When I noticed a man wearing dark athletic shoes with stars on the back, I asked if there was a story behind the shoes. Yes, and it’s a compelling and far-reaching one!
Honor and Respect started in 2018 when current Marion [Iowa] Police Officer and U.S. Air Force veteran Ron Slagle prayed about how he and his family could help first responders and military personnel with the current mental health crisis.
His family got together to design a shoe that would allow others to show their support, and has grown into a something much bigger than themselves.
Mission and Purpose
To let our first responders know that they are not alone, and that we stand with them.
This is bigger than a shoe. It’s a passion to serve the people who have served all of us.
Honor and Respect LLC is committed to bringing respect to all first responders and military members who devote their lives to helping all of us. When you purchase a pair of Honor and Respect athletic shoes, 100% of profits are donated back to organizations who support our nation’s heroes.
We can help first responders by purchasing a pair of Honor and Respect shoes, or other items sold on the Honor and Respect website.
A little about their success.
They are currently out of my size in the shoe I want, but I’ve been added to a list to contact when they’re available.
What a great way to support the ones who serve us by wearing something that even starts a conversation about the importance of their jobs.
You may also make donations. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
A 3-minurw interview of Ron Slagle from February 2019.