Why a Challenge Coin?
Challenge Coins are a special tradition within the military. They are used as a form of recognition for a “job well done” or to acknowledge service and appreciation. Coins are collected and valued for their uniqueness and the prestige of the organization they represent. Challenge Coins can come in nearly any shape and size. Most commonly, they are round or oblong in shape, to make them easy to carry. What makes each coin unique is the distinctive design of the unit’s insignia and motto.
Breastfeeding has many well-known health benefits for both mother and baby, however making it work while serving in the military is a challenge due to many factors such as long hours, deployments and separations. What better way to support every mother who is successful than by offering her a Challenge Coin!
I am a US Navy veteran who breastfed while on active duty. I decided to launch this Kickstarter Project because I feel that it is time to honor and celebrate the wonderful achievement of giving the breast for baby and country. A Challenge Coin is a great way to show support in a tangible form. I designed a challenge coin for all mothers who have breastfed while serving in the military (whether on active duty, the Guard or Reserves), and I want to get the design into production. I have to order a minimum of 100 coins.
If I reach the funding goal, I will be able to place the order for the challenge coins. Any amount pledged above the initial goal will be used to order a larger quantity.
The coin will be 1.75" with the front of the coin showing 2 mothers, one officer and one enlisted, breastfeeding their babies, with the 5 branches of the military on a white field, surrounded by the words "Giving the Breast for Baby and Country" on a green field.
The back of the coin shows a pair of combat boots and the slogan "Protect, Promote and Support" on a white field, surrounded by the words "Breastfeeding in Combat Boots".
The officer and enlisted mothers represent the breastfeeding mothers of ALL ranks within the military who have the common goal of providing breastmilk to their babies.
The boots represent the hard work of providing breastmilk through deployments, separations, and long work days away from one's baby.
The color pink represents breastfeeding.
The color green represents the military.
The color gold represents the 'Gold Standard' of breastfeeding.
If you have any questions about this project, please let me know. I am happy to answer any questions you have. Thank you for your consideration and support for this project.
Risks and challenges
At present, the coins exist only as a design. If the project is fully funded, the company that has been chosen for production, All About Coins, will mint the coins.
For design and manufacturing I've partnered with All About Coins, a company that has made challenge coins for the US Armed Forces, civilian companies and many other government organizations. I am confident in their ability to manufacture these in a timely manner, and to the posted specifications.
Risks and challenges to this project include production issues by the manufacturer, and not selling enough to make the initial order.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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