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  1. Cephas

    Cephas Full Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Greetings all,

    I posted this last week in the new members forum and it was suggested I post it here since you all may know the answer since it applies to disabled veterans.
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    Are the any manufacturers OR suppliers of vaping equipment/e-juice that offer a discount, or better yet donates product to active duty US Service men and women or Veterans? I have searched this site and didn't come up with an answer so apologies if this question has been asked before.

    The reason I ask is because I work part-time at a personal care home and there are two disabled veterans there that are very interested in vaping especially since I started vaping. Both men are on a very fixed income and I would love to help them out and get them started properly even though I am new to all this. I will be ordering kits for both these guys this Thursday when I get paid from that Chinese company that seems to get some people around here all riled up but each guy only has about $45 to start and I was hoping there was a better option.

    Thank you.
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    Since posting I have ordered them both a kit and some juice, I had to add some of my limited funds for one of the men but what the heck, I was happy to do it. We're just waiting for the order to arrive.

    Thank you for any help and most especially, THANK YOU for your service.
     
  2. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    I'm not aware of any active groups or organizations that do this for vets. Considering DoD is doing their best to stamp out all forms of tobacco use, I don't think we'll see an official blessing for e-cig use for those who could really use 'em.
     
  3. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    I remember reading a few articles about a venture that donated gear/juice to active duty overseas, but there was some shadiness going on. Apparently the dude was selling some of the stuff, with the excuse that shipping needed paying for. That venture fell through.

    After that, the dude from Flavorz by Joe (spelling?) who contributed a lot of merchandise started up his own thing. Think I read about it on ecigadvanced. Might check out their stories there, or someone here might remember that.

    As far as donations for vets, I haven't read/heard anything about that so far. Many companies do offer discounts for military, but not sure about vets. You could try emailing companies you are interested in buying from, explain the situation to them. They might want to see some verification of the situation, but you might just get the help you are looking for in trying that. Also, I think there is a Pay It Forward section here on ECF, you could try checking that out and see if there is anyone doing stuff for vets.

    Please do let us know how this turns out. I'm curious to see if there is anyone out there doing these things.
     
  4. Cephas

    Cephas Full Member

    Aug 1, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thank you for the replies. I will check out ecigadvanced and the Pay It Forward section here at ECF.

    I figured I would have to do some leg work myself with this and that's ok. Emailing companies directly will probably be the best bet. Verification of the situation wouldn't be a problem. I wish there was a B&M near me though, I do much better with soliciting/fund raising face to face. We'll see what happens.

    I really want to help these guys out. They are both heavy smokers and so much of their income goes to cigs. They have both tried my basic ego set-up and really seem to like it. One of the gentleman is looking to quit the analogs altogether and the other is just looking to cut down. I will certainly keep everyone posted.

    Thanks again. Any other advice or possible vendors/manufactures who might be sympathetic appreciated.
     
  5. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    I'll poke around a bit, and see what I can come up with.


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  6. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot The Dirty Monkey Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Grafenwöhr, Germany
  7. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Texas
  8. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    That is what I was looking for, couldn't remember the name! Good find Xobeloot!

    Hope that helps you out OP. there might even be another one out there also, started by that guy from Flavorz by Joe (Joe Castro).

    https://www.facebook.com/VapeSoldiers


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  9. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    I think what you are pointing to used to belong to project vape a soldier. They're not around any more.
     
  10. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    Yeah, that original guy was allegedly scamming and selling donated stuff when he wasn't supposed to. That Joe Castro fellow, from what I read, started up a new organization to pick back up the mission of sending donated gear and juice down range, with more oversight and transparency. Read that he was PO'd that even he was taken advantage of because it was ejuice donated by him that got sold, when it shouldn't have been.

    Wouldn't be surprised if there was a few threads about this on ECF also.

    VapeSoldiers is different than Project Vape-A-Soldier (I think!), here is the link to ecigadvanced that talks about it. Check out the comments left on that article down below, is where I got the first link I just posted a few minutes ago.

    http://www.ecigadvanced.com/blog/vape-a-soldier-shuts-down-amid-allegations/


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  11. Rickajho

    Rickajho ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 23, 2011
    Boston MA
  12. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    Day behind on that suggestion, but kudos as you actually provided the link that I didn't!


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  13. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot The Dirty Monkey Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Grafenwöhr, Germany
    the other option would be to just get a few people you work with to chip in $20 each and do this:

    2x k100 mech mods
    2x Nitecore 2-battery charger
    10x Basic cartomizers
    4x Batteries

    With shipping from a couple places, you'd be looking at approximately $129.95 for 2 full (good) mechanical mod setups.

    If you can make that happen, I'm sure there are plenty of people in the PIF area who would be happy to kick in some juice. Hell, I'd be happy to make a bottle for each guy.
     
  14. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot The Dirty Monkey Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Grafenwöhr, Germany
    I'm sure there are cheaper cig-a-like type options out there, but if you are going to get these guys something... Get them something cool!
     
