Weekend Journal: Celebrate the 4th by Helping a Vet with a T-Shirt from Rags of Honor!

FIRST GUEST: Mark Doyle, Founder of Rags of Honor, a custom silk-screen apparel company dedicated to hiring homeless and unemployed veterans

After spending time in Afghanistan, Mark Doyle saw just how hard the men and women who fight for our freedoms work.

Yet, upon returning to the U.S., it became clear that many vets don’t have the same opportunities they did before their deployment. Homelessness and unemployment are two of the biggest problems our veterans face. That’s what led to the idea of a company by veterans for veterans.

Rags of Honor is a custom silk screen company based in Chicago dedicated to hiring homeless and unemployed veterans. Each man and woman Mark brings on board learns the in’s and out’s of screen printing and what it takes to run a business.

I first heard about Rags of Honor at last year’s Blackhawks Convention. Mark and his crew brought a bunch of shirts, including this red, white, and blue Blackhawks design that sold out in minutes! Mark was nice enough to take my information down and ship it to me as soon as another batch was printed! I get more compliments on this thing…

I love my Blackhawks themed Rags of Honor tee! Check out more designs, or make a custom shirt, at ragsofhonor.us.

I love my Blackhawks themed Rags of Honor tee! Check out more designs, or make a custom shirt, at ragsofhonor.us.

I’m sporting this shirt all weekend to celebrate our nation’s independence! Check out the new camo Blackhawks design at the Rags of Honor store. You can peruse all the designs here.

They’ve also got designs for folks who fought in Vietnam, a whole bunch of Chicago designs, and more.

So why not purchase a shirt made in America printed by a veteran? What a perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July!

And here’s another way to support the veterans Mark is helping out. His band The Ramova Brothers is putting on a benefit show next Sunday, July 12th at Martyrs’, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. For $20, you’ll see a great concert, and know that the proceeds benefit the Rags of Honor 1 Foundation, a non-profit organization providing support services to military veterans employed by Rags of Honor. The show starts at 6:00 pm.

Another way to help is by reaching out to Mark directly at mark@ragsofhonor.us. They’re relocating to a larger facility and may need some volunteers to help with the process. Or maybe you or someone you know is a veteran that’s interested in learning more about the company.

Rags of Honor is changing the lives of veterans one T-shirt at a time, by giving them a living wage and the skills they need to get back into society! Mark’s vision to expand the company and have 25 vets working for him full-time by the end of the year is so noble and respectable– we can’t say enough good things about the man!

Check out ragsofhonor.us to learn more.

SECOND GUEST: Dr. Janet Krone Kennedy, clinical psychologist, founder of NYC Sleep Doctor, and author of The Good Sleeper: The Essential Guide to Sleep for Your Baby (and You)

Soon-to-be moms know to expect sleepless nights, especially in those first few months after bring Baby home from the hospital. But how can parents make sure they and their baby are getting the right amount of sleep and good quality sleep?

Dr. Kennedy explains that babies need tons of sleep– sometimes up to 20 hours a day! So what should your baby’s sleep schedule look like in the first few months of his or her life?

And what soothing strategies are best if your baby is fussy or wakes up at night? She warns against immediately going into the nursery at the first sign of noise simply because the baby might not actually be awake yet. Going into the room may actually wake Baby up, which is counter-productive. Dr. Kennedy offers other ways to soothe your baby back to sleep.

Plus, what are the pros and cons of “attachment parents” who may opt to co-sleep? Dr. Kennedy says there are some bonding benefits to this, but a fine line separates bonding with real dangers and further problems with sleeping down the road.

And what if you’ve got toddlers in your home, too, who are also at risk of losing sleep with a new baby in the house? Dr. Kennedy offers tips on how to handle a houseful of tired people!

Learn more at NYCSleepDoctor.com.

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

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