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There are few things in the US that are as American as Kentucky Straight Bourbon. How American is it? In 1964, the United States Congress actually declared bourbon to be a “distinctive product of the USA”, thereby protecting its name and its production methods from foreign counterfeiting.
There are also few American things that help each other in times of crisis. And right now, as we all know, these are incredibly challenging times. Fortunately, people in the United States work hard to help one another.
This American spirit can also be found in companies like Evan Williams. During a global pandemic, Evan Williams unveils his veteran-made American-Made Heroes Foundation. This new foundation is designed to support nonprofits that work with the veteran community and help the brave Americans who have served our country – especially those who may have additional problems due to this ongoing health crisis.
Evan Williams has grown into one of the largest bourbon brands in the world, known for its smooth taste and value. They’ve shown the world that you don’t have to pay outrageous prices or grapple with disgusting gadgets to enjoy a great bourbon. And as they grew, they went to great lengths to give back – the American-Made Heroes Foundation is Evan Williams’ way of giving back to those who have served.
With the COVID-19 outbreak, many things in life were put on hold. Many nonprofits that support veterans and their families have had to cease operations to figure out what their next steps are. These nonprofits need help more than ever, and Evan Williams is committed to helping them. The American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund awards grants of up to, 000 to support nonprofits in the United States that provide services to US military veterans affected by COVID-19.
If you work for a 501c3 nonprofit that advocates for veterans, apply for funding here.
Each year they honor six inspiring veterans who have dedicated their lives to serving our country and its people. After Evan Williams selects veterans for honor, he features these heroes and their extraordinary stories of honor, valor, and service to their community on a special edition bottle.
This year they honored and donated six amazing Americans to each Veteran’s charity. Here is a small selection of the selected heroes. We encourage you to check out the other stories that are just as inspiring:
Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez
Eduardo “Eddie” Ramirez is from San Francisco, California, where he studied electrical engineering and worked at the NASA Research Center. At the age of 21, he joined the US Air Force in 1981 and began a 22-year career that would take him to Japan, Germany, Italy and Spain. En route, he served in the Gulf War, earned five advanced degrees, and had two children – both born abroad.
“There are so many different opportunities the military has to offer,” says Eddie, who took full advantage of the training and education programs that have taught him persistence, determination, and attention to detail. He worked as a ground equipment mechanic in the aerospace industry, radio operator and professional military training instructor before retiring in 2003 as flight director of the Airmen Leadership School.
Eddie completed his Masters in Public Administration and worked for the Department of Labor before moving to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a mental health administrator, he campaigned for veterans for nearly a decade and developed strategies for improving VA processes. “I always felt responsible and gave something back to my fellow veterans,” says Eddie. His friends describe him as a “big guy with a big heart”.
After 35 years federal employment, Eddie returned to the Bay Area to pay her forward. He is the founder and CEO of OneVet OneVoice: a nonprofit that supports some of California’s 1.8 million veterans with health, education, housing and employment opportunities. He also founded the American Legion Cesar E. Chavez Post # 505, the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, and the Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.
Eddie selected OneVet OneVoice as his charity for this year. For more information on her mission, please visit https://onevetonevoice.org/.
Missionary. Marine. Advocate. There are many ways for a person to serve, and Jonathan Hiltz did it all. Jon grew up in Mexico helping the poor and joined the US Marine Corps after the events of September 11th. He sent with the 8th Marine Regiment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Fallujah, where he worked for a year as a specialist in nuclear-biological chemical defense.
“The Marines were kind of counter-cultural to what I did [before]”, Explains Jon. As a missionary,” I served people, helped people – and then went to war. “In reality, the military was just a different kind of service. It did a little of everything: weapon detection, interior guard , Convoy security – even handing out ballots to Iraqis to facilitate their first election.
After finishing the service, Jon decided to leave the Marines and return to his missionary roots. He enrolled at St. Louis Christian College and volunteered to help the homeless. “It was just an evolution,” says Jon of his work. “What are the needs? I’ll start ticking the boxes. “He is the founder of the Arise Veteran Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri; and Love Goes: a nonprofit that works to fight poverty in southern Illinois.
Today Jon lives with his wife Amber and three children in Marion, Illinois, where he also works as a peer support specialist at VA Medical Center. There he helps other veterans cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse. “I often use my story to help other people,” he says, referring to his own struggles with PTSD. “I was in battle too. You can always do better. You can have a good career. Sometimes you just need help. “
To learn more about Love Goes Jon donated for, visit the website: lovegoes.org
Mary Tobin grew up watching her mother do everything in her power to help those in need – even when her own family didn’t have much. At the age of 17, she left Atlanta, Georgia to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. In her third year of training, September 11th changed the course of her career drastically. She posted to Iraq six months after graduation: the only woman and black officer in her unit.
“Everything I’ve ever learned about leadership, I learned on that first mission,” says Mary, who also earned her the Combat Action Badge. She did a second assignment in Iraq with the Combat Aviation Brigade before becoming the chief of a military intelligence unit in South Korea. It wasn’t long before the injuries she suffered in Iraq caught up with her: she ended her 10-year career. For the first time, Mary was a soldier without a mission.
Driven by the commitment she made at West Point to a lifetime of selfless service to the nation, Mary began working with volunteer organizations that supported veterans, women of color, and the homeless. including USA Cares and Community Solutions. “I had to feel like I was making a positive impact on someone or something,” she explains. “I’ve served with some pretty amazing people. I want to live a life worthy of those who gave their lives for our freedom. “
Mary has selected The Mission Continues as a charity, where she currently serves as the executive director. Mission Continues: is a national not-for-profit that empowers veterans to become leaders in their communities and supports efforts to transform the neighborhood. “I’m a product of what happens when you stop calling me broken and tell me I’m strong,” she says. “There are millions of ‘little Marys’ out there who need THIS Mary to remind them that they can be anything they want. It’s the least I can do. “
To learn more about The Mission Continues, visit https://missioncontinues.org/.
In addition to granting grants to these veterans’ nonprofits, Evan Williams has given over $ 0,000 to 501c3 organizations that have served veterans and the wider military community for the past five years. And while that’s by no means generous, they’re not done yet.
Visit American-MadeHeroes.com to learn more about the foundation.
Thank you Evan Williams for not just throwing a patriotic picture on your bottle. Thank you for honoring veterans by putting them right next to your brand and giving them to organizations that serve those who have served.
This post was sponsored by Evan Williams.