Everyone is pleased with the convention pins. I know they will sell well. Thank you for your consistent work for the VFW. We really appreciate it.
Robin T. - Department Executive Assistant
I couldn't be happier. The quality is fantastic... you took my vision and made it a reality. Thank you so much.
Rob R. - District Commander
We handed them out to our veterans here and they love them. Thanks so much.
Dawn P. - Government Contractor
I have been wanting to thank you for the great service. The pins are just what was ordered. Again thanks for the prompt service and design.
Butch B. - District Commander
I am writing to you with sincere appreciation. You made my dad very happy! My father will be 94 yrs. old in January, but he doesn't let ANYTHING stop him from honoring his fellow veterans. Our family is truly grateful to you for his pins.
Joanne F. - Daughter Of A Veteran
Thank you, the pins and they are beautiful. I appreciate the hard work that was put into making the pins. I will definitely recommend your service to anyone that needs pins for their organization. I will be calling on you again. Thanks again.
Edward S. - Grand Commander
Thanks much…they look great…thanks for the quick turn on these.
Jerry C. - Supreme Commander
The pins and coins look fantastic! Far beyond my expectations!!!!
Bill M. - State Commander
I LOVE them. Great job!! I know the next two officers coming up behind me wants your info so I will give it to them
Pam K. - State Auxiliary President
Thank you for your promptness in fulfilling the order. I will have them out at our next Chapter meeting. I'm sure we'll have a near sell-out! Thank you also for the poster. It will be a nice display by the pins.
Norma Weissend, President Genessee Valley Chapter MOAA
it’s a perfect impulse buy. the pins these have proven to be great sellers. we really like all of the designs. I’d like to triple our last order.
rose ball, commemorative air force museum
Good morning. I sold 28 pins the first day! I got them Friday just in time for our district meeting. Also, I gave out fly out flyers and told the other posts about them so expect some more orders soon! everyone loved them and talked about how good the quality was.
Michael irish, post 4742 GA
I took home a pack of Patriotic Pins last week from the VFW National Convention for our Auxiliary to sell. Our meeting was tonight and we sold over half of them. Thank You,
Cindy Unland vfw post 5480 ky
My Pins are Here! They look great! Can you tell I am excited?
betty stahm md vfw aux
the pins look great, i can't wait to take them to our fundraiser this weekend. thank you
Robert Hicks Troop 64 Bradenton Florida
Looks outstanding, thanks for the good job you’ve done. I’m sure I’ll be pleased with the final product as I’ve seen much of your work and there’s none better. Thanks again
Bill Havlin, SC State Sr Vice Cmdr
They are Awesome and we’re really happy with them. Thank you so very much for all your hard work and help on these.
Cheryl, QM VFW OR
We LOVE them!!!! Thank you.
Natasha Gasser, Director AAF Tank Museum
we are well pleased and will gladly spread the word about your company.
John Starnes, USS Kearsarge Reunion
They are exceptionally wonderful. They are exactly as Harry & I pictured they would be. Thank You SOOOO much for your help & kindnesses.
Dolores sheeley. ny vfw aux
Everything looks fun which is what it should be. The pins are brightly colored and looks just like the picture you sent. GREAT JOB! Thank you for all of your hard work.
colleen rylant moca co
I really like the design. It definitely is something unique to our group.
Colleen Rylant, CO MOCA
I am pleased with your service. I will pass your services on to my friends.
Howard Campbell, MOC Grand of WA
tim peters, mt qm
Thanks so much. I'm sure they'll all go over big at our Rides for Strides Poker run. Everyone so far has been excited with the ones we chose.
Dixie Norris, VFW Aux dept of ga
Thank you very much for your expedited handling of our request with top notch service. It is very much appreciated.
Homer Wetherby. VVA Honor Detail, Vermont
They are very nice! Not everyone has seen them yet, but I snapped a few pics and sent them off. And thank you so much for the extra gifts, the tie bar, money clip and stick pin, which will probably given as awards at next year’s celebration event. By the way, in case you did not make it to the Flag Day program at Patriot Plaza, the guides were wearing the pin stand-ins on their vests and were excited to know that the ‘real’ gift was coming soon! The Guides at Patriot Plaza are wearing their pins as they work at SNC and give tours this week thanks to your quick thinking. I appreciate that!
Carol Lipp, Patterson Foundation
I received my pins today. They exactly what I wanted, they are beautiful. Thank you & I'm passing your information to the Ladies in line behind me. You did an outstanding job.
Judy Peacock, MS VFW Aux
we are very pleased with the quality and craftsmanship! Thank you!
Ken Thames, VFW Post 2438
just want to let you know the pins are great. Thanks You always do a good job on them just wanted to let know that.
karen mcclendon, moc sc
We received our coins today, thanks, awesome as usual. We appreciate your hard work. Thanks.
