In 2001 our founder (19years old at the time) was a teaching assistant, when the horrific acts of 9/11 occurred. Like most Americans it horrified, shocked, and most of all angered him, especially to see the impact it made on the children. By mid 2002, he decided to enlist in the USAF prior to the start of the Iraq war; however after careful thought, he changed his mind. The desire to serve his country never went way,though, and after careful consideration, he began the process to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.
During the initial recruiting visit, his medical past came into question due to a history of joint/bone issues. He went on to have several operations to correct the problem, and after years of rehabilitation, it was back to the recruiting office. The medical problems still persisted. It soon became clear the chance to serve our country was not going to become a reality.
After graduating college in 2007, the thought of our military brothers and sisters dying everyday, yet never being able to go into battle himself, would not leave his mind. So, in late 2009 an idea was born–a way to give back to and support proud patriots and veterans. After months of ideas and possible names, American-Strong was born in January 2010! In December of 2011, he was introduced to a young Marine who had stepped on a bomb. This young man lost his leg, among other injuries. A bond was INSTANTLY made, and soon they both decided to do big things! A team was gradually put together, comprised of veterans, active duty military, as well as proud supporters.
American Strong is not a group, nor one person. American Strong is a COMMUNITY. We are fortunate to have many great Americans who we now call family that help with various events. Many of members of this organization are proud veterans, and now serve as ambassadors for our brand. They assist us in our efforts to possibly make a difference in others’ lives.
American-Strong supports those who serve this great nation, military or not, as well as pays honor to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice. We salute the Proud, the Hard-working, the Honorable Americans that do so much to keep this nation strong–American-Strong!
Portions of Proceeds and Volunteer Time go to:
– Welcome Home ceremonies.
– Care packages.
– Marathons and 5k races, in support of our HEROES.
– We are Members of the PGR (Patriot Guard Riders), a group that shows up to support at Military Funerals, and welcome home ceremonies
– We work with many Veterans, continuously planning new events to help others enjoy life after the military.
*Please note: We are very open and clear that we are NOT a non-profit. We simply try to do good things with good people, all with your support, and apparel sales. We’ve showcased this throughout our photos and social media. Thank you for all the support!
PLEASE VISIT SOME OF OUR GREAT FRIENDS,
WHO ARE DOING AMAZING THINGS EVERYDAY FOR OUR HEROES