Victorinox incorporates veterans’ designs in new SAK series

In 2016 Victorinox partnered with Wounded Warrior Project on a “Stars and Stripes” series, which they have now expanded on to include patterns designed by wounded veterans as part of the lineup.

From CTPost.com:

 When Angela Peacock medically retired from the U.S Army after nearly seven years of service, she was put on medication to help her post-traumatic stress disorder. When that didn’t help, she turned to alternative therapy, including art classes.

“It would really help me to just calm down and not think about anything but painting, because when you’re painting you can’t worry about what happened in the past and you can’t worry about the future,” Peacock said. “Just sit here and paint, and do that only.”

Angela Peacock

Manuel Colón, who retired from the Army in 2013 and has PTSD and other medical problems, had some experience with graphic design. So when Wounded Warrior Project put out a call for veterans who have used art to help with their healing process, he and Peacock both responded, and were asked to submit designs for a collaboration with Victorinox Swiss Army.

Cool project. I personally am gearing up for the Project Healing Waters Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge tournament. I will be guiding a veteran and a sponsor again this year. Kim Breed has donated several knives to the event, though none as nice as the Model 15 I won in the auction a few years back. “hobby therapy” seems to be an approach that works for veterans, whether it be knives or fly rods. It also offers the public many volunteer opportunities to share their passion and help those that need it. Good stuff all around.

Angela and Manuel try their hand at knife assembly

comments

  1. Brad Griffin says:

    I would happily buy one of these knives without reservation.

  2. Skinnedknuckles says:

    I am a veteran and I would, and do, happily donate to any number of veterans support organizations but WWP will not receive a penny from me so I won’t be getting one of these knives. Perhaps the organization has changed since they fired the “management” team that siphoned large amounts of money from the veterans it was supposed to help to pay their inflated salaries (over $2M per year for the top 5 or 6 officers). I don’t know and I don’t care, since there are so many organizations that do use the money donated to actually help our veterans.

    And I have to ask, do any of the veterans receive royalties for the use of their artwork? They should, even if they decide to donate it back to WWP. Do they even get credit for their work, such as their signature on the knife?

    1. I have heard many voice your concerns with WWP. That is why I am so partial to Project Healing Waters.

      I think they have 3 full time folks in the office. Everything else is volunteers.

      1. Skinnedknuckles says:

        Clay, thank you for your generous support for Project Healing Waters. It is people like you who truly help our wounded warriors. I have seen you mention them several times and it is obviously a personal commitment on your part.

        1. I just take people fishing. Something I enjoy anyway and have the freedom to do.

        2. I am happy to have a megaphone to help boost their reach

  3. Jason says:

    For every $1.00 that goes to WWP only .60 makes it to the VETS. There is definitely better charity’s. Just saying..

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