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[HAS HEART] is a Michigan-based nonprofit organization established by 8-year U.S. Navy Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe and artist/designer, Tyler Way. Originally united over a cup of coffee in 2010, they quickly discovered the disconnect between their two worlds.

They realized the power of the creative process once Michael met a local quadriplegic Marine who loved t-shirts and asked Tyler to co-create a design that shared his story. Since then, the HERO[series] has continued to pair Veterans with designers for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.

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“Without their sacrifice, there is no freedom of…”

BY SHARING YOUR STORY WITH AN ARTIST,

IT BECOMES SOMETHING CREATIVE…

THE DESIGN IS A PIECE OF YOU, AND BY RELEASING IT,

YOU WILL HOPEFULLY BE IMPACTING OTHERS.

-Monique Brown, Veteran

“ALL VETERANS HAVE A STORY TO TELL.

DESIGNERS SHOULD USE THEIR ABILITY TO TELL THEIR STORIES, 

TO CREATE, AND TO BE ABLE TO START A CONVERSATION.”

-Victor Melendez, Designer

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We believe in the mantra, “Many hands make light work,” and for a nimble, grassroots nonprofit organization, this is an essential truth. There are a handful of ways you can support this mission: Shop Online, Donate, Fundraise, Sponsor, and Participate:

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CREATIVE MORNINGS TALK

For millions of Veterans, survival was more than just a “theme” but rather a life or death lifestyle, literally, that they had to adopt while deployed.

On the contrary, for creatives, survival has a much different connotation with much, much less severe consequences.

OUR STORY – PART IV: 50 STATES

PARTNERS + SPONSORS

We are incredibly thankful for our growing list of donors, sponsors, and partners. To learn how you and/or your business can sponsor a state project, EMAIL US for more information.

We’ve made an ambitious commitment to impact more Veterans, engage more creatives, and reach more civilians through our “50 States: Veterans + Artists United” working tour. To make it happen, we’re searching for like-minded individuals, businesses, brands, and corporations that share our passion for Veterans and the creative arts.