December 31, 2019 3 min read

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:

  • Beav (Tactical Baby Gear founder) has become a good friend and much needed mentor.
  • Vonda (Gold Star Mom) has shown me resilience I never knew possible.
  • Cristina (owner of the Batch House here in Charlotte) has been a good friend to commiserate with on the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.
  • Terry (an Air Force Vet and owner of a tactical sew shop) has been a huge help and wonderful partner in assembling the base of the Original Combat Flags.
  • Brian (co-founder of Stop Soldier Suicide) and Tina (Chief Marketing Officer of Stop Soldier Suicide) are both rockstars and are doing so much to change the conversation on military & veteran suicides.

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!


9 Responses

Dan R
Dan R

January 23, 2020

Great work, Dan!

Cristina
Cristina

January 01, 2020

Some of us have thought about giving back to humanity for a good cause.
Most of us much rather donate than to give our time and sacrifice family for
the good of mankind. So,I want to thank you, Jennifer, and your son
for giving of your time. I wear my hoodie proudly and every opportunity I get
I share the good word. Combat Flags is and will always be my way of contributing
back to those who sacrificed for the sake of our freedom. My Christmas tree has
the Combat Flag ornaments as a reminder that “Believe in the Magic of Christmas”
is to believe in the purpose of helping mankind. Thank you for your dedication and
tiredless service May God Bless you and may you have a Prosperous New Year,2020!

Paul williams
Paul williams

January 01, 2020

What you’re doing with combat flags is incredible! I’m happy to be a part of this push your making to bring awareness and care to veterans! Being a veteran myself I know all too well the struggles veterans face. Thank you, from all veterans. For being a voice and beacon of hope! I cant wait to see what 2020 has in store for combat flags!

Anita Owen
Anita Owen

January 01, 2020

Well done! I like to be supportive in any way I can. Do let me know if you have other items that might be appropriate for a now
retired dressage judge. I actually judged a lot of eventing, carriage driving and para-equestrian competitions as well. The para-equestrian games
in Athens, Greece 2004 were sensational!

Vickie Gehri
Vickie Gehri

January 01, 2020

Thank you, Dan for you way of serving others. You had a remarkable idea that you put in place to make a difference. You have succeeded! God bless you and your family in 2020, as you continue your journey. Vickie

Jayne
Jayne

December 31, 2019

Way to go ‘Team Dan’! What a great way to finish out 2019. I’m blessed to be a small part of this wonderful entrepreneurship and am looking forward to an unbelievable 2020!!

Judy Meyer
Judy Meyer

December 31, 2019

Dan,

I want to thank you for all you do. There are not enough people in the world like you. As a mother of a Marine, we know the issues that are not out there for the public to see or hear. Keep spreading the word. Have a safe and Happy New Year. Judy Meyer

Kellie Valdez
Kellie Valdez

December 31, 2019

Thank you for what you do. Coming from a long line of Military Family I appreciate all our vets and anything that supports our Vets, I am a huge fan of. May God keep blessing you and your family!

Stacie
Stacie

December 31, 2019

First and for most I want to Thank You for your service and the sacrifices you and your family made to protect our great country. I know I am no one important, but the strides you are making with your company are awesome. Bringing awareness to soldiers suicide is awesome. I pray the word spreads like wildfire. Keep up the good work. Your doing great for those you help. Thank a million,
Stacie Juarez

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