Flags of Valor: Where’s Your Flag?
“Real men make flags,” reads one of the dozens of handwritten quotes on the back wall at Flags of Valor, a woodworking company owned by combat veteran, Brian Steorts in Ashburn, VA.
Steorts is on mission. His business model is based on three pillars: Supporting American-made goods, hiring and empowering veterans and first responders, and giving back to the community.
His employees cut, varnish and craft wooden flags for people nationwide. But it’s the camaraderie, support and therapy at Flags of Valor that gets these folks out of bed in the morning. Many have experienced difficulties after returning home from combat including injuries, PTSD and transitioning from the military to civilian life.
Brian Steorts gets it. His business model offers employment and support to men and women returning from combat, whether that’s for six months or six years. At Flags of Valor, they’re surrounded by like-minded people that understand the values and burdens that come with serving your country.
After serving 15 years in the military, and eight combat deployments himself, Steorts found comfort in seeing the American flag on his return home. To Brian, the flag not only represents his undying patriotism, but also symbolizes a united military and connects him to those lost in combat.
Using his father’s tools, Steorts spent hours teaching himself to craft flags out of wood. He found working with his hands therapeutic, and he liked the satisfaction of handing over a finished flag to those in the community who needed one — the veteran arriving home after a tour overseas or the widow of a fallen soldier.
He’s since donated more than $600,000 to nonprofits, and he gives away hundreds of flags around the country.
The handcrafted flags are unique — just like the guys who made them. Though their best-seller is the American flag, other popular products include symbols of the five branches of the military, police and fire rescue.
Steorts does business in Loudoun. He says he enjoys people’s warmth here. “I’m a guy who wants to shake hands and look you in the eye. Those values are reinforced here in Loudoun.” You can be a part of the Flags of Valor community. Visit the Ashburn showroom any weekday to have a look — and find your flag.
Flags Of Valor is located at 44200 Waxpool Road, Suite 15, Ashburn, VA 20147. You might run into Brian or his employees with a display of their flags at community events and shows. To purchase a flag, visit www.flagsofvalor.com or call 703-729-8640.