Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Name/Alias: Darren Chilton
Branch of Service: Army
Time Served: 1981-1984, 1987
Why I joined the Military: I didn’t do well my first year of college, so I decided I wanted something different. I joined because I wanted to defend my country and be a part of a great team. I also needed a sense of direction and purpose. The Army gave me the opportunity to learn about my own abilities to overcome.
Why I joined Handmade By Heroes: I saw the products online and read about the veterans that started Handmade By Heroes. There are many things I miss about the military and being a part of this organization, which provides a service and a tremendous product to veterans and others, brings so much of that back. Commonality, teamwork, patriotism, honor, loyalty. This is a special group with a wonderful passion for quality and craftsmanship.
Message to customers…Thank you for supporting these guys! Just so you know, we know your name when we receive your order and we think about doing a good job for you as we craft your piece.
My favorite sports team and why…My favorite sports team and why…In 1967 when I was 5 years old, I received “The Bronco Spotter” newspaper publication as a gift from my parents. I grew up playing football in Denver and was naturally a Broncos fan.
I went to training camp (then Golden, CO) as a young kid and saw players like Floyd Little, Rich Jackson, Dave Costa and many others. I became a sports artist because I loved to draw football players. I was a football fan because of the Denver Broncos.