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About Us

Surplus Americans was founded in 2016 by Hunter Bruce and Jason White in Austin, TX, with the hope to be able to share their sense of community, skill sets, and overall positive mental outlook on coping with all the challenges that come with civilian life. Surplus Americans focuses on creating events and opportunities to bring veterans of all ages and creeds together to support each other in anyway possible.

 

Programs range from homeless veteran outreach, rescuing aging veterans homes, to trying to help veterans find work. Surplus Americans is 100% volunteer based with all proceeds going directly back to supporting veterans.

 

We encourage all veterans and those whose lives have been touched by a veteran to join our family and build a stronger future for this proud community of warriors!

 

Our Mission

We believe every veteran needs a strong family and supportive community to discover their potential and maintain happiness as they create their future.

Surplus Americans is a Central Texas based nonprofit founded with the mission to build a strong veteran community.

 

We focus on the betterment of veteran living situations and mental health through targeted programs developed with peer to peer motivation as the driving initiative. 

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Our Name

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As we were thinking about a name for the nonprofit that would resonate with people, we kept coming back to the word "Surplus."

 

As a service member, one cannot help but feel just like another disposable piece of equipment, especially after making the decision to separate from the military. There is an underlying feeling of sitting lost and forgotten; cast aside like relics of war found on a shelf at your local military surplus store. This sentiment is exponentially more real for those who find themselves living on the streets.

 

We then chose "Americans" to remind us that despite our differences in race, gender, sexuality, religious background or political views, we are all, in fact, Americans. Therefore it is our duty to come together as ONE, and support those who raised their right hand for ALL Americans.

 

These words bring together those forgotten and overlooked with those who have the desire to take care of them.

Our Logo

At the top of the logo we start with a roof, meant to symbolize not only the community we are creating for all veterans, but also our work to find homes for homeless veterans.

 

The "S" and "A" stand for Surplus Americans. The "S" being in the background to represent what we are trying to fix and the "A" in the foreground to remind us that we are all Americans

 

The OD green cross with a stitched border is our symbol for the work it takes to hold our community together.

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We believe every veteran needs a strong family and supportive community to discover their potential and maintain happiness as they create their future.

Our Founders

Hunter Bruce

While in the Army, Hunter Bruce was a member of the United States Cavalry. After graduating OSUT training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, Hunter spent the remainder of his career with the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. While in 4th brigade, 1-61 Cavalry, he underwent two combat deployments to Afghanistan. His first tour took place from 2008-2009 during the first major surge of troops into Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tasked with the security of Paktika and Paktia Provinces, 1-61 CAV created positive relations with local government and coalition forces, protected villages and roads from threat of IED's, and established key outposts in enemy territory. Having seen direct and intense combat, Hunter received his Combat Action Badge and the Army Achievement Medal, as well as the Presidential Unit Citation for efforts in the fight against the Taliban.

 

Hunter's second deployment took place from 2010-2011 in The Nangarhar Province. After completing MTT Sniper School, he was promoted to Sergeant and Dismounted Team Leader within his platoon. 1-61 CAV saw an unprecedented amount of IED contact during this period as well as substantial loss of life. For actions taken, SGT Bruce was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and his second Presidential Unit Citation.

 

Since his separation from the service, Hunter has worked as a Military contractor helping to support the training of our National Guard and continues to focus efforts on helping out the Veteran Community.

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Jason White

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