The Cause of Veteran issues
Transitioning back into civilian life can be a daunting journey for veterans and their families. Many face challenges, such as:
· Health issues
· Lack of transportation
· Incomplete education.
- Ill fitting or outdated dress clothing
The Effects of these issues
These challenges can often lead to
· Family hardship
· Financial challenges
· Substance Abuse
- Alcohol Abuse
- Legal troubles
OUR SERVICES WORKED TO OVERCOME THESE CHALLENGES AND WE WERE VERY SUCCESSFUL!
The idea for Suiting Warriors was born of a personal family tragedy. The pain and helplessness I felt witnessing the tragic struggles of a beloved family member, a United States Marine Combat Veteran, fueled my passion to start something meaningful, significant and useful. Through all that pain and loss, I realized the critical need for a community service that would support veterans during the many phases of their transition back into civilian life. I decided that I needed to provide the necessary tools for veterans to succeed in the civilian sector and I knew that I possessed the skills to pull it off. After many years in Mens Custom Suiting, I witnessed first hand the power of a suit. I have seen how a suit can instill confidence, improve attitudes, and create a solid and lasting first impression. All of these lead to someone locking down a job. Suiting Warriors certainly proved that right thousands of times over. In fact, over the years, my passion and drive have been fueled by the many thank you letters from veterans who found a new career. Not to mention the generous donations of time, treasure and talent that have been bestowed upon me and our organization.
I'd like to add one very special story: A gift I received from a veteran I've never had a chance to meet but his thoughtfulness in his time of need was serendipitous. He attended a Suiting Warriors event and brought with him a gift for me, a Christmas ornament of the Star of Bethlehem. The serendipity occurred when he, instead, handed the Star of Bethlehem to my aunt who's deceased son is the Suiting Warriors honoree and the reason I started the foundation. She was volunteering at that event because I was recovering from a car accident and a very bad concussion. Out of sadness, my aunt had stopped celebrating Christmas after the death of her son, my cousin the Marine. So, the timing could not have been more perfect. That event brought her back to life in many ways, and I like to think of it as a metaphor for the entirety of Suiting Warriors.
I appreciate every veteran and I know their sacrifice helps make this country safe. I am so glad to have played a small part to make a positive change towards new chapters in some of their lives. I couldn’t have done it without the love, support, and help of my family and friends, and the many wonderful volunteers who are showcased on this website. There are so many more people and many hundreds of photos. So much so that this simple honorary website could not showcase them all. Yet, without a doubt, all are in my heart! Many have toiled with me for long hours. Many have seen me cry, scream, and have witnessed me go broke while building it. But most all know that it was, and in many ways still is, the most rewarding experience of my life! Today I'm on a new journey that I also share with my husband, a military veteran. Together, we are continuing to help those in need with our medical business. We offer support in mental health, nutrition, anti-aging, and hormone balancing. Maybe we'll see you at our office in Leland, North Carolina! And, If you want to reach out you can find me on LinkedIn. Be well. God bless. And God bless America.