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Coming from a proud family rooted in grandparents who served in the military and first responder communities, RJ went from New Jersey to the DC area to pursue higher education at George Mason University. Over the years, he worked his way up the government contracting ranks, running the rat race like those around him.

Chilled mind, body, and soul, RJ and his family visited Charleston, SC, on a whim and left owning a plot of land they now call home. Warmed by the Lowcountry's slower, steadier pace, he grew into the best man he needed to be for his family, friends, community, and country.  

RJ Swist Founder of RJ's Mission Foundation

After a disturbing and disheartening phone call with a dear friend and Marine veteran suffering from PTSD, RJ knew we, as a community, had to do better.

Wandering through Charleston's nostalgic sites paying homage to service and sacrifice, RJ began feeling the overwhelming need to sufficiently thank those who had given their all for their neighbors.  What started with wearing supportive apparel and volunteering turned into a life of service over self.

Fueled by passion and purpose, he was compelled to answer a lifelong call to act on the respect he felt for and the desire to recognize those who serve and their families.

RJ Swist & Wife

The time he had come to go to work. With complete support from Kim, his wife, in 2021, founded RJ's Mission, the lifestyle apparel brand and advocacy initiative seeking to serve those who serve us through awareness, education, and support.  As his network grew, it was time to establish RJ's Mission Foundation to further the cause and bring more resources to help.  RJ turned to Kim as the backbone of the foundation. 

Driven to curate valuable content, create meaningful connections, and engage his community, RJ's mission is to care for those in service – veterans, active-duty members, first responders, and their families – as they care for us daily.

RJ is the motivating force in launching this new journey. With Kim leading the foundation, their devotion and commitment create a steadfast mission. In those few quiet moments, before the day begins, you will find RJ and Kim enjoying a good coffee or walking their crazy dogs through the rural Johns Island woods, focusing on the day ahead and realizing they have so much more to give!

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