Commemorate the Vietnam War's 50th Anniversary
at the 50th Annual I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama
March 18, 19 & 20 2016 in Cleveland OH
The I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will celebrate the 50th Annual show in Cleveland OH at the I-X Center on March 18 - 20, 2016 and will team with the Medina VFW 5137, local Veteran Organizations and three Chapters of Rolling Thunder to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. The event is expected to be attended by over 50,000 people along with special guests, including Jay Leno. US Wings has donated 10,000 copies of The Life Of A Warrior (the book about the life of Vietnam veteran & US Wings CEO SFC David Hack) to the event, which will be distributed free to attendees and Sgt. Hack will be in attendance all three days to sign copies of his book. Drop by our booth and say hi; Sarge looks forward to meeting you! US Wings is proud to be an Official Commemorative Partner of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration.
Vietnam had a profound experience on Sgt. Hack. Wounded twice, the second time severely, Sgt Hack spent over a year at Ireland Army Hospital at Ft. Knox Kentucky. He feels this time spent with his fellow wounded veterans helped him transition from combat back to the world. The Life of a Warrior recounts his time spent in Vietnam in 1968 from his arrival in March until his medical evacuation in September.
For more information and for ticket pricing, please call 216-265-7223 (RACE) or visit www.ixpistonpoweredautorama.com. US Wings also offers The Life Of A Warrior in e-book format (available for Kindle, Nook and iBooks) for a nominal fee with 100% of the proceeds going to the Haven of Rest Ministries, a non-profit organization in Summit County OH that provides the homeless with food, clothing & shelter.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
The Life of a Warrior, Sgt. Hack's novel about his life experiences, has been given away free to over 100,000 people. Written with the intent of helping people, especially veterans who have many issues to overcome, The Life of a Warrior has helped many. The letter below fulfills Sgt. Hack's dream of helping others.
February 16, 2016
I read your book over the weekend and enjoyed it. I found it floating around the VVA office here at Moberly Correctional Center. Your book give hope about my future. I feel down a lot and grasp at information to help me along. I am 43 years old, and Army medic, and did a tour of Iraq 2007 to 2008. I cam home and began having all kinds of problems. I was dealing with a hyper vigilance, nightmares, paranoia, and depression. I got into a fight that turned deadly and came to prison on a manslaughter charge. I , too, just wanted to go away and disappear when I cam home. I lost several guys from my FOB, I can't imagine losing a whole company. I was a medice for convoy security driving throughout Iraq while dodging IED's.
I am an associate member in the VVA chapter here. I do a lot of the secretarial work. I like it because it keeps me connected to other veterans here at the prison. I hope to get involved with other veterans organizations when I get out.
Your story give me hope about returning to society and being successful. I was a firefighter/paramedic and can't return to my profession because of my felony. But I will continue to strive to be my best. You also give me hope to find love again. I was married but that has gone away with my conviction. I do hope to remarry one day.
Moberly Correctional Center
PO Box 7
Moverly, MO 65270
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Sgt. Hack has received hundreds of comments from consumers all over the United States about The Life of a Warrior. The book was written as an inspiration to others to help people overcome difficulties in their lives.
Yesterday, he received this comment:
This book shows a man who had a lot of bad hands dealt him and he kept picking himself up and going. He never gave up, a lot of bad times, but some how GOD helped him keep moving forward. Shows, the cards you are dealt are not always good ones, but don't give up. I can speak from first hand, "Rocket City" (Lai Khe) was no picnic place to be let alone be with the "Big Red 1". God Bless you Sgt. Hack. 173rd. AHC, (Robin Hoods) 68-6
\SSG Donald M.
The book stands for not only a man. But a person that went from a normal live to having almost been mark for dead. With all this going on he went from the pits of hell to coming home like the rest of our troops have to go threw and loses everything. Pick himself up and still love want he did and I know would do it again. I have not only share my copy but. Handed to another Army vet that was there and he also said. Yes it was hell but he has no regrets he is a Veteran and always will love our country. Sgt. Hack me and my other fellow Americans. Chould never give you back your life before the war. But because of you I can sit here and say God bless our VETS.. And many you have happy Dreams. You understand what I am saying. God bless you.
