Steel Hearts is expanding!

We are excited to announce that our brothers and sisters of The United States Air Force Academy will be joining our Steel Hearts Family in the coming weeks/months. Stay tuned for more information and follow our social media accounts on the right to be up-to-date when we launch.

#RememberTheFallen #BeThouAtPeace

Memorial Day 2017

Steel Hearts family,

This weekend we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Please take a moment of your weekend to honor their sacrifice and consider purchasing a bracelet dedicated to the memory of our fallen classmates. Proceeds from the sale of Steel Hearts bracelets are donated to their respective charities. Be thou at peace.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them." -John F. Kennedy

 

- SH Team

Josh Powell (USMA '13)

A little over 3 months ago, we lost our brother, 1LT William Joshua Powell, after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was 27 years old. Be thou at peace Josh.

Josh was a linebacker on the Army Football team who helped secure their bowl game victory in 2010. He loved his Country and cherished the West Point brotherhood. Josh earned his Ranger tab before joining A Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, KY. 

Josh was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma two months after he met the love of his life, Fabi Calborn Powell. After getting the news that the cancer had spread, they decided to move their wedding date up and proceeded with the ceremony on November 12, 2016. Though their bonds of matrimony were cut short, Josh and Fabi loved enough for a lifetime. As his wife stated after Army's win over Navy just days before Josh took his final breath, "I think this guy may have had something to do with that W." 

Proceeds from the sale of Josh's bracelet will be donated to the Live Like JP Foundation.

http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/usma-2013/1lt-william-joshua-powell-bracelet-usma-13

Source: https://www.facebook.com/usmasteelhearts/p...

Steel Hearts at YWW

The Honorable Patrick J. Murphy (former Undersecretary of the Army) displays his Steel Hearts bracelet at USMA Class of 2019's Yearling Winter Weekend, honoring the lives of CDT Brandon Jackson and CDT Tom Surdyke.

US Army Photo by John Pellino @westpoint_usma

Class of 2019 Yearling Winter Weekend

Class of 2019 cadets, friends, and family...we are happy to announce that the Jackson/Surdyke memorial bracelet is now available for purchase on our website. If you missed the opportunity to order one for Yearling Winter Weekend, please consider purchasing one to help us honor their legacies and raise money for each of their respective charities.

Source: http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/usma-2019/y...

Army Navy 2016

This weekend marked the end of nearly a decade and a half of consecutive Army losses to Navy in football. During that time, thousands of young men and women have passed through the halls of West Point without once standing victorious on the fields of friendly strife. For our fallen brothers and sisters, like Sal Corma (USMA '08), this would've been their first time witnessing an Army victory. On Saturday, Sal was with us in full spirit for the big win. His memory, like so many others, lives on. Go Army, Beat Navy!!!

Sal Corma's bracelet (USMA '08) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA at the 2016 Army Navy game

Source: https://www.facebook.com/usmasteelhearts/p...

Andy Byers (USMA '08)

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our brother, CPT Andrew Byers, West Point Class of 2008. Two days ago, Andy was taken from us during a clash with enemy forces in Northeastern Afghanistan. On his third deployment (second as a green beret), Andrew was the team leader of a Special Forces HALO team. Be thou at peace Andy.

All proceeds from Andy's bracelet will go to a charity of his family's choosing.

http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/usma-2008/cpt-andrew-byers-bracelet

Source: https://www.facebook.com/usmasteelhearts/p...

Army Ten Miller + Steel Hearts

This past weekend our fallen cadets were honored at the Army Ten Miler. Thank you to @tapsorg @mdw_usarmy for the photo.

To honor their legacies further, please visit our website and consider purchasing one of their bracelets. All proceeds will be donated to charities of their respective families' choosing.

CDT Tom Surdyke (USMA '19):
http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/tom-surdyke/tom-surdyke-bracelet

CDT Brandon Jackson (USMA '19):
http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/brandon-jackson/cdt-brandon-jackson-bracelet

CDT Mitchell Winey (USMA '18):
http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/mitchell-winey/cdt-mitchell-winey-bracelet-usma-18

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CDT Brandon Jackson (1996-2016)

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of Cadet Brandon Jackson. Brandon of Queens, NY, was killed in a car accident on the morning of September 11th, 2016. He was 20 years old. All proceeds from the sale of the CDT Brandon Jackson Bracelet will be donated to a charity designated by the surviving family. Be thou at peace Brandon.

http://www.usmasteelhearts.org/brandon-jackson/cdt-brandon-jackson-bracelet

Brandon "Action Jackson" or "B-Jack", was a beloved teammate, brother, and friend to many. As the son of an Iraq War veteran mother, his commitment to military service was more than a vocation; he carried with him the blood an American patriot. On the field, he was a young leader and embodied the warrior ethos, playing in all 14 games since his arrival in 2015, amassing 68 career tackles and three interceptions. There are no words to describe this tragic loss for our nation, only prayers and condolences for Brandon's family, the Army team, and the United States Corps of Cadets in their time of grief.

