W. MI veteran turns success into Patriot Promise

Veterans Voices

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A West Michigan veteran is looking to give back to fellow veterans through his foundation.

“After my senior year at Michigan State (University), I joined the Air Force, served for six years on active duty and continued my military service over the course of 21 years,” recounted Robert W Taylor, CEO and owner of Alliant Healthcare Products.

Taylor founded the company in 2002. Last year, Alliant Healthcare Products sold more than $80 million worth of items on the federal market.

“I’ve been blessed with success but felt the need to really turn that back into taking care of other people’s success and taking care of veterans,” Taylor said.

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That is where his newest venture comes in. Two years ago, Taylor started the Patriot Promise Foundation.

His goal: create one organization where a veteran can find all the services they need to transition from a military life to civilian living.

“When they get out, they don’t fit. They can’t figure out how to fit back into society. Some of them have really big challenges of having nightmares. That translates into a lack of sleep, that translates into some of them starting to use alcohol or drugs to help them get through that,” he explained.

Taylor says the tens of thousands of veteran service organizations across the country are doing good work — they just don’t necessarily always work well together. His wants the Patriot Promise Foundation to change that.

“Not just give them jobs, not just job skills, but to teach them the everyday aspect of life, so they understand there is a new mission and new purpose for their life,” Taylor said.

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