Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NEW SHIRT RELEASE HONORS ROBERT JORDAN, DONATES 10% OF SALES TO WOUNDED WARRIORS PROJECT


Originally posted May 2011

Ta’veren Tees continues to expand their catalog of Wheel of Time® shirts with the “Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time” tee now available at www.TaverenTees.com.

This shirt, available in men’s and women’s styles, was made to honor the series as a whole and the man who brought it to life, Robert Jordan. Jordan was known to friends and family as Jim Rigney.



The “Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time” shirt will be available for pre-order starting Friday, May 27. To begin the pre-order process, visit www.TaverenTees.com and go to the Black Tower or White Tower to find the men’s or women’s styles. Pre-order through June 10, 2011 and your “Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time” shirt will be shipped on June 10. All shirts ordered at the same time as this pre-order will be held and shipped at the same time on June 10.

Wounded Warriors Project
In honor of Memorial Day and soldiers who have fought in wars past and present, Ta’veren Tees is donating 10% of each pre-ordered “Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time” to Wounded Warriors Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. The donation will be made on behalf of the Wheel of Time community, and will be made in Jim Rigney’s name. To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project visit: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

Many WoT fans might not realize that before Jim Rigney was a writer, he was a soldier in the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam – an experience that affected his life, and eventually the story he would tell.

Rigney grew up wanting to attend West Point, but at sixteen learned his eyes were too bad for admission. He instead went to Clemson University, but ran into trouble because he was on a football scholarship, had chosen a major in electrical engineering, and was discovering girls and beer. He then joined the army “because that is what men do in my family. That is simply the way it has always been done . . . the Rigneys have joined the U.S. Army to go where the shooting takes place.” He went on to complete two tours in Vietnam, serving as a helicopter door gunner, as seen below.



This affected him profoundly. In his blog, he wrote:
“I have, or used to have, a photo of a young man sitting on a log eating C-rations with a pair of chopsticks. There are three dead NVA laid out in a line just beside him. He didn't kill them. He didn't choose to sit there because of the bodies. It was just the most convenient place to sit. The bodies don't bother him. He doesn't care. They're just part of the landscape. The young man is glancing at the camera, and you know in one look that you aren't going to take this guy home to meet your parents. Back in the world, you wouldn't want him in your neighborhood, because he is cold, cold, cold. I strangled that SOB, drove a stake through his heart, and buried him face down under a crossroad outside Saigon before coming home, because I knew that guy wasn't made to survive in a civilian environment. I think he's gone. All of him. I hope so.”

Jim came home with a number of decorations, and went on to become a best-selling fantasy writer. He always had a great deal of appreciation and respect for every man and woman who was willing to serve his or her country.

It is in this spirit that Ta’veren Tees would like to honor Jim Rigney and the countless others willing to serve, and would like to thank customers in advance for being a part of the donation when they purchase this shirt.

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