Here’s What Former SEAL Ryan Zinke Is Drinking On Veterans Day
Former Navy SEAL and current Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is cracking open a “Legacy Lager” from Dog Tag Brewing Foundation on Veterans Day, Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Zinke keeps a mini-fridge in his office stocked with the brewery’s beer, and he will be enjoying one, maybe more, Friday to honor those who have served and are still serving the United States military.
The Dog Tag Brewing Foundation was founded in late 2015 by former marine Seth Jordan. Jordan started the nonprofit to raise money for charities selected by Gold Star families, relatives of U.S. military servicemen who died in battle.
“The premise for Dog Tag was to create a beer that was designed to toast fallen warriors, raise awareness for who they were in their lives, and make their families proud,” Jordan told TheDCNF.
Dog Tag donates 100 percent of its profits in the form of grants to charities picked by Gold Star families. Some charities receiving grant money are just starting, founded by Gold Star families themselves to honor the soldier that fell. The Dog Tag Brewing Foundation offers free consulting to help those navigating the laws and regulations governing nonprofits for the first time.
“The only thing they want to do is make sure people never forget who their loved one was. A lot of them are on a mission or quest to, kind of, run their own little charities in their communities whether it’s a high school scholarship or some sort of a youth sports program or something that’s designed to honor the warrior,” Jordan said. “Where we come in is provide them with the tools and confidence so they can succeed, and we also provide the grant money, kind of like seed money.”
Since its founding, Dog Tag has given out more than $1 million in grants in honor of about 70 Gold Star families. The foundation is raising money and plans to give out $200,000 more in grants before the year ends.
“Every single beer is individualized and dedicated to a different fallen warrior and on the back has a dog tag with their information on it so every time someone cracks that beer they are raising a toast,” Jordan said.
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