Mark Doyle, founder of “Rags of Honor”, says that the two most profound words in the English language are “You’re hired”.
Mark served as a forensic accountant in Afghanistan for the Army. There he developed a deep thankfulness and respect for the men and women who served in the United States military. The things that stood out to him the most was their commitment and service.
When Mark returned home, he learned that the unemployment rate of returning veterans was around 25%. Without employment, a large number of those veterans ended up living on the streets or in homeless shelters. With over 2,000 homeless veterans in Chicago alone, Mark felt that he had to do something. He could no longer stand by while the people who sacrificed everything for their country were discarded and left to fend for themselves on the streets of the very country they served.
Without a plan or a building, Mark started “Rags of Honor” in 2012 with his own savings. He found 4 homeless veterans and gave them jobs in his new silk-screen printing venture.
Through the determination and commitment of the veterans he hired, Mark’s company has seen a steady increase in sales and clients. Rags of Honor now employs 22 veterans.
Mark has no plans of slowing down. His mission is to be the largest employer of homeless veterans in the country, “I may not be able to change the whole world, but I can change the world around me.”
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