  15. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    Mechs might be too much for these folks to start with. Probably better to get them something simpler, like a Twist/spinner, and either bcc's or cartos.

    Edit: these guys should have cool stuff though. Just don't want them to have something too complicated that turns them off of getting better.

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  16. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot The Dirty Monkey Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Grafenwöhr, Germany
    The setups I posted above used basic cartos. Can utilize carto-tanks or rebuildables later. Why go light when they can go functional!

    My very first mech was a legacy 18350 with cartos. Buuuuuuuut... There is always this route (still need juice and extra cartos of course)
     
  17. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    I, too, would never recommend a mechanical for a beginner. Start off simple and easy. Expecting a new vaper to understand mechanicals and the hazards associated with them would turn more off of vaping than convert.
     
  18. Xobeloot

    Xobeloot The Dirty Monkey Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 29, 2013
    Grafenwöhr, Germany
    Putting a carto on a mech is no different than putting a carto on an ego. just has a longer battery life. BUUUUUUUUUT I'll roll with it.

    My last post I linked $20 basic ego kits. $39.90 for 2 of them. Free shipping (few weeks from china). Call it a day.
     
  19. Borescoped

    Borescoped Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 24, 2013
    Minot, ND
    I was thinking more along the lines of these types items to start with, prices listed as of this post date:

    GEAR:
    EVOD 6-in-1 Rechargeable 1300mAh Electronic Cigarettes Setdouble e-cigarette / black / 2.5Ω / US plug - $21.83 per kit

    EGO-C Twist "1100mAh" Variable Voltage Rechargeable Battery for E-Cigaretteblack / 3.2-4.8V / 930mAh actual capacity - $12.69 each
    ^-------->(needs a separate (if you don't have one already) USB Charger for EGO Electronic Cigarettecable length 25cm - $2.38 each)

    EGO-VV 1100mAh Rechargeable Variable Voltage E-Cigarette Battery with 0.7" LCD (passthru variable voltage, won't need a backup battery!) - $17.93 each

    EVOD Electronic Cigarette Round Mouth Atomizer (5-Pack / 1.5mL)2.0Ω - $12.64 for the 5 pack, $2.65 for singles (use drop down menu)

    EVOD Electronic Cigarettes Atomizer Heating Core (5-Pack)1.8Ω / silver (replacement evod heads) - $4.09 for a 5 pack.


    Ejuices:

    Mount Baker Vapor - Great prices, don't need a discount since the costs are low! Like $5 for 15ml's of juice, cheaper when you get a larger quantity.

    Velvet Vapors - Owned/operated by a military spouse, who was prior military herself. Does military discounts. I've ordered from her, I only disliked one of the juices. Can stack the military discount on the sale items.

    Ahlusion - Owned/operated by a military family also, according to their "About Us" section. Not sure if they do discounts, but you could always contact them and see if they can discount/donate? I've heard their stuff is really good (Ahlusion E-juice thread), but I can't speak from personal experience, as I haven't ordered from them... yet.

    Naturally-Extracted-Tobacco.com - CarbonThief (Clay) just started this business, former military also. His Big Spirit cigarette style NET ejuice is getting excellent reviews from his customers (mine is ready to pick up from the post office). Something to look into also. Here's the thread link for this Naturally-Extracted-Tobacco - Grand Opening!!!


    Brick & Mortar stores in Pittsburgh area:

    Regarding a Brick & Mortar near you, you could check out VaporSearchUSA. Here is a thread link also here on ECF, you can check this out "Any "brick-and-mortars" around Pittsburgh". Maybe get good info there from those folks, or advice for your local area.

    Can you tell us anything about these vets you are helping out? Knowing a little about them could help us help you better with ideas/recommendations (don't need names or too specific info, but if you are assisting them, do they have problems/conditions that prevent them from being able to use complicated stuff?)

    If you need more info, or have further questions, please drop back in here and let us know. Stop back in here and let us know anyways LOL. Feel free to PM me also, as I'm curious to see if they have gotten the help that they need. Vets of any type should be taken care of.

    Edit: My good ECF friend BillbeckUSA likes to give this set out as an example, and it's a good set, but I'm not sure if it is cost effective enough for your needs.

    MyVaporStore - Spinner/Twist Ego VV Tank Combo - $69.95

    Edit #2: Here is a thread link for another of Bill's great posts, with good info, it's post #4: Battery questions / advice
     
  20. wyllic

    wyllic Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 29, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    I'm really sad that I didn't see this post sooner.

    I'm the founder and co-director of Vape a Vet. We're a Non-Profit Organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. We provide starter kits and juice to Active Duty and Retired members of the United States Military. There's a full application that's required in order to ensure that we follow proper guidelines of service. But anyone that is in need of some assistance can travel to our website at www.vapeavet.org and there's a tab to fill out a request for an application.

    If anyone has any questions, concerns, or would like more information, please don't hesitate to hit me up on here, or email us at info@vapeavet.org
     
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