USO, Horse Soldier Bourbon Host 'Whiskey and War Stories,' Share Stories of Triumph and Challenges of Serving in U.S. Military

The United Service Organizations (USO) in partnership with veteran owned Horse Soldier Bourbon® are hosting ‘Whiskey and War Stories,’ a memorable evening event featuring the founders of Horse Soldier Bourbon®.

‘Whiskey and War Stories,’ will take place Sept. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Mariposa, located at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, 500 S. Tryon Street Charlotte, N.C., 28202.

Guests and attendees will enjoy refreshments, a Horse Soldier Bourbon® tasting and specialty cocktails while hearing legendary stories from the U.S. Army Green Berets of Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 595 – who were not only the first U.S. Special Forces unit to enter Afghanistan on horseback following the 9/11 attacks but who, upon completing their service, embarked upon an adventure to create a legendary bourbon brand.

“The USO is honored to partner with the founders Horse Soldier Bourbon for this memorable occasion, celebrating the legacy of the Green Berets of ODA 595, while sharing amazing stories and good spirits in support of our local military communities,” said Edward Lord, Senior Development and Board Relations Officer, USO Southeast Region.

Through storytelling, the USO, the founders of Horse Soldier Bourbon® and fellow veterans are able to connect with one another while educating the public on the unique challenges and shared joys and hardships service members and their families experience during their military journey, especially those who have served in combat.

“We have built Horse Soldier Bourbon on true American values. It’s these same values that represent this ideal alignment between Horse Soldier Bourbon and the USO,” said Robert Schaefer, Co-Founder of Horse Soldier Bourbon. “On numerous occasions throughout my time on active duty, I personally benefited from the USO’s best-in-class services and support that the USO provides to service members and their families across the globe, and we are proud to be a part of this event.”

As part of our upcoming Whiskey and War Stories series, corporate partners like Bank of America, and military supporters within the local community can help the USO celebrate and honor the dedication of our military service members, while making meaningful and lasting connections with those who have sacrificed so much for our county and who are willing to open up and share their unique stories and experiences of combat with us.

Together with the support of the local community, we can provide support, comfort and a listening ear to our service members as they utilize storytelling as a means to navigate and confront the physical and mental challenges they face as part of the military lifestyle.

Media wishing to attend this event should contact the USO Southeast Region Communications Manager, Barry Morris at to make arrangements by 3 p.m. Sept. 8.

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