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  • Why Stop Soldier Suicide? This is why.
    May 24, 2021

    Why Stop Soldier Suicide? This is why.

    In early 2016, the “22” number finally stuck, manifesting with the “22 push-up challenge.” In this challenge, veteran supporters — individuals and brands alike— recorded themselves knocking out 22 push-ups, posted the video to social media and nominated others to carry the message forward.

    While the challenge spread like wildfire and generated tremendous awareness, it lacked one vital element: Action for change. 

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  • What is it about chaos?
    April 6, 2020

    What is it about chaos?

    Deployments? Same thing. Training evolutions leading up to deployment are fast and frequent, come deployment it’s go time, and when you get home? To me, it felt like go time extended... moving from station to station and then looking ahead to either deploying again or leaving the military.  
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  • And seconds later I was behind a podium
    November 28, 2019

    And seconds later I was behind a podium

    On the screen I saw memories of my old life, of my current life, and inspiration for a future life. Images of time in the service, images of the early days of Combat Flags and images of my family shone brightly on large, rectangular screens. A booming voice narrated, offering the story of Combat Flags, my story, to a charmed audience.

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  • In a way it feels like the military has ruined me...
    November 28, 2019

    In a way it feels like the military has ruined me...

    I’ve had a gnawing, grating feeling since I graduated college. This feeling I couldn’t shake. This feeling I kept pushing deep, deep down. This feeling that, to this day, creeps up on me and stops me in my tracks. This feeling is that I’ve lost my purpose.

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  • 6 years, 9 months, 8 days
    November 28, 2019

    6 years, 9 months, 8 days

    We can slice and dice the time any way we’d like, but in the end it took 213,753,600 seconds for Combat Flags to come into existence. It took 353 weeks and 3 days for a single idea, a chronic thought, to become a tangible and meaningful project.
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