Brad Israel Speaks About Homes For Our Troops

(SPANISH FORT, Ala.) Aug. 18, 2017On Aug. 3, 68 Ventures and Truland Homes’ Chief Operating & Leadership Officer, Brad Israel, spoke at a charitable event supporting a veteran’s initiative called Homes For Our Troops.  As a veteran and Green Beret, Brad spoke alongside the Executive Director of Homes For Our Troops, Bill Ivey, the wounded warrior home recipient, Elliott Smith and also COL Danny McKnight, 3rd BN, 75th Ranger Regiment, the ground force commander during the historical “Black Hawk Down” mission.

Brad spoke to a sold out crowd on the 68 Ventures purpose statement, “to see all we can do with all we have been given”, how it applies in everyday lives and how it carries over from his time serving overseas. He highlighted the servant leadership model embraced by 68 Ventures and its subsidiaries and challenged everyone in the room to join him on this journey as well.

68 Ventures places heavy emphasis on stewardship opportunities in an effort to be a community and market leader, give back, and pay it forward. They believe this is what enhances the ability for their businesses to be meaningful places to work and say their employees all do better, feel better, and live better when they work to fulfill their noble pursuit.

According to, “Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post – 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives.” The veterans are allowed to choose where they want their new home to be built and the home is specifically designed around that veteran and their specific needs.

For more information on Homes For Our Troops, please visit

Your 68 makes you tick.

Your 68 drives you to do the things you do.

In short, your 68 makes you strive to be better.

Your 68 is derived from the jersey number worn by hockey legend Jaromir Jagr during his illustrious career.

Jagr’s grandfather was killed in 1968 during the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, so he wore the number 68 to honor his grandfather and his entire country every time he took the ice. Jagr was great because he didn’t play for money or medals – he played for his family and his country.

We take great pride in challenging not only one another, but also everyone we work with to seek out, identify and pursue their own 68.