Combat Boots to Top Hats
Billy and Matt, two of the three founding members of Patriot Chimney, met while serving our country in the United States Marine Corps. They served in Afghanistan together in 2010 with another member of our team, Kyle.
When they were discharged from military service, Billy and Kyle moved back home to Roanoke, while Matt moved back to Asheville. Eventually, they were all together again when Matt moved to Roanoke, where he was able to find work in the chimney industry. One thing lead to another and we started Patriot Chimney with a goal of being the best. Much like the mindset they learned in the military.
As an effort to stay true to our roots, we started the nonprofit Combat Boots to Top Hats, in order to lower the barrier of entry for combat veterans looking to learn the chimney and dryer trade. Combat Boots to Top is a 100% volunteer organization on the front lines fighting to help our veterans.
Patriot Chimney’s Roots Trace back to the Military
The Facts: Why We Do It
Veterans report that finding a job is the top challenge they face when transitioning into civilian life.
Patriot Chimney’s founders agree, since they witnessed this first hand during their transition period.
We’ve found that there are three main reasons:
- Military work doesn’t exactly provide transferrable skills to civilian work force
- There are a lot of hurdles to certifications and education
- Many veterans have hindering disabilities, such as PTSD.
All of that helps contribute to:
Higher Unemployment Rate than Non-Veterans
Which is exactly what we’re working to fix.