Hero of the Day 11/26/14 - Matthew Ganceres
Where do you live?
I grew up in Copperas Cove Texas but have lived in Fort Worth for a few years now.
Tell us a little about yourself-
I will soon be returning to school to finish a degree in radiology. I just recently married my high school sweetheart. I enjoy an active lifestyle mountian biking, fishing, camping and anything else that gets me outdoors.
Which branch of service are you in?
I am currently serving in the United States Marine Corps at the rank of sergeant.
Why did you choose to serve?
I chose the Marine Corps to challenge myself and become something I could be proud of. 
What are your plans for when you are out of service/What do you do now?
I do have plans to retire from the Corps, after that I would like to pursue a career in radiation therapy.
 
Holidays are for family...not shopping. Many of you know how we at Mizzen+Main feel about discounting and sales (see Kev's Medium article on the subject). So, you can probably guess how we feel about Black Friday. 
We believe in our customers...and in providing a quality, American made product. In this vain, we've designed two amazing holiday bundles perfect for gifting:
  • 2 Mizzen+Main dress shirts & 1 Henley for $280 (Use code DOUBLE14) OR
  • 1 Mizzen+Main dress shirt & Abrams Denim for $265 (Use code ABRAMS14)

Take your pick! We are so very proud to offer our quality products in amazing bundles for the holidays! 

 

SHOP NOW while supplies last!

Hero of the Day 11/25/14 - Carter Cheek
Where do you live?
Dallas, TX
Tell us a little about yourself-
I'm a graduate of Southern Methodist University and founding member of The Rosedale Group. I am a former Army Infantry Officer and 2 tour wounded Veteran of the Global War on Terror. 
Which branch of service are you in?
Army
Why did you choose to serve?
My passion for joining the military was simply a reflection of my grandfather's service in WWII.  From an early age, I associated their lifetime of success with their wartime experiences earned overseas. The passion with which they lived their lives was directly attributable to their confidence gained in uncertain scenarios when fighting to simply see the next day.  I wanted to live that style of life and no other way.  Fast forward 12 years, I was a senior in high school when the towers fell.  In step with fellow Veterans, I raised my right hand with the desire to find, fix and finish our Nation's enemies on the field of battle.  I was able to do just that, and am forever grateful to the opportunity to serve during a wartime, but pray my children will never have that opportunity.
What are your plans for when you are out of service/What do you do now?
Currently, I work at Alsbridge, Inc. as a Business Development Executive.
 
Hero of the Day 11/24/14 - Adam Cannon
Where do you live?
Oklahoma
Tell us a little about yourself-
I grew up farming and ranching in small town Oklahoma. I'm currently an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force aspiring to be a pilot. I'm proud to say I have a beautiful family that I love very much!
Which branch of service are you in?
I'm active duty Air Force.
Why did you choose to serve?
Aviation has been a dream as long as I can remember. The opportunity to help protect and give back to my country all while pursuing that dream at the same time was what drew me to serving. A wise man once said "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life" I love it and I'm currently on my second enlistment. I'm lucky and very much honored to serve!
What are your plans for when you are out of service/What do you do now?
I intend to focus on my family and continue to reach for the sky as a professional pilot as I transition out of the service.
Hero of the Day 11/21/14 - Colten Honeycutt
Where do you live?
Deployed to Kuwait
Tell us a little about yourself-
I grew up in Mansfield, Texas. I graduated from Mansfield High School in 2011. I love hunting, fishing, playing guitar, tattoos, and Texas/Red dirt country music. I've been in the Army for going on 5 years now, and I'm currently deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Which branch of service are you in?
Army
Why did you choose to serve?
I chose to serve because I love my country, my friends, and my family. That's a cliche, but it's the truth. I wanted to do something that would benefit more than just myself, and the military was something I had wanted to do since I was a kid.
What are your plans for when you are out of service/What do you do now?
I'm not really sure that I will leave the military. Sure, I'll retire eventually, but I don't currently have any plans to leave the service.
Don't miss this awesome holiday shopping event hosted by Katey Mcfarlan of Chronicles of Frivolity! Save the date for an evening filled with cotton candy, champagne, and Mizzen+Main.


