By Laura Taylor

FIRST GUEST: Mark Doyle, President and Co-Founder of Rags of Honor

When Mark Doyle went to Afghanistan in 2010, he saw just how hard the men and women who defend our country work.

But when he returned to The States, he noticed something unsettling: these veterans, the same people who in many cases put their lives on the line, became homeless or unemployed when they returned home.

It was then that he came up with an idea to give these vets the chance to rebuild their lives.

Rags of Honor is a custom silkscreen and apparel company that hires homeless and unemployed veterans. They have many designs to choose from at their online store, or they will print a custom design just for you!

I met Mark at the Blackhawks Convention of all places! He and a few of his men were there to sell some really cool red, white, and blue Blackhawks shirts, and I couldn’t resist– especially knowing where the money was going.

When I saw this shirt at the Blackhawks Convention, I had to get one! Unfortunately, they were going fast and were out of my size. Luckily, Rags of Honor co-founder Mark Doyle was there and offered to ship a shirt in my size directly to me. It arrived a week later. Now that's customer service! (Photo: Laura Taylor)

When I saw this shirt at the Blackhawks Convention, I had to get one! Unfortunately, they were going fast and were out of my size. Luckily, Rags of Honor co-founder Mark Doyle was there and offered to ship a shirt in my size directly to me. It arrived a week later. Now that’s customer service! (Photo: Laura Taylor)

Listen as Mark tells us about the veterans working at Rags, how the company got started, and where he hopes it will go in the future.

Learn more at ragsofhonor.us.

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AROUND CHICAGOLAND

Check out these great events:

Donate to the Anti-Cruelty Society through August 29th and it’s worth double!

– The ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge is almost over, so adopt a dog or cat from the Anti-Cruelty Society today to help them get closer to winning $100,000 for their shelter animals!

– Work out like a star at New Balance’s Girls Night Out “Train Like a Celebrity” on August 13th at 6:30 PM at their Lincoln Park location.

– Enjoy food and drinks while raising money to help those with Epilepsy during the Danny Did Foundation’s Young Professsionals Happy Hour at Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub on Thursday, August 21st.

– Adopt a pet during PAWS Chicago’s Angels with Tails in Roscoe Village on Sunday, August 24th.

– Fight prostate cancer during the 10th annual Sea Blue Prostate Cancer Walk & Run on Sunday, September 14th in Lincoln Park.

– Fight breast cancer at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Sunday, September 21st at Yorktown Center Mall in Lombard.

– Encourage an active lifestyle for your kids during the Healthy Kids Running Series in Schaumburg on select Sundays in September and October.

– Help to find a cure for Diabetes during the various JDRF Walks to Cure Diabetes on October 5th in Chicago, Palos Hills, and Schaumburg.

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Weekend Journal airs Sunday mornings at 6:30 on US995. and at 6:00 on US99.5 HD2 The Wolf.

Listen to this week’s full episode below.

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