After being injured and returning home from Iraq, 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 on the same sports teams and taking as many of the same classes through school as they could.  After school they both ended up joining the Army.  The service took them to different Divisions and deployments, but when the dust had settled, they linked up again at home in the US and were roommates.


Our inspiration for our mission, Brian | Afghanistan 2003


Brian and Scott spent many late nights talking about what they had gone through during their deployments.  They had completely different stories, but shared many of the same challenges coming home. 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 


One of Freedom Hill Coffee Roasters' Founders, Scott | Iraq 2005


Today the Freedom Hill team of Veterans and Veteran allies works together everyday in honor of Brian and all our Veterans of every era we have lost to combat and the war within.  We honor their legacies of service and friendship and are proud to share a message of healing for all our warriors.  Freedom Hill Coffee Roasters and Freedom Hill Folk School were founded to be a light in the darkness, support those that have sacrificed so much for us all and let our Warriors know that they too can find their own peace and purpose after service. 

We need your help to make our mission of service a success.  Every single order, big or small, puts Vets to work in a supportive environment and offers healing experiences at Freedom Hill Folk School and Farm.  Please consider starting your day with Freedom Hill Coffee at your home and office or picking up some apparel and gear today.