Koby Ex Partners with the EOD Warrior Foundation to Give Back to Servicemembers
KobyEx is proud to announce our partnership with the EOD Warrior Foundation. When you purchase items through our website, a portion of the proceeds will directly impact the lives of Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians and their families.
About Our Partnership
Here at KobyEx, we believe in giving back to military servicemembers and their families. When we created our brand, we knew it would be so much larger than a clothing company: it would also be a way for us to make a positive and lasting impact on our military community.
Co-founder Nate Crawford is an active duty Army Reservist. As a military servicemember who has been deployed to active conflict zones, Nate understands the sacrifice and bravery displayed by EOD technicians every day. According to the EOD Warrior Foundation’s website, there are approximately 7,000 EOD technicians currently serving in all branches of the military, willingly putting their lives on the line to dispose of deadly ordnance in combat areas. IEDs are responsible for the vast majority of combat injuries and fatalities, and EOD technicians put themselves in harm’s way to keep their fellow servicemembers safe.
Ordnance disposal is one of the most complicated and dangerous professions in the military. Far too often, EOD technicians become victims of IEDs or other explosives. Every year, members of the EOD community lose their lives serving their country, and survivors face life-changing injuries, burns, paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries.
Nate and his wife and Co-Founder Amy wanted to recognize the sacrifices of these brave men and women and support an organization dedicated to serving EOD servicemembers and their families. “I have seen first-hand the devastation that IEDs can leave behind and how it forever changes the lives of those affected,” Nate says. “From the servicemembers to their families and their community, everyone is impacted. We chose the EOD Warrior Foundation because of the great work they are doing for all those who have been impacted by IEDs.”
About the EOD Warrior Foundation
The EOD Warrior Foundation exists to serve EOD technicians and their families, and to honor fallen EOD Warriors. The EOD community is a family – tight-knit and indivisible – and the EOD Warrior Foundation seeks to provide support for each member of that community.
The foundation provides four pillars of support: financial relief, education, hope and wellness, and the EOD Memorial care.
The organization offers financial assistance to EOD Warriors and their families during their most difficult and challenging times. When an EOD technician is wounded in combat, familial support can make all the difference. That’s why the foundation provides immediate financial assistance to wounded warriors, to help them reunite with family members as soon as possible. Servicemembers and their families can also receive ongoing financial support as they travel together down the long road to recovery. Whether it’s funding for childcare, adaptive equipment, counseling, or travel expenses, the EOD Warrior Foundation provides the assistance our servicemembers need.
The EOD Warrior Foundation desires to take care of the entire community, including children and dependents of EOD technicians. The foundation awards annual college scholarships to dependents of EOD warriors, with priority given to children and spouses of fallen servicemembers.
Hope and Wellness
Wellness is more than just physical well-being; it’s the health of the whole person – mind and body. The EOD Warrior Foundation recognizes the importance of community and seeks to create a culture of support and comradery. This community integration includes peer-to-peer support for wounded warriors, morale events within EOD communities, connection to support services for servicemembers and families, and employment assistance, among other services. The EOD Warrior Foundation also offers suicide prevention and awareness programs to help those who may be experiencing PTSD, depression, addiction, or other emotional challenges find hope and healing.
EOD Memorial Care
The foundation recognizes our nation’s fallen EOD warriors and vows to honor their legacies and their memories for generations to come. Donations to the foundation help preserve and maintain the EOD Memorial Wall at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. The wall features the names of EOD heroes who gave their lives in the line of duty, dating back to the first EOD technicians in WWII. Each May, a memorial service is held to remember the fallen EOD warriors. The EOD Warrior Foundation maintains this important memorial and also manages the online virtual wall for the fallen EOD warriors in all military branches.
How KobyEx Gives Back
The EOD Warrior Foundation relies exclusively on donations to carry out their programs for EOD warriors and their families. Financial contributions allow the foundation to help wounded EOD warriors, their families, and the family members of fallen EOD warriors. Without financial support, the EOD Warrior Foundation would not be able to continue the crucial work they do for the EOD community every day.
KobyEx believes strongly in giving back to the military community. That’s why we have partnered with organizations like the EOD Warrior Foundation. KobyEx gives 50% of our proceeds to organizations that support military servicemembers and their families. When you shop at KobyEx, you’re making a difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes.
How You Can Help
We believe military servicemembers and their families need our support. But we can’t do it alone.
“We are honored to partner with KobyEx. Every purchase you make on KobyEx.com helps EOD technicians and their families succeed,” said Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. “Each purchase helps us carry out our mission to improve the quality of life for the EOD Family by providing educational, financial and emotional support. Without financial contributions from businesses like KobyEx, we wouldn’t be able to have such a wide-ranging impact on the deserving men and women in the EOD community.”
You can learn more about our mission to help servicemembers and their families here. If you would like to contribute directly to the EOD Warrior Foundation, please visit their donation page online. Every donation helps improve the lives of EOD warriors and their families.
Together, we can support our nation’s heroes.