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Meet Our Team

Rags of Honor was started with a very simple mission; “Be as committed to every veteran as they were to us when they wore the uniform”. We are currently the only silk screen/apparel company in the United States devoted specifically to hiring homeless and chronically unemployed veterans.

We hired our first 4 veterans from a local homeless shelter, took a “virtual” office so we could have phones answered and product delivered, and rented space on a manual silk screen press from a former Marine. For the first six months we had the team learn the fundamentals of press operation, artwork creation, color separation, machine maintenance, film and screen art production, inventory management, order processing, shipping/ receiving and billing.

Mark Doyle, Founder

Mark is the founder of Rags of Honor, Managing Member of Prairie Avenue Partner, Director of Prairie Community Bank in Marengo Illinois and Football coach at St. Pat’s high school in Chicago. In 2010 Mr. Doyle was engaged by the United States Army as financial subject matter experts and deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force 2010. It was in Afghanistan where he saw firsthand the sacrifice of servicemen and women in Afghanistan. He was sickened by the injustice of homeless veterans in Chicago and chose to make a difference. In response, Doyle created Rags of Honor as the only silk screen shop that is 100% operated by homeless and unemployed veterans with the mission to provide them with an opportunity to rebuild their lives after serving in the U.S. military. Mr. Doyle has written for the Chicago Tribune about the Afghanistan operations and is a frequent guest in Chicago on their flagship radio station WGN.

Duane Zoldak, Design

Duane is a 3 year Army veteran served in the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY in 10th Aviation Brigade. Duane has operational deployments to both Somalia for "Operation Restore Hope" and "Operation Continue Hope" and Haiti for "Operation Uphold Democracy". After the Army Duane worked to become a top graphic designer and now creates the many unique apparel designs for Rags of Honor.

Walter, Director of Training

After being laid off from his previous job in the fall of 2013 Walter answered the Rags of Honor ad for a Director of Training. Although not a military veteran, Walter was drawn to our mission at Rags of Honor because he wanted to use his fifteen years of screen printing experience in a more meaningful way.

Walters’ commitment to the mission and the veterans at Rags has been invaluable in making us the an apparel company with unmatched precision and quality. “I really like what we’re doing here, I have a step-son in the military and this is a way for me to give back,” Walter explains.