Doug Roberts, St Louis Secret Service
they are AWESOME!! Thank you so much. we are very happy with them! We will definitely be doing business with you again!
Stephanie cowart, vfw post 4411
i just opened my box of pins... WOW!!!!! OUTSTANDING!!!! AWESOME!!!! ....Just a few words on my mind. Totally perfect!!! The pins look great and a sincere Thank You for the extras...money clip, tie clip and others for my use. They ALL look outstanding!!! I am very very happy with the order, and also so glad I went with you and your company! Hats off to you and your grateful staff!!! VERY IMPRESSED!!!
A sincere thank you
Will Grays OH VFW
Pins look Great. Thanks
Jim, uss forrestal reunion
Thank you so much for keeping this process simple and easy.
James Halttunen, Fort Pitt Block House
Thank you so much, appreciate your attention to detail and promptness.
We love your pins and the quality is so good for the price. Our vets love them !!
Cheryl Popp. Honor Flight Tri-State
I have been very impressed with your level of customer service.... Just gave your name to a coworker who is also looking at having some pins done.
Erika Burgess, Army Aviation
We love them…..Thanks for a great job as always!
Kevin & Kathy Woodward, VFW ME
WOW thank you! The pins are beautiful and just what I wanted.
wade beams, ar vfw
The Commander is extremely happy with them. GREAT JOB!!!!
robin Thompson, vfw florida
the pins are "perfect". I am very happy with them. You did a marvelous job of interpreting our back-and-forth e mails and conversations to make this lovely pin. Thank you again for a fine job.
Pat Sistrand, FL MOCA president
The pins arrived EXACTLY in the nick of time!! Amazing work! They went over great! Thanks for your hard work to get them here on time. They made a difference in the meeting, believe me.
Jim Darrah, MOC MS
the coins! They look really good. Nice doing business with you.
john sain - commander vfw post 8512
our incoming Supreme Commander loves it! thanks.
Jason miller. moc supreme
Thanks, they are going over GREAT! We need to place ANOTHER reorder.
Mary Stroud, Department of Nevada President
I placed this order with you based on the recommendation of Past Commander in Chief John Gwizdak, VFW Department of Georgia Adjutant David Pipes and several other past commanders. I must admit your level of service and professionalism are excellent. I would certainly hope the chair officers will consider you as a source for future production. They have asked me who I am using and I have told them.
Al Lipphardt, VFW GA
I've already started passing them out. They turned out great, I've gotten a lot of compliments on how nice they are.
Warren G. Booker, MOC NM
Looks great. Everyone thrilled. They look wonderful. Just what the doctor ordered to celebrate our 60th. Thanks bunches.
JACK moody, vfw post 6812
Thank you again for designing the pin that shares the message so meaningfully.
Diana Ahearn, military suicide awareness
Boy! Did you do a super good job on making the Medallions-Pins! Thanks, Aaron, for all of your work on them. I will recommend you to anyone.
John Barnard, MOC Grand of AZ
Thank you for the last order. The pins are selling beautifully and we need to order more (already).
Judy Arnold, Department MT President
I am very pleased with my pins & very much appreciate the extras. I am very impressed with the professionalism of your business. Your pin design, meeting your schedules and follow-up are excellent. You are a “man of your word” and that is becoming more and more rare and hard to find in our country these days. I most certainly will recommend you anytime the opportunity presents itself for your type products.
William Rodgers, Petersburg HS
Got them and LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!!!! Will get a check sent on Monday when I get back home. John says its the best cancer pin he has seen and trust me, he's seen a few. Did I mention I LOVE them? Thanks and chomping at the bit to hand them out on Saturday!
mary stroud, vfw aux nv
we got them in plenty of time for our ceremony and all the Vietnam Vets loved them. I hope you were able to sell more of them to other buyers.
susan simmons, ga vfw Vietnam vets
I received my pins and they are absolutely super. They look so great when you see them in person. Mary has been traveling with John to the Inauguration so I don't know if she has seen them yet. I fully believe you will hear a "war hoop" when she does!!!
Bob Garlow, NV VFW
I was surprised the pins came so quickly. They look great! The antique ones came out really nice.
Jean Clark, MOC Aux FL
they are perfect – I know my auxiliary presidents will be proud to have them. I will surely pass along your contact information to the officers coming up the line. Thanks again.
Laine Beckwith , Sr. Vice President, Department of Virginia
You have outdone yourself. Got the pins today and they look great! We will be giving them out at Grand lodge next week. Your work, price, promptness and quality speak for themselves. BUT WE WILL BRAG ON YOU ANYWAY! I have put the word out about your great service.
Randy Meadows, AL Masonic Lodge 907
They look great thank you!!
Kelly Furtick, Ft Benning Spouses Club
Thanks - as usual they were just what we wanted.
