It’s not uncommon that folks nowadays don’t know much about their great-grandparents. For Chief Warrant Officer Nathan Tierney, it was not until after his wife’s grandfather died that he learned of Grandpa Van Allen’s experiences and accomplishments as a soldier. It seems too often veterans keep stories to themselves or worse – take them to the grave. “If you asked any kid about their great-grandparents, chances are they wouldn’t know much about them,” Tierney says.
With this in mind, Tierney set out to create an online channel for veterans to share their tales and experiences with younger generations, so they could learn of the sacrifices made by soldiers while serving in the armed forces. Not long after, The Frontlines was created.
Run by Tierney, with some assistance from his wife, he launched the non-profit site on Veterans Day of this year. He also incorporated a CafePress shop to sell The Frontlines logoed merchandise to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, founded by a group of veterans with an objective to provide tangible support for the wounded and help them on the road to healing, physically and mentally.
Tierney plans to donate 100% of the proceeds from his sales go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
“It’s really about getting the word out. We’re not trying to make a political statement, but there should be just reasons for going to war. These stories will allow people to decide for themselves,” explains Tierney.
Even though his website has just launched, Tierney has great ideas to get readers involved, such as hosting a design contest and selling the winning design in his CafePress shop.
Tierney is currently on active duty in the U.S. Army and spends his free time working on his Frontlines website in hopes to have all vets, and their family and friends “honor and empower wounded warriors, raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women.”