof that all of us can make a difference in our own way but more importantly that when we try there will be hundreds or even thousands standing with us

Margaret Mead once famously wrote “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”

From the Rags family to all who read this thank you for helping us change the world,,, one tee shirt at time.