Fred Kratz, VFW Post 2064 NY
Just received my pins and I love them! They are selling good. It’s a unique design and liked by everyone. I will be contacting you for a reorder. I also gave your information to an upcoming officer in the Department. Thanks again.
Carol Fetters, Mississippi Ladies Auxiliary VFW
Thanks for the speedy service – we had enough for our trip and are now set for the year!!
There’s a rally today and we are giving them out to everyone! Thanks.
Cheryl Popp, Honor Flight (TriState)
Your pins look far better than others I have seen and/or received. I appreciate your efforts.
Lisa Purnell, MOC Grand of MD
I just wanted to let you know that I received my Gingerbread pins today and I am VERY, VERY pleased!!! Thank you for working with me on the design and coloring and... for holding my hand through the phone as you guided me through all of my concerns. I look forward to our Dept Convention in June and to be able to hand out my membership pins with pride!!! Once again, many thanks.
Ginger Amos, VFW Aux Dept of NC
Thanks Aaron! you have been a joy to work with!!!
Ginger Amos, VFW Aux NC
Our coins arrived. It’s the nicest coin I’ve ever seen, and I have quite a large collection. Thank you very much! I’d like to order more, attached to money clips.
Jim Lorenzo, AL VFW
The emblems have arrived in good shape. Thanks for your help - the veterans in our post will enjoy the distinctive product.
Ed Brooks, VFW Post 10227
I enjoy working with such a prompt, professional person.
pam manuel, vfw dept of ms
They are perfect and going fast!! I was actually looking to order another 100 if possible.
Livia Sestini, Philadelphia Secret Service
Just received my order and the pins are beautiful and wonderful. It's a pleasure to work with someone who's done this for a while. The design and workmanship of my pins are outstanding. THANK YOU AGAIN.!!!
Sandy Miller, VFW Aux Dept. of Oregon
The pins arrived safely. Thank you. Our ladies are hoping to sell lots of pins. The interest for them seems to be growing.
Diana Ahearn, VFW Post 2593 Aux, Arnold, Missouri
Pins arrived and look great!!!! Thank you so much, it’s exactly what I wanted.
Gail Payne, MOC VA Auxiliary President
I am very pleased with my President's pins. I have already talked with the lady following me in the chairs.
Thank you very much. Carol Fetters, VFW MS Aux President
My shipment of Pins just arrived. What wonderful, wonderful service! You shipped the pins Monday, and there is no way my check could have arrived over the weekend. Wonderful service. Thanks again!
Don Power, Masonic Lodge 1346, TX
You are the greatest!! I could not have made it through my run through all the chairs in the state as well as nationally. My dad (who also ordered pins from you) was right about you. He said you'd take care of me and you did. Thank you so much. Whenever someone asks me about pins, I send them your way.
Lorna Piper, MOCA National President
Thank you for your outstanding and prompt service. It is something I rarely see these days.
Charles Long, American Legion Post 189
Please know that the Post membership thought the pins were "awesome" and sales have been good. Thanks again for your time and patience with us.
Joe Bonomo, VFW Post 837
Great work - they are outstanding! Thank you for your flexibility and all of your work!!! We plan on being a repeat customer!
Christopher Jackson, Lockheed Martin
I was so impressed with what you all did for me, it was a no-brainer for me to recommend you to next year’s President. I’ll be happy to keep referring folks your way.
Jill Lynch MOCA Grand of VA
ust a note of thanks. Thanks again for your services. Pins arrived on time and nearly half have been dispensed. All profits will be helping our National Home for Children. Again, thanks for working with us and I assure you that whenever I, or several others within the VFW/MOC, need pins you will be the first point of contact.
Bill Felt, MOC Grand of FL
The coins look great. I’ll have another order for you as soon as it’s approved. You really did a great job and again THANKS for the rush you put on this and the good work.
James Parker, AR DAV
I just got my pins that I ordered. What a beautiful job. I was so overwhelmed when I saw the pins, that it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so very much, I can’t tell you how much these pins mean to me. Again thank you for a great job.
Fred Kratz, VFW Post 2064 NY
I received the pins yesterday, and they turned out better than I imagined them. Great Job.
Bob Henrickson, VFW KY
Awesome customer service! Thanks !
Tracy E. Huff, U.S. Armed Forces, Alamo Honor Flight
Thanks for a great job! I just don't think that things could have turned out any better. I'll keep you in mind and certainly will recommend your service to others.
Stan Hunter, MOC Grand of GA
Thanks so much for your help. I will certainly let everyone know what a great experience working with your company has been and what a great value you offer compared to other companies I received quotes from.
Jason Schoolcraft, VFW NC
Just received my pins this morning, I'm so impressed with the product - awesome job. We’re very pleased! I don't know where to start. The quality is better than best! Very pleased with the entire process, and you were extremely accommodating from design to delivery. I'll be looking forward to the next time we do business together and in the meantime I'm telling everyone I know to use Carab. Thanks again for all your help.
