2019 has been a year for the record books. I've encountered so much good both personally and professionally. I've also encountered some unexpected hardships, but like everything in life each hardship is a learning opportunity and offers a unique opportunity to persevere and improve.
In the early days of Combat Flags I had a lofty goal of helping 22 veterans a year. And with this year's total donations we nearly made that lofty goal a reality. Total donations for 2019 from Combat Flags to Stop Soldier Suicide total just under $30,000 for the year, a 22% increase over 2018.
To give that number context, our work through Combat Flags helped Stop Soldier Suicide support nearly 19 veterans with two years of ongoing case management and assistance. A truly remarkable and still unbelievable number.
Lifetime donations from Combat Flags to Stop Soldier Suicide now stand at more than $67,000, which serves 41 veterans, military and family members in need.
The year also held another big media opportunity. Coming on the heels of Mike Rowe's Returning the Favor in January 2018, I was fortunate enough to join Stuart Varney on Fox Business Varney & Co. to talk about Combat Flags. Joining Stuart to talk about Combat Flags was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm beyond thankful for it. Not only did the interview help shed light on Stop Soldier Suicide and Combat Flags, but it also opened my eyes to a number of things I need to improve on to appropriately scale Combat Flags.
With a full time corporate job, thriving family and growing side business (Combat Flags) I have to find areas to streamline in 2020 to better allocate time and energy.
The year was just as impactful personally as it was professionally. My boy has moved from the baby stage and is now a full-fledged, energetic and loving toddler. Mrs. Combat Flags is doing well in all she endeavors upon and is the best and most loving mom to our little guy.
I've grown relationships and met some wonderful people this year, including:
And the community around Combat Flags continues to thrive. Thank you to you all for joining me on this journey. Most importantly, thank you for bringing so much light into my life and for spreading it into the lives of others. In a world where people thrive on negativity I'm proud to have you as beacons of hope and positivity.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to my wife, mother and friends who kept me sane and got me through the year. Without your love and help none of this would be possible.
Here's to a great 2020!
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