Welcome, Patriot. My name is Danny and I'm the co-founder of Freedom & Victory: my family's American lifestyle clothing brand that has the back of every military household.
We give a percentage of each garment sale on our website to veterans philanthropic endeavors. To date, Freedom & Victory has contributed to humanitarian efforts for the 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, STEAM education and community workouts to support veterans' mental health, and was appointed to the Advisory Board of a United States Marine Corps Memorial Foundation.
At this pivotal moment, I've been increasingly reflecting on growing up with my mom while dad was in the service, and through this lens, Freedom & Victory is eager to dedicate more charitable resources toward serving military spouses and children going forward.
Originally from Sacramento, California and now living in Fort Worth, Texas, moving every few years was common during my youth. My father, a Desert Storm and Vietnam veteran, was pursuing a medical career that required several relocations: from the West Coast to New York City, then to small towns across the Mid-Hudson Valley region, my mother and I transferred to each new community alongside him, and eventually established roots near Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.
Danny Sr. during Operation Desert Storm
Visiting the base with dad, I strongly remember witnessing the epic mass of the C-5 Galaxy and C-130 Hercules planes landing and surrounding the colossal hangars; exploring sweet treats, food, and other essentials at the Base Exchange (BX); and standing at his side when he announced retirement following the first Gulf War. Through it all, I recognize now how much we were guided by courage and faith while navigating the complexity and ambiguity of frequent household shifts in the 1980's and 90's. After my father's duty concluded, military culture continued to touch our lives. We frequently participated in sports and cultural events at nearby United States Military Academy West Point, where I also competed in track races at the Gillis Field House.
Danny Sr. in Vietnam
Access to these emotional and physical outlets helped me begin to transform feelings of volatility and uncertainty from all the family's displacements into an eagerness to pursue more balance, better understanding, and hope later in life, which brought me and my own family to Texas, where Freedom & Victory lives on.