The BattleSaint™ project was hatched by a military Mom at a recent family reunion. She hosted 7 of her immediate relatives who were enlisted in the military. Many of them had been deployed multiple times. The night was full of stories of war and close calls. She realized how great it would be to create a unique bracelet to honor their service and provide a sense of protection from the dangers of the battlefield. With this inspiration, she designed handmade, wooden bracelets with pictures of Saints relevant to the military.
As this project continued, we learned more about the harsh conditions on the ground in Afghanistan. Soldiers rarely complain. Instead, they adapt and overcome. Once their boots hit the ground and they get their bearings, they see everyone wearing these multi-colored, all-cotton scarves. They are sold on the streets and villages all over the country. For many soldiers, they provide a practical way to help overcome the bad weather and stinging sand storms. Soldiers tell stories of using them to tie off a wound, to cover their face during sand storms and they even become make shift pillows when all you have is the ground to sleep on.
When our son and nephew returned from their last deployment they encouraged us to adopt these combat scarves and use them to help raise money for our returning troops. We took their advice and have nicknamed them the “Battle Saint™ Scarves in Combat Colors”. In addition, BattleSaint™ is now partnering with veterans in the United States to offer custom embroidered “hero” bracelets, key fobs and name tags. These additional items provide a broader range of products to help raise funds.
BattleSaint™ is now focused on raising funds to help build Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund “Spirit Centers” throughout the country to treat traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. These centers will allow urgently-needed care to be brought to more troops and closer to home. The first three Intrepid Spirit centers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and Fort Campbell, Kentucky are now operational with two additional centers underway at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Hood, Texas. When you buy any BattleSaint™ item, a donation is made to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help build these Spirit Centers.
The Battle Saint™ project has been embraced by soldiers, their families, friends and even the national media. Television and radio stations across the country have featured this endeavor. The Zac Brown Band joined the cause along with the Hillbilly Vegas Band and the actors from the HBO Series “The Band of Brothers”. Today, over 100,000 supporters are wearing the BattleSaint™ bracelet and we hope to soon see many wearing the BattleSaint™ Scarves in Combat Colors. Wear the bracelet and scarf to show your support and to give back to the troops in harms way. Go to www.battlesaint.com to join the cause! 501(c)(3) Not-for-Profit application pending with the IRS
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