Former U.S. Army vet Colin Wayne is teaming up with actress Megan Fox to do something extra special for Memorial Day. Instead of having a “flash sale” like every other company out there, Wayne is actually giving away some of his best American-made steel products for free.
Wayne is the founder of RedLineSteel, is a Veteran-owned decor manufacturing company that is based out of Huntsville, Alabama.
“I’m so excited to be able to work with U.S. veteran-owned Redline Steel in their $2 [million] pledge this month for Memorial Day,” Fox told Fox News in a statement.
“Memorial Day, in my eyes, has a negative stigma behind it. Most companies do their best to monetize on this day, whereas I want to give back. It is a day to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we as free Americans can enjoy the freedoms we experience, and sometimes take for granted, every day,” Wayne added.
Wayne told Fox News about how he enlisted in the military a few days after his 17th birthday and served from 2006 to 2013, collectively.
“I took a lot of the leadership training and core Army values and instilled them [in] not only myself post-service, but also to my business at Redline Steel,” he explained.
Watch him explain more about his memorial day promo on the Kelly Clarkson show:
As Fox News points out, Wayne was injured on May 3, 2012, while serving in Afganistan. He admitted that returning home after his third tour was vastly different than previous times because of his recovery process.
“One thing that was hard for me to cope with on a personal level was a sense of abandonment,” he explained. “When I was injured by a 107mm rocket that impacted a few feet from me, there were three other people in the same building that left without checking on me.”
“Due to the force of the blast I suffered a concussion and I remember yelling for a medic but nobody was around me. It was pitch black, I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, my leg was throbbing in pain, I could barely breathe due to the massive amount of debris in the air. After a few minutes, two soldiers came in and got me, but those [four to five] minutes felt like hours. So coming back stateside, I have been told by family members that I was a lot more distant and that I had changed some,” Wayne said.
Since returning to the states, Wayne is a fierce advocate for better medical care for veterans.
“I believe that veterans need better medical care, and this is an urgent matter that should be looked into,” he explained. “I personally avoid visiting any Veterans Affairs [VA] hospitals due to the lack of treatment care, and timing for appointments to be made.”
“If a veteran returning home from a combat zone needs to see someone for PTSD help, they may not be around in [two to three] months when they can finally get an appointment. With an average of 22 veteran suicides per day, there is a sense of urgency. The VA is an absolute nightmare and I would contest that most veterans would agree with that statement,” he said.