We are proud to name this year’s class of American-Made Heroes: five inspiring veterans who continue to answer the call to serve. We are honored to support their charities through the American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund, and feature each of them on our Evan Williams American Hero Edition bottles.
chris reder PETTY OFFICER
DTOM 22/0 Foundation and Veterans Ranch
Chris enlisted at age 17 and served as a Cryptologic Naval Intelligence Analyst for seven years. When a life-changing accident ended his career, he established the DTOM 22/0 Foundation & Veterans Ranch as a place for fellow veterans to find hope and healing.
deandria l. hardy CORPORAL
U.S. MARINE CORPS
DeAndria served for five years as an Ammunition Technician, including a tour in Senegal with Operation Western Accord. After overcoming her own struggles as a female veteran, she started the BattleBetty Foundation to support and empower other service women.
mike arena MASTER SERGEANT
U.S. AIR FORCE (RET.)
Healing Paws for Warriors
Mike served for 23-years as an interservice combat medic, earning numerous medals and commendations across five military campaigns. In 2015, he co-founded Healing Paws for Warriors to give veterans a new "leash on life" by pairing them with service dogs.
marilyn kelly-cavotta STAFF SERGEANT
U.S. ARMY (RET.)
Marilyn re-enlisted as a combat medic after 9/11. She served with distinction in Iraq, while providing medical care to over 4,000 troops. Now, she rides with Shamrock Reins: a nonprofit organization specializing in equine therapy for veterans and their families.
shirley dominick Major
U.S. Air Force (RET.)
Serve Our Willing Warriors
Throughout her 22-year career, Shirley led critical communications initiatives at the Pentagon and across Europe. Today, she is the President and Co-founder of Willing Warriors: a nonprofit providing a respite for wounded service members and disabled veterans.
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