Meet Paul Carsola. He served from 1991 to 2015. ” I was 4 years active Army, 3 years Army Reserve, and 17 years Air Force National Guard.”
Mr. Carsola did me the favor of showing me Medals Of America. The company was founded in 1976, and today is led by Lee Foster, who is the generation Foster at Medals Of America and a 9th generation Veteran. From their website:
“Our mission will always remain the same: Honor the service, honor the sacrifice. Through our 40 years of service we stride ti maintain our brand that honors and inspires active duty, retired, and veteran service members.”
You like the tie that Mr. Carsola is wearing? It comes from Medals Of America.
“The tie I am wearing is a ribbon that most veterans have received in the last 20 years (and during other periods of war in the last decades), the National Defense Service Medal.”
Unfortunately, Medals Of America has scaled back their tie production, but there are still some left. And I am hoping that you will visit the site, perhaps purchase one in support (they are $12.97 each) and motivate Medals Of America to continue what I think is a fantastic tradition of making ties from the ribbons and awards of the military. For example:
I do want to point out their intent for these ties, which is in the copy on their site:
If you have a former or current service member in your family, you can show your pride in their service with one of our high-quality military ties. They’ll love the silk fabrication, fade-resistant, classic designs we offer. The veterans on our staff handle each item with the utmost care, so you know your gift has been prepared for our country’s best by our country’s best.
If the ties are not your jam, they do have a custom shop, which would be another way you could think about supporting.
I am not affiliated, they are not an advertiser. It’s a worthwhile click.