Name: 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 rate. 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!