5.11 Tactical is proud to support Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships and support to the families of fallen and wounded US veterans. Major Ed Pulido, U.S. Army (Ret.) embodies the spirit of the organization and lives the message. Meet Major Ed, inspiration and friend to 5.11 Tactical.
On August 17th, 2004 Major Ed Pulido U.S. Army (Ret.) was hit by an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) or road side bomb in Baqubah, Iraq. It became clear as he laid on the ground in 128 degree heat that day, as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America, he would not be left behind on the field of battle. Due to extensive injuries to his left knee, on October 1, 2004 his left leg was amputated. For his merit of heroism on that August day, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Commendation and Achievement Medals by the President of the United States along with General David Petraeus.
Major Pulido earned a degree in Military Science, Marketing, and Criminal Justice as well as a Masters Degree in Logistics Management & Human Relations. In his 19-year military career, he attained the rank of Major and was medically retired from the United States Army on May 16, 2005.
He is now Sr. VP of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a charity which provides scholarships to the families of fallen and wounded veterans. Major Dan Rooney began the organization in 2007 and asked Major Pulido to join the organization soon after its founding. Major Pulido is also a founding member of Warriors for Freedom Foundation focused on the mental, physical and wellness support of wounded Veterans and their families and a spokesperson for Acadia Health Care. Finally, Major Pulido is the founder of Warrior Nation, a movement focused on the rights of liberty, freedom and patriotism with an autobiography entitled Warrior for Freedom: Challenge, Triumph and Change, the Major Ed Pulido Story. His book can be purchased on Amazon or at local bookstores.
Major Pulido is a motivational speaker to many groups and often tells others that when he was in a moment of personal defeat had to make a decision that he would overcome the loss of his left leg, accept the challenge, and triumph to make a difference in the lives of others. He states, “My father once told me that when you take the oath of office to defend the greatest nation in the world, it is about God, Country, Family and all of those that serve in the Armed Forces of the United States America.” He holds that vision to this day. Overcoming his own tragedy, he hopes to help and be an inspiration to others.
Major Ed will be in the 5.11 Tactical booth at SHOT Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 19-20 from 2:30-3:30 pm to sign copies of his book and to help spread awareness about the Folds of Honor foundation.
5.11 Tactical supports Folds of Honor with a portion of the proceeds from sales of limited edition t-shirts and through fundraising and awareness event partnerships.