Next Friday on Veterans Day, I am doing a special on veterans and the struggles they face. They are overwhelming. At least 21 vets kill themselves every day. We are failing those who have never failed us.
Recently, I challenged not just myself, but everyone I work with to look at the way we do our jobs and try to do good instead of just focusing on doing well. I am so proud of the people I work with, many of whom are veterans, and their genuine devotion in making a difference.
The team at 1791, our clothing company, spent some time listening to one of the vets that works with us. Her name is Jessica, and she came up with a really great idea about doing a better job of doing good while doing business.
This month while Mercury One moves our 4000th Christian out of danger in Syria and Iraq, 1791, is doing something here at home for our vets to keep them warm this winter and get them back into the workforce.
This Veterans Day, we want to do more than just remember our heroes. We are going to make sure they have the skills and clothing needed to interview and secure a good job. For those who are still on the streets, while we work to find them shelter and a home, we also want to help keep them warm. It's a small gesture, but one that will have a significant impact.
We invite you to join us.
During the month of November, you can take an active role in giving our vets a hand up. At 1791.com/veterans, you'll find information about our One to Wear, One to Share campaign, our Add a Jacket program and our Hire a Vet project. You can also see personal stories from veterans who have experienced tough times and come through it as survivors.
Let's Come Together
We can all say we support our vets, that we love and appreciate them, and for the most part all of us do --- left and right. But during this next election week you will also find Veterans Day on the calendar. We believe this is an opportunity to show our vets through deeds --- not just words --- that we do care about them. Our country has never been more divided. Let's come together on something we can all get behind: Helping our humble and most deserving --- our vets.
I have personally partnered with companies like Wells Fargo to help build and give away houses to vets, my family of companies are working through our elected officials to improve the Veterans Administration, and our people and Mercury One have volunteered time as well as raised awareness and funding for new medical facilities and treatments that are pioneering ways to treat our vets who, all too often, fall through the cracks.
I am proud that this November 1791 will add more kindling to the fire that is burning in all of our hearts to serve these men and women. 1791 is making an effort to do business in a different way, putting our priorities in order and simply trying harder to be better men, women and people. Come with us on this journey to change our little corner of the world by changing ourselves first.
Watch the video above and then join us in any way that fits you. Even if you decide to do something entirely different without us, our hope is that what we are trying to do, sparks something great in you. Together we can make a difference.