Sebastion C. 2/24/16
Wow! I find it hard to make any meaningful comment about Sarge. I always wondered what I would do if I faced a situation like Sarge was in. I spent the best part of 8 years in the Navy and feel ashamed to say I serve my country when compared to Sarge. While there may be some who can say that their story is close to the same as Sarge's, most of us just led a mundane existence in comparison. Some one said that 'most people go through life without ever having lived it" but people like Sarge have lived it to the fullest and have become and inspiration and a model to look up to.
Thank you Sarge for your service and sacrifice and from a Brother-in Arms, Welcome Home.
As a Vietnam Veteran, I believe SFC Hack's book, "The Life of a Warrior", is a must read for all Vietnam Veterans and anyone interested in getting some idea of what often happened to the dedicated warriors who answered the call to serve in the most controversial war our country ever faced, came home to an uncaring, often hostile, public, went into a long, downward spiral and then rose from the ashes to resume a place in society as a respected, hard working citizen. The book is easy to read and goes straight to the point as it moves quickly along. The story is honest without being gruesome. I found SFC Hack's path upward very inspiring and I believe any Veteran of any war would also find inspiration within these chapters. It reminded me again that our cause was just and we have nothing to be ashamed of. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
I always find inspiration when I read about individuals who overcome adversity and become productive citizens. The Life of a Warrior is an excellent example of someone who did exactly that.
David Hack could be the "poster boy" for what can be accomplished in life when the cards seemed to be stacked against success.
I fully appreciate his service to our country and am pleased that the way he has lived his life is nothing short of outstanding.
Thank you, SFC Hack.
Believe in yourself. When I read The Life Of A Warrior I was left with an indelible feeling of self belief in myself as my mind meandered through the pepper corn and double gee ("thats a nasty little prickle") pathway between imagining myself there on Friday the thirteenth 1968 in Vietnam, being attacked by the Viet Cong and surviving with more than just a hot terrible taste in my mouth. The first chapter of Sgt. Hacks book The Life Of A Warrior leaves no dought as to the gravity of the situation Sgt. Hack found himself in, the following chapters tell us why he was so able to survive it.
After being raised by a man who sounded as hard as the wood he'd been working with most of his days and who threw his kids around just like they were made of the same stuff, in a time where luxuries were more the stuff of dreams, if there was room enough in a kids mind living under such conditions as young David Hack grew up in for dreams of luxuries to enter, then it follows that a man who has been through such hardships and still has the willpower and foresight to see to it that he gets himself into a position whereby he is the one sent forth to stand and protect such an army General as General Keith Ware, would also be able to shoulder the responsibility of surviving the terrible injuries inflicted upon him by the unwielding Viet Cong.
After being brought up in a 'dirt floored sheep shack' in Sunfish, Kentucky sergeant Hack must have seen most everything that stood in his way thereafter as a moveable object. One gets that impression from the way he dealt with the bullies and crooked cops and sea sickness as he moved on out of rural Kentucky and into the United States Coast Guard. One also gets a strong feeling of human goodness from the intervention of Ivan Shively who was about "as cute as a toothless rat" but who came along and it sounds like "kicked" metaphorically a new sense of urgency of moral goodness into the young David Hack.
The Life Of A Warrior has all this and more in it as it touches on several points of interest in the life of sergeant David Hack, shedding light upon key points in the road that led him to grow up a staunch and trustworthy figure in himself to escape out of the precarious nature of his surroundings, touching base with the great Cassius Clay on the way, even encapsulating a time in history when the world was either too busy building following a war or too lax to take the time out to bury the war dead on Wake Island, something he took the time out himself to do in a true show of human dignity, compassion and patriotism.
The Life Of A Warrior has all this and more, not bad for 55 page book. Telling it is not reading it. Read The Life Of A Warrior and be amazed by its shining light.
A great gift with my purchase.. I admire those who are self made. This book is is the story of one such man.
Sgt. Hack reminds me in some ways of my father. My father was orphaned, was not kept by relatives, and raised in an orphanage. There he met my mother, another orphan. They raised 5 children and put them all through college. No help from anyone.
The book also reminds me of what military service gives someone. Maturity and responsibility were two of my gifts.
It goes without saying what some in the military gave and continue to give for their country, and their fellow service members. It is a staggering gift.
A great book to pass on.
Having given out over 100,000 copies for free, The Life of a Warrior is in its 10th printing. Most recently Sgt. Hack announced that The Life of a Warrior would be available through Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and I books and that 100% of the proceeds would be given to the Haven of Rest, a shelter in Akron Ohio.
