After returning home from Iraq after being injured, Freedom Hill Coffee Roasters' founder Scott Thomas found he had few places to go to talk about what he had experienced besides his friend Brian.
Scott and Brian spent most of their young lives together, playing football shoulder to shoulder as their school's left offensive Tackle and Guard. Once they graduated from high school in 2001, Brian enlisted in the Army and Scott went to college. However, after the events of September 11th 2001, it wasn't long until Scott had signed up to serve as well. Their Army service took them to different units and countries, but when the dust had settled and they linked up again at home in the US and were roommates.
Brian and Scott spent many late nights talking about what they had gone through during their deployments. On a few occasions, they went to readjustment counseling together. They had completely different stories, but shared many of the same challenges from their time in the service. After some time, Scott moved to another city and Brian was there to help him as he stepped into a new chapter of his life. They didn't see each other as often anymore, but were sure to talk and reconnect in person as much as they could.
On an early February morning in 2013, Scott got a call that would change his life forever. Brian had taken his own life the night before. Brian was gone. There was nothing Scott could do to bring him back or tell him how much he meant to him and everyone else in his life. It was crushing. For years when Scott thought of him he would be overwhelmed with grief. Scott could hardly bear to talk about Brian without breaking down except with the closest of friends that he knew loved and missed him too. "I am still overwhelmed by grief when I think of my friend. But I am also proud of him. Proud of who he was, proud of his service to our country and thankful for the time we had together." Scott says
In honor of Brian and all our Veteran brothers and sisters of every era we have lost to combat and the war within. We honor their legacies of service and friendship with our work each day. Freedom Hill Coffee Roasters and Freedom Hill Folk School were founded to build up lives and support those that have sacrificed so much for us all. A portion of every sale and coffee subscription goes toward putting our Veterans to work and funding organizations serving our Veterans all across the country.
Nothing Freedom Hill has accomplished so far would have been possible without the help of thousands of incredible people out there like you.
Help us honor Brian's memory with random acts of service whenever you have a chance. Help a stranger, call up some old friends and check in on them. Do something for someone who can't pay you back. Whatever you can think of. Acts of kindness big or small, brighten the whole world.
Please consider joining our Coffee Club and working with us to serve our American Veterans. Every first time Coffee Club order ships 30% off with code CLUB30 as a thank you for taking a chance on us and giving us a try.