Corporal Josh Hoffman, a Marine paralyzed in Iraq back in 2007, has a new career. This past week the t-shirts he designed to help other wounded warriors went on sale and are already gaining popularity.
Corporal Hoffman is an incredibly strong person. He's gone from battling just to stay alive after being shot by a sniper to launching his own line of designs. He's accomplished all that without being able to walk or talk. It's a story that Fashion Has Heart creator, Michael Hyacinthe, said should be an inspiration to all of us..
"It's got the communication code that says 'total sacrifice,"' said Hyacinthe, explaining the main design on the front of a t-shirt that arrived from the manufacturer just the other day. Hoffman's shirts sold 100 in the first week.
"Josh loves it, ya know. As soon as we got it, Josh was the first person we gave the t-shirt to so josh loves the t-shirt," said Hyacinthe. "He thinks his products, ya know, you could find it at a big retail store. So that's his goal now. His goal is to actually see if we can get some big retailers to actually pick it up."
That's no pipe dream. The popular on-line shopping site, overstock.com, has already agreed to carry Hoffman's shirt. Others are interested as well.
"They're not necessarily a military veteran. It's just the average civilian who recognizes this story, this American story, and they've just been captivated by it and they want to support it," said Hyacinthe.
Proceeds from the shirt sales go to help Hoffman and the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as help Fashion Has Heart to grow it's operation to include more projects with more wounded heroes.
"It's really a way for the average citizen to give back," said Hyacinthe. "We're hoping that, as we grow, we can help as many soldiers as possible."