Flags for Vets, Inc.

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Flags for Vets, Inc.

Flags for Vets, Inc.

Flags for Vets was formed on 2017 to honor our Nation’s veterans for their faithful service.

Our last recipients from this past weekend are both veterans. Meet Fabian and Erica Barrera.

Fabian served in both the Marines and the Texas National Guard. Erica served in the U.S. Air Force.

Fabian entered the service (USMC) in Aug. 1985 and was discharged in Sept. 1997. Sgt. Barrera was assigned to the 1st Battalion 8th Marines. His MOS was 2512 (Field Wire Supervisor). He earned his Combat Action Ribbon in Opertion Desert Storm.

Once his enlistment was up he transferred to the TXARNG in July 2004 as a Captain with the 3rd BN 141st Inf Regiment. He was an 11A. He was awarded a Bronze Star while deployed to OIF and a Bronze Star while deployed to OEF along with his CIB. He resigned his commission in Dec. 2013.

Erica enlisted in the USAF in Nov. 2005 and was medically retired in March. 2015 as a TSgt. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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Our last recipients from this past weekend are both veterans.  Meet Fabian and Erica Barrera.

Fabian served in both the Marines and the Texas National Guard.  Erica served in the U.S. Air Force. 

Fabian entered the service (USMC) in Aug. 1985 and was discharged in Sept. 1997.  Sgt. Barrera was assigned to the 1st Battalion 8th Marines. His MOS was 2512 (Field Wire Supervisor).  He earned his Combat Action Ribbon in Opertion Desert Storm.  

Once his enlistment was up he transferred to the TXARNG in July 2004 as a Captain with the 3rd BN 141st Inf Regiment.  He was an 11A.  He was awarded a Bronze Star while deployed to OIF and a Bronze Star while deployed to OEF along with his CIB.  He resigned his commission in Dec. 2013.

Erica enlisted in the USAF in Nov. 2005 and was medically retired in March. 2015 as a TSgt.  She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Here’s the third of four veterans honored last week during our trip to Texas.

Everyone welcome Patrick Yeoman, USMC to the Flags for Vets family. Patrick entered the service in Feb. 1996 and was discharged in Feb. 2000. Cpl. Yeoman was a military working dog handler. After his enlistment in the Corps was up, he enlisted in the Air Force in Jan. 2001 and was discharged in Jan. 2005 assigned to the 92nd Security Forces out of Fairchild AFB.

Patrick earned the rank of Ssgt. and deployed once with the 366th Expeditionary Security Forces from 10/01 - 3/02 in support of OEF.

His second deployment was with the 380th ESF from 10/03 - 3/04 in support of both OEF/OIF.

Patrick’s installation was sponsored by Shannon Bustin.
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Here’s the third of four veterans honored last week during our trip to Texas.

Everyone welcome Patrick Yeoman, USMC to the Flags for Vets family.  Patrick entered the service in Feb. 1996 and was discharged in Feb. 2000.  Cpl. Yeoman was a military working dog handler.  After his enlistment in the Corps was up, he enlisted in the Air Force in Jan. 2001 and was discharged in Jan. 2005 assigned to the 92nd Security Forces out of Fairchild AFB.

Patrick earned the rank of Ssgt. and deployed once with the 366th Expeditionary Security Forces from 10/01 - 3/02 in support of OEF.  

His second deployment was with the 380th ESF from 10/03 - 3/04 in support of both OEF/OIF.

Patrick’s installation was sponsored by Shannon Bustin.Image attachment

Our first recipient from this past weekend and our 673rd overall is Ryan Bustin, USA. Ryan entered the service in June 1996 and was honorably discharged in November 2004. SSGT Bustin was assigned to the 1/75th Ranger Regiment and deployed numerous times in support of Operations OEF/OIF.

But that’s not what’s amazing…you see Ryan was diagnosed with cancer and given FOUR DAYS to live. This disease didn’t stop him, in fact, he was just informed last week that he beat the odds and was now cancer free. Of course I’m summarizing the unbelievable courage and journey he traveled with Shannon Bustin enduring treatments and drugs to get to the other side.

What an amazing story he’s writing. I was so honored to meet him and welcome him into the FFV family.
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Our first recipient from this past weekend and our 673rd overall is Ryan Bustin, USA.  Ryan entered the service in June 1996 and was honorably discharged in November 2004.  SSGT Bustin was assigned to the 1/75th Ranger Regiment and deployed numerous times in support of Operations OEF/OIF.

But that’s not what’s amazing…you see Ryan was diagnosed with cancer and given FOUR DAYS to live.  This disease didn’t stop him, in fact, he was just informed last week that he beat the odds and was now cancer free.  Of course I’m summarizing the unbelievable courage and journey he traveled with Shannon Bustin enduring treatments and drugs to get to the other side.  

What an amazing story he’s writing.  I was so honored to meet him and welcome him into the FFV family.
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Paying it Forward

“Jamie is exactly what you would expect him to be, being a former Marine.  This man is professional and very passionate about what he does.  Thank you again Jamie”

Shane Bailey

U.S. Army veteran and recipient

I can never thank you enough for what you did for 2 Vets who just can’t believe that a stranger cared enough for them to be made to feel special. Bless you both and thank you.

Connie McCollum

“I love the support for our military!!  What a great way to show veterans we will always care about them!”

Gennifer Harris Williams

Spouse of Kenneth Williams, U.S. Army veteran and recipient

“This is truly an embodiment of how committed veterans are to service as they themselves are often the ones planting the flags for others.  An inspiration for all of us on how we should give our own skills and treasures to benefit the greater needs of others.”

Blake Busbin

U.S. History Teacher, Auburn High School

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