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RENSSELER COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Veteran Made Woodworks is a patriotic local company in Rensselaer County making handcrafted furniture and wall hangings.

Every item can be custom designed, painted and engraved and proudly features an American flag, honoring veterans, police officers and firefighters.

Owner Anthony Guadagnino says the most rewarding part is the response from customers.

“There’s a lot of emotion and that’s what drives us, that’s something that helps out because we get messages from grown men crying. We see that flag every morning before we see our kids,” said Guadagnino. “We take that attention to detail that we have in the military and we put it into our product.”

Veteran Made Woodworks sold 1,200 flags and hope to top that number this year. They have plans to eventually expand the business into a bigger space and hopefully employ more veterans.

A Meaningful Purpose for Veteran Made Woodworks

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A Meaningful Purpose for Veteran Made Woodworks

Anthony Guadagnino started making handcrafted wooden American flags three years ago. It started as a gift for a friend but quickly turned into something more.

“When I gave it to him, some of the guys there, just kind of, bells and whistles started turning and we said, ‘Well, maybe we have something here,’ ” Guadagnino said.

Three years later, Guadagnino and his team have made more than 3,000 of these wooden flags. Orders come in from across the country, usually as a gift for someone in the military or law enforcement.

“We take it very seriously,” Guadagnino said. “There’s a lot of meaning, a lot of symbolism; something that’s going to be hanging in someone’s home.”

It also means a lot for Guadagnino and his team to make these flags. They’re also veterans. Guadagnino joined the Marines in 1999 and deployed to Iraq in 2003.

“Making the flags, it means something to us, it’s important to us,” Guadagnino said. “So it’s got an emotional factor.”

The emotional factor is what drives them to make sure every little detail is done right. It also brings them together to paint, wax, and engrave these flags in their free time.

Today, Guadagnino serves in the Army, working at the Watervliet Arsenal.

“It’s a team of guys that get together and you know we have a blast, some camaraderie,” Guadagnino said. “That’s what the military is all about.”

With the holiday season in full swing, orders are beginning to pick up. Guadagnino expects to make more than 1,200 flags for 2018.

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Veteran Made Woodworks Melissa McMahon Custom Flag Raffle

This past week, a close friend of the Veteran Made team, Sean, lost his wife, Melissa McMahon.

Melissa passed away on August 3, 2018, at 31 years old. She is survived by her loving husband, Sean McMahon, and her two beautiful children, Brenna and Sean Michael. As a nurse, Melissa dedicated her life to helping people and is cherished and lovingly remembered by all whose lives she has touched. Sean is a Troy Police officer and will now be raising his two wonderful children without his beloved wife Melissa. We are looking to tap into the local community to help our brother Sean. Military members, veterans, police officers and first responders carry a bond of brotherhood and take care of one of our own.  We are looking to help in the only way we know how, using our platform of spreading patriotism and freedom to do some good for others.  Enter to win a custom flag, help a brother, help a family and make a difference in your community, thank you so much for your support.

Custom Flag Raffle

The team at Veteran Made Woodworks is asking our loyal customers to participate in our raffle, with 100% of the proceeds donated to Sean McMahon and their children.

This raffle will be for a $300 credit for a custom engraved flag from Veteran Made Woodworks. Each entry is $10.

The Veteran Made Woodworks McMahon Raffle is now closed - thank you for your support of the McMahon family in this difficult time.  If you would like to make a further donation, an account has been set up for Brenna and Sean Michael McMahon.  Any donations can be made at any CapCom Branch location in their name. CLICK HERE for a list and map of the CapCom Branches near you.

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A laser-engraved connection

What an honor to be able to reconnect and present a personalized laser engraved flag for the Kiendzior family! Pat and I served in the Marines and deployed to Iraq together in 2003. Great time getting the families together and hearing all about “Chance” and Delta Dog!

