The New Orleans Saints and Community Coffee Company were proud to recognize Dylan Tete as the honorary captain for the Saints' match-up with Tennessee at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, Nov. 8.
Dylan was chosen out of a large pool of applicants as the honorary captain for his dedication to the greater New Orleans veteran community and Operation Homefront. He is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion, a Community of Resilience. Bastion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is building an internally-designed neighborhood in the Gentilly area of New Orleans for returning warriors and families with lifelong rehabilitative needs. The current design will have 80 homes, a wellness center and common areas for all families that live in the Bastion community. Ground will be broken in March 2016 for the Community of Resilience.
Dylan earned his Bachelors of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Before his most recent position as a civil servant working alongside the New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, he was hired by Miltary.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors in beginning new careers in the civilian workforce. For more information about Bastion, Dylan, or if you are interested in joining their residential program, please visit their website: www.joinbastion.org.
Community Coffee began supporting our military personnel by shipping pallets of coffee overseas and by supporting the efforts of the USO which helps our troops and their families through education, wellness, transition assistance and resiliency programs. Additionally, Community Coffee, in collaboration with its customers, thanks the men and women of the U.S. Military by doubling customer coffee orders for free through its Military Match program to ensure servicemen and servicewomen get a cup of home. This year, Community Coffee reached a new landmark with more than 55,000 pounds of coffee shipped to overseas military personnel since the program's inception. For more information about Community Coffee's Military Match program, please visit http://www.communitycoffee.com/militarymatch.