Veterans creating jobs one t-shirt at a time
Meet the Eight-Eighties
- Duration 3:47
- Date Nov 15, 2012
Meet the Eight-Eighties
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-- -- fine thanks so much a group of military veterans who call themselves the 880s.
Won't let their golden years scandal waste forget retirement.
They're hard at work create new jobs Fred and retired US marine is the co-founder of the 880s.
And he's my guest this morning good -- from.
Good morning Gretchen now I understand that the requirement to be part of this group debate was what.
-- he had to be over eighty knew where -- had with served in the military during work on all right -- you assembled this group of fantastic.
Heroes and thanks so much for your service and what did you want to do for this country.
Well this whole thing started to three hippest guy -- Jon hood and I were in a plane flying around Kingston and guys are 94 year old pilot.
Which makes him the oldest pilot in the state in North Carolina.
-- -- the other -- -- you know the president the governor even mayor Murphy against alcoholic and talk about -- jobs.
You think there's any chance at 30 man that create a couple of jobs.
The editor to went by and Jon said we probably could that we do better if there were five -- -- man.
After the go for the next day was get out there and find yourself two or three moral -- Well on the day was over we'd actually found five -- -- -- -- the five -- -- three of -- and so now we've got eight.
And the question is are you gonna go about creating jobs for these people we didn't want to open a plant start hiring people.
In get in the day to day operations so we -- Took a piece of fabric that I had co -- a patent dominant -- years ago that we had a really fantastic run with -- on.
And when the NASA program was over that fabric went into sheets and blankets appellate cases.
And people can buy those sheets today yeah they're manufactured -- -- -- North Carolina it's just a yen.
Wonderful -- to put on a bed because if somebody has an accident.
You go from -- it to wet to dry and about 45 minutes but the fact we took the fabric and had some -- made.
I've attended both the army and the navy war colleges and we decided that run up to.
The army war college whether there and -- -- up there Larry Goodson.
-- that evidence -- to think it beautiful how much he had Meade well I think you know we're not in the lead the business of making money.
We're in the business of trying to create jobs and I got to get ten dollars.
So you you created this C shirt and you're selling it for twenty dollars and then you're setting aside some of the distribution of the profits right for the the wounded warriors.
We manufactured to shirts we shall one we give -- to either the yen.
Wounded -- battalion that -- Camp Lejeune or the wounded warrior Barrick so ripped.
See more jobs and we also -- manufacture a Lucy.
Which is a fantastic garment for women that at night sweats.
And then we brought a bunch of those down to the lady Marines.
And by the time they left we year's show them a letter that Lucy gets sent me -- it did here -- I love you and I get a full night's late.
I -- I called her husband -- -- called Lucy and said.
OK if I make copies and a solution -- Fred you do anything you want I'd like to be your international spokesperson you know what so anyway you.
You you any other.
You -- -- other -- of this group are fantastic human beings here you are creating jobs based on something that you had -- Done in your life with this patents and you're also giving back to the military this is that we're looking at a picture of you guys.
Hats off to the group of the 880s this morning.
And -- T -- And the donations that you're making back to wounded warrior thanks so much for -- jobs in our country Fred great to speak with you today.
Well it's good being with you thank you.