Thursday, December 11th will mark Mizzen+Main's first event designed exclusively for women. Swing by for a drink and some holiday shopping for a cause.


We will be offering exclusive packages and free gift wrap, as well as Fluff Pop, champagne drinks, and flower crowns from Oh Deery Florals.

 10% of all proceeds from the evening will go back to The Lone Survivor Foundation. 

A great night for a great cause! Space is limited and will fill up very quickly!
Don't miss out! RSVP HERE.
 
Hero of the Day 11/20/14 - Michael Jernigan
Where do you live?
Texas
Tell us a little about yourself-
I am a United States Marine that was catastrophically wounded by an IED in Iraq in 2004. I lost both of my eyes and had 45% of my cranium crushed. I underwent 30 major surgeries in the first 12 months of recovery and spent 16 months in different hospitals and rehabilitation facilities before being medically retired. Instead of hanging it up and calling it a day, I rallied with the true American spirit. I wanted to continue my commitment to our country and went back to college. I attended Georgetown University and the University of South Florida before graduating in 2012. I have maintained my spirit and continued to serve the veteran community by writing for the New York Times Homefires blog and have been featured in James Gandolfini’s HBO documentary Alive Day Memories. I currently work as the Director of Development for a veteran non-profit called Honor, Courage, Commitment. Our goal is to promote and sponsor veteran entrepreneurship. We create elite veterans by focusing on the three major components of formal education, mentorship and community service.
Which branch of service are you in?
United States Marine Corps
Why did you choose to serve?
It was a new direction for my life.
Hero of the Day 11/19/14 - Tireak C. Tulloch
Where do you live?
Huntington, NY
Tell us a little about yourself-
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 2000 as a tactical data network systems specialist. I was deployed to Iraq in 2003 with Alpha Company, 6th Communication Battalion, supporting ANGLICO Marines and Navy SEALS with classified network access along various points alongside our British counterparts. I deployed again in June 2004 to Camp Blue Diamond (located in Ar Ramadi), Iraq, where he provided technical liaison support to an Army signals unit and then handled network security for 1st Marine Division. After completing my second tour in 2005, Tireak started to look for work in his field of expertise. In 2006, I took an entry-level PC Technician position with MTA Long Island Bus. I separated from the Marine Corps in 2008 and in 2009 started a new position with MTA Long Island Rail Road as a Junior Network Engineer in the IT Department where I still am today. In 2010, I attended a retreat for combat veterans hosted by the Coming Home Project and have been advocating for veterans ever since. I am a Leadership Fellow for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for this new generation of combat veterans. For the past three years, I have participated in IAVA’s annual Storm the Hill campaign, which brings combat veterans from across the country to Washington DC to engage our elected officials from Congress to the White House on issues most pressing this new generation. 
Which branch of service are you in?
Marine Corps
Why did you choose to serve?
At the time I enlisted, I was working part time and going to school. I felt I wanted to do more than what I was already doing. So after some back and forth, I enlisted in the Marine Corps.
What are your plans for when you are out of service/What do you do now?
I have been in the Information Technology field before, during and after service.
Hero of the Day 11/18/14 - Cardell Velez
Where do you live?
Dallas, TX
Tell us a little about yourself-
I am a radiology and physical therapy manager.
Which branch of service are you in?
Air Force
Why did you choose to serve?
My father served.
What are your plans for when you are out of service?
I am out of the service already. I am in healthcare administration.
Hero of the Day 11/17/14 - Jay Buoy
Where do you live?
Fort Worth, TX
Tell us a little about yourself-
Marine Corps veteran of 8 years, Divorced father of 2, work at BNSF as a data architect, love working out, hanging out with friends, generally down for anything and everything.
Which branch of service are you in?
USMC
Why did you choose to serve?
9/11. Wanted to do my part to serve my country and help people.
What are your plans for when you are out of service?
Working at BNSF now.
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