We love to feature Veterans at VETARTS.COM, and this week we wanted to feature Dan of Alternate Decision. If you are looking for some amazing screen printing, t-shirts, and apparel, we ask that you check his items out by CLICKING HERE!
He uses his business to assist with channeling his energy levels. “Alternate Decision represents my hope for a successful and positive life after combat and sparks the conversation about how we can support our troops before, during and after their contracts.”
I served with the 94th Engineers United States Army in Vilseck, Germany.
At the time I joined I was still in high-school and I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. All I knew was that I wanted to get out of Iowa, travel, and start making my own living. I decided to join the Army because most of my friends were also joining the army, and of course, we were all able to help each other get promoted faster by referring each other. There were just a bunch of different incentives at the time to join the army rather than the other services. I was also able to secure my duty station in Germany, so that was a huge incentive to join as well.
My craft is screen printing and graphic arts.
I was in the middle of my 4-year contract with the United States Army during OIF III, when I realized that I needed to channel my energy into a hobby that would help tune out the constant noise of Apache helicopters and static radio reports. I started designing t-shirts instead of taking prescribed anti-depressants and sleeping pills, which seemed to be the only other option.
Alternate Decision represents my hope for a successful and positive life after combat and sparks the conversation about how we can support our troops before, during and after their contracts.
What I enjoy most about screen printing is that it’s a skill that I taught myself, and I’ve done everything I can to master it on my own. Just like when I joined the army, I learned a set of skills and worked hard towards perfecting them. I also love being on my own as an entrepreneur for my own business.
I really love the attention to detail that I place into each and every design and making sure every level of detail is placed into every shirt that I print. There is nothing I love more than knocking out a couple thousand shirts for a local sports team with my music on blast.
Ever since I left the military, I’ve always sought out other veterans to be friends with and more times than none, the vets I’ve met always seem to have something going on.
I know one vet with her own photography business another vet with his own knife making business, and another vet that organizes wilderness trips for vets with disabilities. I find it very important that veterans stick together because there is always strength in numbers, and if there is any kind of entrepreneur with the most heart and determination, it’s the veteran entrepreneur! I love that VETARTS is committed to helping and showcasing veteran artists and entrepreneurs and help promote sustainable business.
Alternate Decision Clothing