Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Name: Austin Wilmarth
MOS: 19D Cavalry Scout
Unit: L Troop, 3/3 Armored Cavalry Regiment
Deployment Zone: Iraq
Year/s: 2003 – 2004 / 2005 – 2006
Time Served: 6 Years
Branch of Service: US Army
Why I Joined the Military: I joined the military because it was just something that I had always wanted to do. As long as I can remember I had wanted to be in the Army, and I knew I definitely didn't want to go to college or stay at home, so I enlisted at 17 and left for basic training a week after graduating high school.
Why I Joined Handmade by Heroes: I really enjoy making things; it’s almost therapeutic for me, so when I learned of Handmade by Heroes I figured I would be a great opportunity for me to do something I like while supporting my fellow veterans at the same time.
Message to Customers: As veterans and service members we hear a lot of “thank you,” but I would like to thank YOU for supporting Handmade by Heroes. In doing so you are providing opportunities that veterans such as myself wouldn’t otherwise have.
My Favorite Sport Team and Why: I honestly cannot say that I follow sports, but living in Colorado I guess you could say that I'm a Broncos fan, so long as they're winning!