Chance meetings and moments of synchronicity have helped build the Folds of Honor-Indiana Chapter.
The journey began in 2007 when Chapter President, Mike Daggett was trying to obtain top level frequent flyer status with American Airlines. He booked a flight from San Antonio to Dallas to Oklahoma City to Dallas to Tulsa to Dallas to Austin to Dallas then back to San Antonio all in one day. Little did he know that, mid-way through that day, he would meet the man who would change his life forever. Folds of Honor founder, Major Dan Rooney happened to be seated next to Mike on his flight from Tulsa to Dallas and through conversation, shared what the Folds of Honor does for our military families. Mike said “I sat in awe, amazed at his story and knew I had been called to help. I joined the mission instantly!”
A few years later, Mike played golf with Mr. Frank Gumpert (founder of the Patriot Shootout-Baton Rouge) at a Folds of Honor event in Tulsa. Frank shared his blueprint for success from the Patriot Shootout-Baton Rouge and encouraged Mike to start an event in Indiana. Mike and Janine began planning the initial event but needed some help.
In 2012, synchronicity stepped in and introduced Mike to Chapter Vice President, Steve Bishop. While talking with another guest at the Patriot Cup, Mike shared he was from Indiana. The person said “oh, you must know that guy over there, he is in the Indiana National Guard too”. Though Mike and Steve are both members of the Indiana National Guard, it took them driving over 10 hours to Tulsa to meet. Mike introduced himself and shared his vision for the Patriot Shootout-Indiana. Steve said “I’m in” the minute Mike said he is bringing an event to Indiana.
God has stepped in over and over again with moments like these and blessed the Folds of Honor-Indiana chapter with an amazing team of volunteers. Listen to one story of how the Folds of Honor is changing lives of those who have sacrificed so much and we know you will want to answer the call to duty as well.