Check out this gorgeous flag that Patrick and his OpDD Chance received! It’s beautiful! Thank you Veteran Made Woodworks LLC for sharing these great pictures! – Operation Delta Dog

A Mother’s Day Gift for a Gold Star Mother

Presenting our gift to Gold Star Mother Carrie Farley

We receive requests for donations every day but deciding whom to gift a flag and “give back” was an easy decision to make. Carrie Farley is a Gold Star Mother to SSG Derek Farley. SSG Farley was killed August 17 2009 in Afghanistan while he was trying to defuse an IED.

Our friend and Carrie’s Co-Worker Ed Yamin told us all about her, her son and how she has dedicated her life to serving others. She works to support Veteran’s and this great Nation through the Gold Star Mother’s. She has endured what no one should have to feel yet turned struggle into a positive.

Happy Mother’s Day to Gold Star Mother Carrie Farley we hope this gift honors your sacrifice and serves as a symbol of freedom for years to come.

SSG Derek Farley
SSG Derek Farley
Gold Star Mother Carrie Farley
Gold Star Mother Carrie Farley

BHM: Troy native says Army helped shape his life

We are very proud to have Robert Hicks as a part of our team and to call him a friend. Have a look at this Spectrum News piece highlighting his service and experience in the Army. Rob has a hand in every flag we make, a true motivator and patriot!

SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: A Troy native and Army veteran had no idea what to expect when he joined the Army, years later he couldn’t imagine his life any other way. In the final installment of our Black History month series, Solomon Syed introduces you to Sergeant Robert Glen Hicks.

Watch the video at Spectrum News »

Holiday gift guide shines light on entrepreneurial veterans

Big thanks to the VBOC for highlighting us in their Holiday Gift Guide….and making the Troy Record!

WATERVLIET, N.Y. >> Looking for a last-minute holiday gift? The Watervliet Arsenal Business and Technology Partnership has a whole list of gifts that also support local veterans.

The partnership created a Holiday Gift Guide on its website at as a way to help shoppers find just the right gift while also showing their support for veteran-owned business. From a copy of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Gibson’s book “Rally Point” — Gibson is a retired military commander — or a ride on the Spa City Brew Bus to dinner at Clark’s Steakhouse in Schuylerville or a wooden flag from Veteran Made Woodworks of Troy, the guide includes unique items and experiences provided by veteran-led business throughout the region.

“For the past three or four weeks, you’ve been getting bombarded in your email from anyplace you’ve ever shopped online with gifts for her, gifts for him, gifts for the kids, gifts for mom, gifts for dad,” explained partnership President Peter Gannon, “so we thought, we’ve worked with so many veteran-owned businesses through the Veterans Business Outreach Center, why don’t we put our own little spin on this holiday tradition.”

The partnership launched the online guide on its website about two weeks ago.

“It’s like a little nod to what we do at the Veterans Business Outreach Center, being able to showcase and highlight some of our veteran-owned companies and the clients that we’ve worked with to see their businesses grow,” said Zach Yakel, client services and project coordinator for the partnership.

Other veteran-owned businesses featured in the guide includes The Salt Den in Latham, Hot Yoga Queensbury, Big Moose Deli and Country Store in Hoosick and Hair Journeys Beauty Salon in Albany.

“I think the other cool thing about this is that almost all these [businesses] have an option for an online gift card, too, so if down the stretch here during the last couple of days [until Christmas], if people are stuck you can [do that],” said Gannon.

Organizers said their hope for the guide is that it can help veterans grow their businesses while also encouraging people to shop locally.

“The goal of the program is that we want to see every veteran entrepreneur that we speak with grow their business,” explained Yakel. “We help from inception to development and growth, so this is a great way to kind of tip our hats to the men and women who have served our country. They are now not only contributing to our local economy, but in the holiday season, you’re able to give back to our veterans.”

Organizers said the guide will be active through Christmas Day, and they intend to expand the program out in the future.

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Shout Out to a Friend of Veteran Made Woodworks

A huge shout out to our friends Jeremy and Andrea who just went through the fights of their lives and came out still undefeated! For those who don’t know Jeremy is a friend of ours, he happens to have 2 of our flags but might as well be a spokesman for us! He recently had emergency heart surgery and is recovering now, doing well. Cheers to Jeremy, father husband, law enforcement officer, Navy Veteran and more…Veteran Made has your 6!