Joseph Barela - Handmade By Heroes

Joseph Barela

November 04, 2015 15 Comments

Joseph BarelaName: Joseph Barela aka Big Daddy B
Hometown: Santa Ana, California
MOS: 11C/ Infantry
Unit: C.CO 2-35 Inf 25th ID / HHT 3/61 Cav 4th ID
Rank: E-5 Sergeant
Deployment Zone: Iraq & Afghanistan
Year/s: Afghanistan 2004 – 2005 / Iraq 2006 - 2007
Time Served: 8.5 years
Branch of Service: Army



Why I Joined the Military:
I joined the Army on July 1st 2001. I wanted a better source of income, training and skills to make a better life for my family.

Life Changing Event: There were three life changing events that have impacted my life. First, when I became a father for the first time. Second was when I joined the military and left or basic training. Third was when I was first deployed to combat. Each of these times changed and moulded myself to whom I am today.

Why I Joined Handmade By Heroes: The reason I came to Handmade by Heroes is I had to stop being a contractor due to health reasons. One of my soldiers that used to be in my squad told me about HBH. I am so grateful I found a place that allows me to work in a great environment at my own pace and is understanding to some of my disabilities I deal with as a Combat Veteran. I also am able to go to college to pursue my business degree. HBH also allowed me to do my internship there with them to complete my schooling.

Message to Customers: Organizations like Handmade by Heroes are rare. These types of business give Veterans a feeling of self-worth and pride. To be able to work to provide an income for our families. We are extremely grateful and appreciative for all the support from all our customers. Thank you!


15 Responses

Angela Boyd
Angela Boyd

September 20, 2020

Hey Joe,
I’m not if you received my email from the support team. I actually have a couple of questions,for you. Do they have set up tu make these paracord setups here in North Austin, TX? What size paracord do y’all use, because I’ve been using the 550? I actually thought my first aide bracelet would be wider.. Last question, can you mak a video on how to put the charms on the bracelets and other items? When I try to put anything besides just the packed, it looks pretty sloppy.
From one Veteran to another Veteran, Thank you for your service! I had received a little bit of psychological issues in the military. But the reason for my TBI, Anxiety, depression, seizures, PTSD, and so far 10 surgeries as well as countless procedures. All from a 2-head on at 75 , all they have other then the highway are country roads and yes, it was a 75 mile per hr road. A lady turned left in front of me so I hit her as well as a suv at the stop sign ready to turn onto the road. Thank God I was in a Chevy 1500 truck, because both of there vehicles were big.
Sorry for going to that, but You made me a paracord bracelet for a bday present from my my mom..she asked why the colors I picked? I told her I did some research.. I have purple as the outside lining to represent no epileptic seizures (which I just found out I have epileptic seizures to, huh?), then the green the second major color on it represents TBI, then the teal that hold the 2 charms on the bracelet represents PTSD. She just said “ok”.
The las thief I wanted to know if there was a way to put a another or 2 on the bracelet when I order another one?
Again, Thank You Joe, for you’re service as well as making all these different paracord items!!

Julie E Wheeler
Julie E Wheeler

August 17, 2020

Thank you for my bracelet it’s beautiful I’m glad you made it . Thank you for your service and I hope the family is well.

Bobbie Admire
Bobbie Admire

June 15, 2020

My husband absolutely loves the key chain. It is beautiful beyond words. Thank you for your service. May GOD bless you and your family.

C. Philip Byers
C. Philip Byers

June 02, 2020

I just received my first order from Sergeant Joe Barela. I am so pleased to have such great products made by our true American Heros. I will order often and continue to work to support the great cause of our Veterans. Carry on, dear friends.

C. Philip Byers
North Carolina Sheriff, Retired

Theshia
Theshia

May 26, 2020

Just received the medical alert bracelet for my son that you made. I love it. Thank you

Jennifer Shea
Jennifer Shea

April 08, 2020

Joe,
Thank you so much for my awesome paracord Support our Veterans bracelet. I’m honored to wear it with pride and respect for your dedication to our country. God bless you and your family and thank you sir. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Melissa Kelsall
Melissa Kelsall

March 25, 2020

Thank you Joe for crafting my emergency medical bracelet. I am disabled, but I still try to impact those around me and bless them as I am able. This bracelet gives me courage to step into the world and feel safe. My husband, who is also a vet, wants to thank you for your service and sacrifice. May God bless you and keep you.

Mary L Wilkening
Mary L Wilkening

February 29, 2020

Just received my beautiful bracelet. Love it and will treasure bit always. Thank you for it and most importantly for yourself service to keep us all safe. Bless you and all of your Conrad’s for all you have given.

Victoria Peterson-Carman
Victoria Peterson-Carman

February 26, 2020

HI Joe. I just received the beautuful 49er key chain and necklace they are lovely. You did a great job. I am also disabled due to MS. You are an amazing example for those of us who still want to make a difference. Thank you so very much for making the world a safer place for me and my family. Your sacrificed yourself for all of us. Thank you again!!

Christopher Gladu
Christopher Gladu

January 28, 2020

Thank you for your service and thank you for the excellent work you did with creating my TBI medical bracelet I love it thanks again:)

Jeri Flanders
Jeri Flanders

November 20, 2019

Joe, thank so very much for your service to our great country. I received my bracelet today and your card inside. I was really excited to know who made my bracelet. Thank you again and GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS ALL SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN.

MICHAEL F TONYAN
MICHAEL F TONYAN

September 18, 2019

Thanks Joe. Got my bracelet today. Wearing it proudly let’s me give back to the guys like yourself who gave more than I. Thank you for your sacrifice. God Bless

KIMBUR PRESMYK
KIMBUR PRESMYK

February 23, 2018

You made my demo bracelet for my Route 91 family. All of the proceeds from the sales of these are going to our fallen officer Charleston Hartfield, who was also retired military. You have no idea how much meaning these bracelets have. It is an honor and a privilege to represent them for all of you. God bless you sir ♡

John Sapienza
John Sapienza

November 24, 2017

Thanks for making the bracelet Joe. Our company gave Veterans one this year. I served in the Army 28 years and appreciate what you are doing there. Thank you and God Bless.

Rick Challoner
Rick Challoner

February 06, 2017

I just got my medical bracelet today and I love it, so I ordered another and key chain for my wife.

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