• 90% Cotton / 10% Cotton
  • Cotton Dyed in California
  • Assembled in Mexico
  • Printed in Grand Rapids, Michigan


PROJECT: 2013 HERO[series]
LOCATION: Grand Rapids, Michigan

VETERAN: Zuleika Cruz
BRANCH: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army

DESIGNER: Sean Gardner, Rebeca Ojeda


Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zuleika was motivated to enlist immediately once she turned 18 years old in reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American soil. She served in both the Army and Air Force before suffering from numerous nerve injuries and chronic PTS from deployments in Iraq.

The photography “negative” represents her motto that through each negative experience, a positive outcome will appear. Overcoming her injuries, her quest is to win a medal participating in the Special Olympics and Wounded Warrior Games. Her birthplace in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is represented through the tropical beaches, palm trees, and blue skies embedded within her design as a reminder that we are never too far away from the comforts of home.