I received a copy of the book "The Life of a Warrior" when my wife and I drove to Hudson, Ohio to purchase one of the jackets. At that time, I did not know who was the owner of U.S. Wings and simply set the book aside to be looked at on a future date.
While researching the site for a sizing chart, I discovered that the company was owned by Sgt Hack. I grew up in the area. Munroe Falls,Stow and Cuyahoga Falls and heard the name "Sgt. Hack used". I also heard about Sgt. Hack from a family member that had contact with him, that was back in the late 1970's.
I needed to relay the above background information to put into context the rest of my review.
I actually opened up the PDF version of the book and printed it off not remembering that I had received a bound copy of the book at the store. Just one of those well "duh" moments for me, but does let folks know that they can download the book to their computer and read and/or print it off on paper copy.
On to the review.
The book has filled in the missing pieces about Sgt Hack that I did not know. My impression of Sgt Hack has been greatly expanded AND CHANGED due to the book.
I too have overcome an injury, as I was hurt in High School and I know how difficult it is to work through these life changing events. My family has also shared some of the humble beginnings and I can completely relate how it molds one's character, for good or bad.
My respect for the sacrifices that Sgt Hack did for our country, for his family and for himself grew as I read the book. We all need to know the back story behind the man. I greatly respect him (now that I know the backstory) for not allowing life's experiences to push him to (Star War's cliche NOT intended) the dark side of life.
I also (now that I know) greatly respect him for volunteering to put himself into the same "harm's way" that he was recruiting young men into. That is the mark of a man of integrity, so much of which is lacking in today's so-called leaders. (read the book to find out how...)
I suggest everyone read the book and understand how Sgt Hack's life mirrors so many of our returning veterans. Wounded, physically and spiritually, but still maintaining the perseverance to continue to forge ahead. He can set a shining example for others on how to overcome their own issues !!!!
From a pure literary perspective, the book was short and to the point. The information was presented in a way that I read through the book completely (granted it is not very long, which is the only shortcoming). I feel Sgt Hack's story could be expanded a bit without hurting the intention behind the book.
How cool is it, that the act of buying a jacket can loop a person (me, after all this time from first hearing the name Sgt Hack) back into the sphere of influence of another (Sgt Hack) so that I could have the opportunity to know the real story.........
Best Regards to Sgt Hack,
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
I did not serve with SFC Hack in Vietnam. I did serve with him in the Cleveland, OH Recruiting Main Station when I was a Unit of Choice Recruiter for the 101st Airborne Division. He was, without question, the most dynamic, personable, motivated Army Recruiter I have ever had the pleasure of serving with. He singlehandedly was responsible for the entry onto active duty to the 101st Abn Div more recruits than the rest of the RMS combined. We worked together to set up parachute demonstrations, Helicopter Rappelling demonstrations and for the lack of a better term - meet and greets with all of the high schools in the area. He taught me more about how to motivate people than all the other schools, classes, people in my life.
I consider David one of my oldest friends. We can go several years with no contact and start again without missing a beat. Good book, that accurately portrays what we went through in the RVN.
Thank you David for finally writing the book!!
Michael Vick 1/4/16
Thursday, December 24, 2015
What is the true spirit of Christmas?
Many of us forget what Christmas is all about, Giving! Sgt. Hack will soon be having his book, "The Life of a a Warrior" be available on Kindle. The book will be sold for $1.99 but all the proceeds will be donated to the Haven of Rest in Akron Ohio.
The Haven of Rest is a nonprofit, non-denominational, Christian social service organization that provides food, shelter and clothing for the homeless and need in Akron Ohio. This organization has helped thousands upon thousand of needy people. Help us help them.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sgt. Hack received this great review of The Life of a Warrior yesterday, December 2nd, 2015:
America – gloried home of the essential underdog. The annals of the history of this land are laden with those who against the odds and conventional wisdom, made something out of nothing. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Sam Walton, Ray Kroc, and Ted Turner to name a few, were such men who with a keen sense of vision, managed to overcome the complacencies and the monotonies of life. Albert Einstein once stated that, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from the most mediocre of minds”. Sergeant David Hack was by no means mediocre.
