Welcome to this week’s edition of "Just a few things," a weekly blog dedicated to sharing a few things I've been doing, thinking, reading or learning throughout the previous week. Many of these things will be inspired by my interactions with you via email or social media... so feel free to drop a comment and share a few things yourself! Let’s get to it:
Something I’m thankful for: Stop Soldier Suicide. I had the pleasure of meeting with Tina (CMO) and Keith (Chief of Programs) for a few hours on Wednesday evening and I am so thankful for the time with them. This organization continues to amaze me. Their thoughtful approach to helping veterans in need is commendable. But what amazes me most is how they're never satisfied with where they are in the process, they're always striving to do more, reach those who need it and tell stories of success to inspire and give hope.
I left the meeting feeling more energized and motivated than I've felt in some time. If you haven't read about Stop Soldier Suicide before, or if you'd like to know more, please visit their website and follow them on social media: www.stopsoldiersuicide.org
Something I'm looking forward to:New products! I've got a few things in the pipeline that I am PUMPED to put out into the world. The first of the new products will release late next week and it harkens back to one of the first few products that came after the Original Combat Flag. The second new product is just getting underway and I'm so happy to let you know that this new item is being created in partnership with a craftsman who is Active Duty Coast Guard. I'll give you sneak peak... you can head to his Instagram page to get an idea of what might be coming to Combat Flags. Lastly, I've got a fun little something in the works, too, with a well-known veteran owned company (and star Shark Tank company).
Something I’m proud of: Some of you are likely aware that Combat Flags is not my full time gig. I work a full time corporate gig for a global company. We just wrapped up a length 10 month project to spin into a new company, of which I am now part of. My background by education is public relations and by experience marketing and branding, and, as such, I was on the small team tasked with developing and launching the new brand into the world. This past Monday was day 1 for the company and with it I saw the fruits of 10 LONG months of hard work, late nights and a few new gray hairs.
Alright, that wraps up this week's edition of Just a Few Things. I encourage you to leave a comment on this post or on social media to let me know a few things of your own!
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The bad news is that a few of my established partners have had to close down their production, which means I can’t place new orders for products like the 3x5 foot camo flags. I’m nearly out of the Army/Air Force and Marine Corps flags, and once they’re gone I’m not sure how long it will take to get things back up and running. Another example is that of the Combat Patch. I’ve been working on a slight redesign of the patch and was so EXCITED to have found a local veteran-owned embroidery shop and we had JUST finalized the new patch when NC put in place a mandatory stay at home order.
It's funny... last week I was burning through books and this week I have slowed WAY down. I plan to startOn Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman today and have two more in queue. I'm increasingly interested in this topic and how it connects to the difficulty in transitioning from the military to civilian life.
Just a friendly reminder to remember to keep in contact with your buddies during these uncertain times. Whether it be isolation or anxiety due to the news, make sure they know they aren’t alone. Be a beacon of hope and courage and set the example for those around you. I feel the need to caveat this with the fact that I am not a medical or mental health professional, but isolation can often times exacerbate underlying anxiety or feelings of depression and separation. Give them a call, a text, FaceTime, or Facebook video chat. I don’t really care, just check in and be a good friend and human.