Meet the Veterans of 4P

It's no exaggeration to say we owe our freedom to United States veterans.

Just think how different our world would be today had not so many brave men and women fought for our country throughout the many decades.

The liberty we enjoy today in our everyday lives is because of them and the sacrifices they made. And that includes us here at 4Patriots, and what we do to help people become more self-sufficient.

Now, you may already know that our own Frank Bates served his country during the Vietnam War. And that Cade Courtney is a former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander.

But what you may not know are the number of other proud U.S. military veterans on our 4Patriots team. As well as the unsung heroes among our loyal 4Patriots customers and their families.

So our team took to social media. We reached out asking customers and veterans alike to share their stories and their shout outs regarding the proud men and women that serve this country. Both past and present.

But before we get to that, we here at 4Patriots wanted to share a few words from two of our very own proud veterans on what this holiday means to them.

From Frank Bates:

"I joined the Navy right out of college," Frank said. "Why did I go?

"It was what people who wanted to be able to hold their heads up high were supposed to do.

"Today, many of our brave young men and women are doing the exact same thing in various places around the globe.

"Some Americans today don't have the slightest clue what kind of sacrifice was made for them. Or what kind of sacrifices today's soldiers are making on their behalf. But fortunately, many do."

From Cade Courtley:

"The time I served in the SEAL Teams was the greatest experience of my life," Cade said.

"I'm honored to reply to anyone that thanks me for my service with, 'It was my pleasure and you were worth it!'

"This Veterans Day, try and reach out and thank as many who have served as possible.

"Most will probably reply the same way. A huge thanks to my brothers and sisters who have and are currently serving."

Unsung Heroes

Veterans Day means many things to many people. From veteran family members to those who have served themselves.

Here are just some of the responses we received from those wishing to pass recognition and give thanks on this holiday:

"My Dad. Totally behind the scenes. Raised on a cattle ranch, he enlisted and was shipped off to the Philippines. My brother joined the Army just out of college, my husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War and his son is in the Air Force. God bless those who step up and stand up for America and our Land of Liberty." ‚Äď Mary H.

"I am thankful for my Daddy. He is a retired Marine who served in the Vietnam War and saw things that most of us could not even imagine. He raised six children. When he retired, he joined our local police force and stayed on it until my Momma got sick (leukemia). He then took such great care of her. He is truly my hero." ‚Äď Renee S.

Carrying on Family Traditions

"My husband, Jack, is my everything. He lived a year in Vietnam and was booed when he came home. He had stones thrown at him and was called 'baby killer.' He will always be my hero. And I will love him to the day I die." ‚Äď Mary C.

"My husband, Don, was in Vietnam. He served 22 years in the Air Force and Army. After retirement, he volunteered as a service officer, helping vets get the benefits they need. He is 78 and still helping vets whenever he can. He is my hero." ‚Äď LaVerne S.

"My nephew, CW3 Ryan Drouin, CH-47 pilot. Four tours in Afghanistan and two years in Iraq. Now he's a UH-60 MEDEVAC pilot, being deployed again." ‚Äď Jay M.

Turning the Spotlight on America's Veterans this Holiday

Every day we here at 4Patriots look to give back to those who've given so much to us.

And with every 4Patriots Survival Food Kit you purchase, we donate a portion to charities that support our veterans and their families.

Including Operation Homefront, Fisher House, A Soldier's Child-Foundation and Team Rubicon.

You can feel good knowing that you're supporting our veterans while getting the peace of mind that comes from having a survival food stockpile.

Our most popular package is the 3-Month Survival Food Kit. And you can get it today with an easy monthly payment plan.

You can get the details right here


  • Judith D Mitchell - November 23, 2019

    On a recent email Frank Bates asked, ‚Äúare you a veteran?‚ÄĚ No. From 1962 to 1972 I was a military dependent. I was married to a Staff Sargent in the Air Force. He died in April of 1972 in an automobile accident not long after leaving the military service. While he was in the military he was a sheet metal expert . His job was to work on the skins of air craft to keep them in the air. He was in the Panama Canal during the 1963 riots. As dependents I was there with my 9 month old son. Dependents that did not have base housing were evacuated to the states.

    Richard was also in Viet Nam for 2 years. After he left the service he began to drink. Nothing anyone said seemed to help. A friend told me he was taking cold medicine with alcohol at a bar when he left work. It’s assumed he fell asleep at the wheel and the car veered off the road and hit a very large tree.
    I remember the way he reacted and the things we both had problems with the culture after he left the service.

    I always watch PBS on Veterans day because it gives out the stories about different families experiences who have a veteran.

    A few years ago the stories about PTSD were beginning to surface and I recognized things other Veterans were going through. I believe now what I used to call Culture Shock was PTSD. This year I watched stories about Pets For Vets. The stories are inspiring. The information I glean from PBS brodcasts each year has helped me gain a lot of knowledge into the plight of returning Veterans.

    My dad served in the army and was trained as a tank driver during WWI. He never saw action because he broke his leg during training. My brother served 8 years in the Navy and was stationed on a minesweeper. I remember the stories he told about sweeping the oceans for old bombs left there after the war.

    I blog on a website called There are military veterans writing on the website and participating on the websites activities. It’s another good place to keep up with problems and solutions to the lives of Veterans. I do wish we had this knowledge earlier for WWI and beyond.

    I saw a commercial on TV about the power packs 4Patriots is selling. When I received the first order I knew it was going to be the right gift for Christmas to my families. God Bless you all.

  • VIOLET - November 23, 2019

    Our immediate family had 2 outstanding men of courage, our veterans: my cousin was declared the last P.O.W. of the Vietnam war…he was in the AIR FORCE,.and flying a flight over Laos when his plane was shot down , he was captured. He was in prison in several places as reported by others who knew about him, Lt. Charles Shelton…from Owensboro, Ky. His wife died trying to find him…he left behind 5 children and a massive, empty, grief for him. As far as we know, his remains were never found, though someone somewhere probably knows. The second man was my husband who served in the U.S. ARMY, after the end of the Vietnam War…keeping the machines running and doing his share to help his farm family back home and the freedom of the U.S.A….

  • Keeth - November 23, 2019

    Vietnam (Seabees) 2 years Fall of 66 ‚Äď Fall of 68. Retired 22 years in 1980.

  • YVonne FIler - November 23, 2019

    I do not want any more stuff I’m fine so you can stop sending me these I am nota veteran my husband was but he has pass thank you any ways

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