During the Tet Offensive, elements of the 1st Infantry Division often referred to as “The Big Red One” was attacked by soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) on January 13, 1968. All of Sgt. Hack’s men were killed in the ambush. Laying bleeding on the ground, an NVA soldier plunges a bayonet through his throat and naval cavity rendering him unconscious for a day. It was at this moment that his life could have gone either way, life or death. For whatever reasons, Heaven saw it fit that Sgt Hack gain a second, or given his impoverished rural Kentucky upbringing, a third or even fourth chance at life. A day after the attack, a LRRP element found him barely alive and medically evacuated, thus the lone sole survivor of the ambush.
The attack left him with a metal plate in his skull and mouth and a knee injury that modern medicine at the time dictated amputation. Sgt. Hack fought the doctor’s advice and after a year after tumultuous physical therapy, he walked out of the Army Hospital, and became an Army recruiter. The Vietnam War had become a national embarrassment to a generation that did not possess the patriotic fervor and dedication as that of their parents that fought in the Korean War and World War II. The job of an Army recruiter was void of all glamor as the uniform of the US Armed Services was looked down upon. But in Sgt Hack’s typical, “Where there’s a will there’s a way” approach, he somehow made it work.
The Life Of A Warrior is a brief but powerful testimony to the triumphs over trials and tribulations of former Army Sergeant David Hack. Born in to poverty, his mettle was continuously tested. From a prior service Coast Guard sailor to a tried and true battle scarred but hard Army combat veteran, Sgt Hack refused to take no for an answer and accept defeat. This text, which should be required for all high school JROTC, college ROTC, and all military academies as well as collegiate business schools, tells of the challenges and exploits of a man committed to the American alpha male personified conscious that cries never say never. After parlaying an old WWII Willys Jeep into an American flag costumed recruiting vehicle akin to Evel Kneival, he would lose it to a high ranking officer, only to purchase and “patriotize” a Corvette, thus giving military service, a sort of sex appeal. As the book details, he was able to make patriotism en vogue. This lead to his epiphany of merchandise marketing.
As the book details, everywhere that he has gone, he has left an indelible impact on any and all who encountered him, such as Ohio crime bosses angered at his disruption of numerous criminal enterprises while serving as a Hudson, Ohio police investigator after his military retirement. From a failed bar owner, homeless beach dweller in Florida, street vendor, he managed to catch the eye of Jeb Bush. Only then did his newly wed wife discover his heroic exploits in Vietnam, owing to his modesty and concealment of PTSD.
Having a knack for unconventional and unorthodox approaches to business, and life altogether for that matter, Sgt Hack rests on the “stand by your man” unconditional love of his wife and borrows $500 from her. Despite challenges and staunch antagonism, such as the spiteful efforts of an enraged mother-in-law attempting to sabotage his VA loan, Sgt Hack would transform this defining moment and throw caution to the wind. Many would perhaps question, “but why the leather jacket industry?”.
The leather jacket has always held an iconic status in American pop culture, made infinitely popular by counter culture bikers, and aviation golden age era aviators. Evel Knieval made the customized jacket popular in the 1970’s with his numerous high flying motorcycle and dare devil antics. This would be followed in the 1980’s with the arrival of Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones” character, and Tom Cruise’s military patch clad Naval Aviator G-2 jacket. There was clearly a market for leather jackets. Owing to his business acumen, he sought to go into the leather jacket business in a hard shell to crack business. Intent on winning and winning at all costs, years later, US Wings is a leader in the military leather jacket and military memorabilia.
Life Of A Warrior, is a great read that tells of the triumphant will of the underdog to achieve despite, class, income, educational level, and the near loss of life. Furthermore, it tells of how one man chose to stick to his guns despite the obvious signs of negative situations and people surrounding him. So much can be gained by reading such a brief, but powerful testimony of how to be successful despite adversity. An easy reader, it further tells of how so much can be obtained with so little. The key ingredients are vision, faith, and persistence. Just as the enemy NVA soldier failed to pierce his spirit, failure was not an option for Sgt Hack. This book is the ultimate, “rise from the ashes” testimony and is sure to motivate any and all who read it. More than just a book on patriotism, it also answers to business development, marketing, self help, inspiration, and spirituality. Much can be gained by reading such a powerful and dynamic text about a man who refused to lose. There’s only one way to find out how Sgt Hack was able to blunt the efforts of the crime boss who placed a contract and bounty on his head. Simply read The Life Of A Warrior. Welcome Sgt Hack !!!
Thank you Ignacio
Saturday, November 14, 2015
US Wings is a Vietnam veteran-owned business and a proud partner of the 50thAnniversary Vietnam War Commemoration.