Remembering September 11th, 2001 (15 Years Later)

15 years ago today, The United States of America was cowardly attacked by terrorists in the name of evil. As we honor and remember the victims of September 11th, 2001, let us also celebrate the strength of our nation. In the wake of ash and rubble, our country stood strong and our flag was raised high. While the acts of that day shook us to our core, it also awakened a fire in the belly of our nation and a call to service by an untold number of American patriots. For their service and sacrifice, we are eternally grateful.

Bracelets Around the World

"No Mediocrity"

Dan Hyde's bracelet on the summit crater of Mount Rainier (14,410) - Washington state's highest point! 

Let us know where you've brought your bracelets!

More Bracelets Around the World

"For Your Freedom and Mine."

The Daren Hidalgo (USMA '09) bracelet made an appearance yesterday at the All American Marathon in Fort Bragg, NC.

Where has your bracelet been? Send us a picture of your bracelet with a caption and we will proudly share it with our Steel Hearts family.

Bracelets Around the World, Part I

"Always Remember, Never Surrender!"
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Let's kick this series off with Jason Jones '07 Bracelet on Mt. Adams, WA

Have you taken your bracelet to any cool places? Snap a picture and share it with us and we will post it to our page and blog!

Companies with similar values

We would like to highlight from time to time companies that we think share similar values to our mission statement.  First on the list is a company started by a classmate of ours, Mario '07.  Check out his SockWorks company if you need some new threads for your feet...and also would like to have some of your proceeds contributed to a good cause.

http://www.sockwork.com/



From their website:

At Sockwork, we give you the best sock subscription available. Our sock subscription gives you the perfect mix, great prices and customization. We provide Men's, Women's, and Kids' Sock Subscriptions and a Men's Boxer Brief subscription. 

Tina and I started this company as a way to combine two of our passions: supporting our Veterans and wearing awesome socks. Our first passion, helping Veterans, is important because we've seen first hand how difficult and time consuming it is for veteran charities to raise money. I'm a West Point graduate and former Army Officer and Tina's sister served in the Army with me. 

We hope our sock subscription service will help to pioneer a new business model amongst veteran entrepreneurs where we all support veteran charities to keep a constant source of funding going to America's heroes who need it most. At Sockwork, we donate 10% of our profits to a different veteran charity each month. Our hope is that donations to these non-profits will steadily rise through our own success and the addition of new businesses adopting our model. 

Join our Sock Subscription today and let us keep your sock game on point! 

If you are a veteran charity interested in being sponsored, or if you are a business looking to donate to the charities we support, please reach out to us at info@sockwork.com.

“We wanted to start something that had meaning and can't think of a better cause than supporting our Veterans. We hope you enjoy your Sockwork Sock Subscription”!

Mario & Tina

Founders, Sockwork

Friends of Steel Hearts

We were honored to have our friends share photos of their bracelets across social media and to spread the word amongst their friends.  Clay '07 recently shared this photo of Dan Hyde's bracelet.  

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Thank you for your support!

As of last night we have sold over 200 bracelets and raised over $3000 for charity.  We have been in "operation" for less than 6 months, and we hope to continue to expand our class offerings. Our goal is to raise $10,000 by 12 months - please help us by spreading the word about our cause and by sharing our page across social media.

As Joe is apt to say: this is a three-man operation, and we are constantly on the lookout for help and assistance.  Glenn, class of '07, has generously offered to help out with some LNO duties across classes.  So far, that's our team!  

As active duty Army infantry officers, we're subject to deployments, long training events, and MDMP sessions that go for days.  Time is a valuable resource, and we understand that.  Any amount of help you can give will be much appreciated!

Please keep in mind that this is NOT a for-profit endeavor.  We've received a lot of offers to help...in exchange for monetary compensation.  Unfortunately, we're just three guys trying to making a difference, not a full-fledged non-profit able to pay salaries.  We literally can't afford to pay people for help.  And that's not the point of this, either.  We're here to honor our friends and classmates' memories and to give back to those families that have given so much.  

In closing, we just want to say thank you to everyone that has supported us. No dollar amount or college scholarship will ever assuage the pain that comes from the loss of our friends, our classmates, our brothers, our sisters, our sons, our daughters, our fathers, and our mothers. We only hope to do what little we can to honor their sacrifice.

What this is all about

"If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.

Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.

And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind."

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

USMA Classes of 2005 and 2006 Added

Today we have added the classes of 2005 and 2006. This memorial day weekend purchase a bracelet to honor the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters and help us raise money for these great charities. Be thou at peace.