Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Custom card for war hero Brian Stann
(UPDATE: A reader correctly informs me that the player photo I used on my original Brian Stann card (shown below) is not Stann; that midshipman is Eric Kettani. I've updated my card, as shown above.)
Ten years ago I made a 1955 Topps All-American style custom football card for former Sun Devil Pat Tillman. The honor (such as it is) was posthumous, following Tillman's death by friendly fire in Afghanistan.
I've now made a custom card for a living American war hero, Brian Stann.
Not being a follower of mixed martial arts fighting, I had never heard of Stann prior to seeing a feature about him on a preseason college football program.
As I watched the story of this remarkable man, I knew a '55-style custom card was now at the top of my to-do list.
It wasn't on the basis of his football career at Navy. Nor even because he was a bona fide combat hero of the Iraq War. The card certainly didn't result from Stann's success in the MMA ring and cage. The tipping point was Stann's on-going efforts for veterans as president and CEO of Hire Heroes USA.
To learn for yourself why I've made a card of Stann, a good start can be had at his web site: http://www.brianstann.com/about.cfm .