Phil Dufour, VFW, Jay, Maine
Design is great, color is perfect and I thank you for the RUSH in the order. Thanks a thousand times over. Sandy Peterson, VFW Maine Commander
You never cease to surprise us! The pin is great!
Jack Roberts, MOC Supreme
We got many commendatory comments about our 90th Anniversary pin. They went over very well and I will definitely keep your company available for future use. Thanks a lot.
Curt Johnson, VFW Post 425
That order was FAST. Thank you.
George Baker, VFW AZ Dist 4
Thank you for being so attentive to our needs. Boy, you guys are on the ball and I want you to know that you have been delightful to do business with. The pins went over so well that we need more already. These pins are making our fundraising efforts outstanding. Again, I truly thank you and hope you continue to be successful.
Pat Mills, OK VFW Aux
Wow, this was fast. GREAT JOB. Thanks.
Gordon Lam, VFW New Mexico
Pins are perfect!! Just what I pictured. We are both extremely satisfied. Mahalo Nui Loa! (Thank You Very Much!) for all your help. We will be in touch again.
Vi Indie & Alfredo Antonio, VFW Hawaii
Thanks so much – we’re so excited about the way you changed design of pin for us. BEAUTIFUL pins. I am so very pleased with how they turned out. You and your company did a wonderful job. I will certainly tell everyone where they came from. THANK YOU for a job very well done.
Helen Sondheim, VFW Post 1590 FL
The pins are great - they really sparkle. The people I've shown them to really like them. The print drawing really didn't show just how great they would be. Can't wait to be able to order my other pins. Thanks so much.
Vickie Stephens, VFW Aux Dept of MD
It is always such a pleasure to do business with you. Thanks for going the extra mile.
Ray Fern, Military order of the Cootie
I am extremely pleased – the pins are outstanding. Thanks very much for all the work you’ve done. I’m going to call one of my counterparts and recommend you right now.
Scott Sutherland, VFW MN
Thanks for your quick response. Again, I do appreciate all your assistance with the design and production of my pins and coins.
Scott Sutherland , VFW MN District 7
I want to thank you for a great job on my pins. My pins are beautiful. We just sold more than 1900 within a 1/2 hr on the first day! I may need to order more. Again thank you so much!
Mercy Montgomery, VFW Aux Dept of AZ
Thanks again for the wonderful job your did on the pins, they are outstanding. Everyone has been complimenting me on the job you did.
Doug Purnell, MOC Grand of MD
WOW...I got the pins today and they are better than I expected! Everyone is raving over the pins. Thanks for helping me with this. We were under the gun and you made it happen in record time and they are GREAT. These vets ought to know how good you are and I plan on making that happen. Send me your flyers so I can pass them out – I’ll be pushing you business big time!
Don Mackey, VFW NY District 3
Combining his first and last names to brand the company he founded in 1989, Carroll Abrams had more than 50 years experience in the advertising specialty business. Joining forces with Carroll in 2002, Aaron Watkins brings more than 40 years of marketing expertise to the table. Working together for nearly ten years, they built Carab Enterprises into the industry leader that it is today. Carroll passed away in 2011 and Aaron continues to expand and lead the company into the future.
Aaron Watkins' first marketing coup was obtaining an endorsement from New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller at his lemonade stand and backyard carnival at the tender age of 9. In 1976, he founded The Watkins Button Company, which went on to become the premiere supplier of buttons to high school drama clubs across the country. After successful careers as an actor in New York and a clown with The Big Apple and Ringling Bros. Circuses, Aaron incorporated his natural talents for promotion to form Chameleon Marketing & Business Services. Chameleon MBS provided a wide range of marketing and public relations services to arts and cultural organizations. He was educated at Ohio University, earning a BFA in Theatre, holds a certificate in Arts Management from the New York Cultural Council Foundation and is a graduate of RBBB Clown College. He is a proud recipient of the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award.
Carroll Abrams was an entrepreneur before the word was ever coined. Growing up in Bridgeport, CT (home of PT Barnum himself), Carroll sold magazine subscriptions and delivered more than 100 newspapers a day. He also mowed lawns and cleaned houses, developing his business acumen and customer service skills with each endeavor. After serving in the US Navy, he opened an advertising specialty business. In addition to this highly successful venture, Carroll created a sailboat business and an innovative restaurant called The Calorie Counter. He founded Carab Enterprises as a small retirement business in 1989, but it rapidly grew into the premiere pin supplier for many veterans organizations. Needing more time for sports, painting, writing and rabble-rousing, Carroll brought partner Aaron Watkins into the business in 2002 and enjoyed a fulfilling retirement.
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