5 Star Male Models In New York City Announces Their "Veterans' Model Initiative" This Veterans' Day

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New York City's 5 Star Male Models will connect the fashion industry with model caliber military veterans through their new "Veterans' Model Initiative".

5 Star Male Models’ Founder and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Sullivan

5 Star Male Models Founder and Chief Operating Officer Thomas Sullivan

“Being a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran myself, I’ve always felt a special camaraderie with fellow servicemen,” says Thomas Sullivan, 5 Star Male Models’ founder and Chief Operating Officer.

On this Veteran’s Day, we each have many things to be thankful for. With the drawdown of coalition forces in Afghanistan, many American companies are showing their patriotism by promising jobs to our returning service members. 5 Star Male Models, part of New York City based 5 Star Global, LLC, is also joining in this job creation effort. Their newly announced “Veterans’ Model Initiative” will connect fashion designers with photogenic service members, giving these military veterans a new civilian job title, that of fashion brand ambassadors.

“Being a Vietnam era U.S. Army veteran myself, I’ve always felt a special camaraderie with fellow servicemen,” says Thomas Sullivan, 5 Star Male Models’ founder and Chief Operating Officer. “Even after the passage of several decades, this bond remains close and vibrant.”

It is a fact of life that most men do not possess the idyllic male model height of 6’2” or 188cm. Model caliber men can be found both shorter and taller than 6'2". To better reflect society at large, 5 Star Male Models has a flexible height range of between 5’2” and 6’5”, or 158cm to 198cm. Being very photogenic is their primary requirement, along with a genuine passion for fashion. Patience and a willingness to quickly follow orders are also essential, qualities that our servicemen possess in abundance.

“Putting politics aside, these returning veterans are our sons, brothers, cousins, coworkers and neighbors,” says Sullivan. “I’m glad that we’ve found our own unique way to be of service to them. The Council of Fashion Designers of America and individual designers might like to use veteran models but are unsure how to contact them. 5 Star hopes to serve as a bridge between the fashion industry and model caliber service veterans.”

5 Star Male Models is pleased to announce that they have chosen Captain James Van Thach, United States Army, Infantry (Retired) as the first member of their “Veterans’ Model Initiative” team. Captain James Van Thach is a highly decorated Iraqi War veteran who was twice wounded in the line of duty. Although now medically retired from active duty, these injuries did not keep him from going to war zones in Afghanistan and Israel to mentor fellow veterans. His multi-cultural heritage, charisma and experience in dealing with the media in front of cameras are all factors which guaranteed his selection. "I am very honored to have been selected by 5 Star Male Models as an example to the veteran community, that no obstacle can deter the limitless goals of a wounded veteran,” said Captain James Van Thach.

In closing, Mr. Sullivan remarks, “Captain James Van Thach’s ongoing efforts as an advocate on veterans’ issues and veteran suicide intervention truly make him a 5 Star role model for other veterans to follow. We would greatly appreciate the media and the public’s help in locating model caliber veterans. If you know any especially photogenic male service members, please put them in touch with us! Although based in New York City, we are working on fashion projects here in the United States as well as overseas. Moreover, we do not require “Veterans’ Model Initiative” candidates to come to us here. The selection process and interviews can be conducted online. Be brave! Hire or refer a veteran today!”

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