As Positive Patriot continues to grow we see some pretty amazing things in our community.
We were contacted by an active supporter of Direct Tire raving about a dedicated and loving single mother who also goes to nursing school full-time. Her story is humbling and will really restore your faith in humanity. We are honored to have met Venessa and welcome her to our Positive Patriot family. Thank you, Venessa, for being a wonderful mother and friend and an even bigger inspiration.
Late last month my friend told me about a friend of his whose life had just been flipped upside down. And so it goes, I am sharing this heartbreaking story with you.
Chris and his wife Michelle had been married just over a year and were on their way to happily ever after. On July 18th their beautiful baby girl was born here in Austin. Sadly, on July 26th Michelle lost her life due to a complication that went unnoticed. Michelle formed a blood clot in one of her legs and was not noticed due to the natural swelling a mother goes through during pregnancy. I can't even fathom what Chris is going through today. He went from an all time high to losing his best friend and facing raising a child on his own. Sitting in church on Sunday my heart absolutely broke for Chris. Tears filled my eyes because of the shame I felt for being too busy just two nights before to truly open my heart to a good friend that was sharing this story with me. Then the tears stayed because I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be like losing Amanda so unexpectedly.
How it relates.
For those of you that don't know, my company Direct Tire has a program called Positive Patriot. Positive Patriot gives a free set of tires to military veterans and single parents for every thirty sets of tires the company sells. We are only a few sets of tires away from our next gift but I felt in my heart it wasn't tires that needed to happen this time.
Why reach out.
I truly felt God asking me to use the resources that He has given me to do good in this man's darkest hour. See, I have never met Chris but know that nothing he did put him in this unimaginable position. I have donated the same amount that would normally go to tires through Positive Patriot to help Chris prepare for the road ahead. To show Chris that he isn't alone and to give him a little hope that everything is going to be okay.
How you can help.
Many of you are married, have kids or have lost someone you love. I am asking for the help of my family, friends, supporters and fellow Austinites to give up one thing this week in order to love Chris this week instead.
A GoFund Me page has been created to help start a college fund for Clara. No gift is too small and no prayer unworthy. I am asking you to give, if you can, or share this post so others may have the chance. I will be sure to post updates throughout the month to keep everyone up to date and will post all numbers publicly on August 20th. I want everyone to know what we were able to do as a body of people and where every penny went.
What we are trying to accomplish.
I believe that with your help we can help take some of the weight off of Chris' shoulders and show him love he surely needs. Our vision is to setup a college fund for his newborn baby, supply diapers/formula, gas cards, and child care. This truly isn't about one set number. Its all about loving someone like we would want to be loved if the situation was reversed.
Positive Patriot begins with us proudly introducing you to Sergeant Jay Kelly Fain Jr. (RET) who is a Combat Wounded War-fighter that served in the United States Army. Jay served from 2005-2008 and was wounded in June of 2007. The day was June 26th, 2007 when Jay was headed to Camp Taji with another platoon. Jay was heading to Camp Taji process out for R&R and head home for a couple weeks. Along the way, the Humvee he was traveling hit an IED/EFP. Jay suffered many injuries such as shrapnel wounds, third degree burns and eventually the amputation of his right leg, all the way up to his hip.
Getting to know Jay and learning more about his story, we couldn't have asked for a more deserving person to be our first Positive Patriot recipient. Overcoming the struggle that comes with adjusting to a new way of life from his injuries, Jay decided that this new chapter in life wouldn't be his defining chapter. Jay was outfitted with several prosthetic devices and in less than a year, after his arrival to the Center for the Intrepid, he was walking freely and independently. Jay was medically retired from the United States Army in 2008.
Many of those that are closest to Jay will say that he is inspiring, well-natured, fun, and ultimately a loving man. Jay now enjoys traveling, public speaking, and playing golf. He is a self-taught golfer, having competed in many golf tournaments including the Warrior Open hosted by President Bush, 43rd. His portrait hangs in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, being painted by President Bush, 43; during his treatment and recovery. Jay now lives in Austin, Texas with his dog Soonee. He works at Rogue American Apparel as the Director of Operations over Disciples of Iron
It was an honor to serve and support Jay for all that he has given and all he continues to do. Stories like Jay's are the very reasons Positive Patriot was founded and what motivates us to serve as many people as we can. Allowing our customers to be apart of something that impacts military veterans and single parents within their community is something that we truly cherish.
Jay thank you again and know we've got your six!
When Zach first began his professional journey, he came across a verse that read "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?". This verse encouraged Zach to create a purpose for Direct Tire beyond being profitable. After months of brainstorming, Zach finally developed Positive Patriot.
Positive Patriot is a program dedicated to lending a helping hand to single parents and showing military veterans that we've got their six. Being raised by a single parent as a child, Zach knows first hand how it impacts everyone involved. Since Zach wasn't able to help his mother then, this is his way of helping other single parents stress a little less and smile a little more. Zach's decision to include military veterans in Positive Traction came from a grateful heart. Understanding without the consistent support and sacrifice of the United States Military, he would not be able to chase his dream of being a local business owner.
For every thirty sets of four tires or wheels that Direct Tire sells, Positive Patriot will give away a set of free tires. Positive Patriot recipients will alternate between these two resilient groups of people and be local to the Austin area. Positive Patriot is giving away its first set of tires to a disabled military veteran on May 30, 2017.
"Being a single parent is not a life full of struggles, but a journey for the strong."
"On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no man behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no Veteran behind."