a salute to smoke
a salute to smoke
Cigar Night for Vets was created to bring back what Veterans miss the most about service: the brotherhood. Founded in late 2013 in Houston, TX at Little J's Bar, the event has been held on the first Thursday of every month since then. CN4V draws inspiration from the "smoke pit" sessions of deployment. Gathering together over cigars was an outlet to decompress. It was about the conversation and the camaraderie–and nothing could interfere with that. So, why not recreate that same moment back home? Enter Cigar Night for Vets.
For one night a month, we celebrate the bond between heroic men and valiant women—reigniting the camaraderie that brought us together, just like our times of need during service. We want you to get connected with people in your area, as well as resources. We all need a place to come home. Become a part of our family at Cigar Night for Vets.
Join us in our mission to empower and connect America’s Veterans to their communities through camaraderie, peer support and networking.
Carlos has created various social events for Veterans and their families to help them develop camaraderie as well as connect them to local resources. He leads a mentoring team for the Veterans Treatment Court in Harris County which includes recruiting and training volunteers to mentor justice-involved veterans in the Greater Houston area. Carlos is a whiskey drinker, cigar smoker, gun owner, and proud Veteran having served in the U.S. Army from 2003-2011, deployed to Iraq from 2005-2006.
Tony is the Director of Veterans Behavioral Health Initiative (VBHI) with Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Among the transition assistance, advocacy, health and training components within VBHI, he leads the Harris County Veterans' Treatment Courts mentoring and wellness program. In addition, Tony directs the Houston chapter of Texas' Military Veteran Peer Network which has been awarded the 2015 Texas Governor's Volunteer Award for Service to Veterans. Previously, he served as executive director for the Lone Star Veterans Association, Texas' largest OEF/OIF veterans service organization. Tony has worked as a veterans advocate since 2010 and is a combat veteran of the U.S. Army.
Stephen is the founder and CEO of Playsmint LLC and is a proud Navy Veteran. He has an MBA in Operations & Supply Chain from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and attended the Program in International Management at Fundação Getulio Vargas -Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo in Brazil. Steven has held increasing roles of responsibility across several different industries, including: construction, telecommunications, healthcare, oil & gas and the U.S. Military. He started Playsmint LLC because he saw the disparity in the career training options between underserved populations, such as Veterans and people with disabilities, compared the rest of the workforce. Stephen is a proud father of four and loves the Lord.
David is West Point graduate and spent 6 years as a combat arms officer, including one overseas deployment. David completed his JD and MBA degrees from Texas Tech University and practiced law in New York City for approximately 10 years before becoming the Managing Attorney for the Military & Veterans Unit of Lone Star Legal Aid, where he manages a team of 7 attorneys and support staff in providing free civil legal services to veterans, their families, and surviving spouses across Lone Star Legal Aid’s 72 county service area. David is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Lone Star Veterans Association.
Josh is the owner/operator of Little J’s Bar, founded in August of 2012. He's an appointed member of the leadership board for Cigar Night For Vets, co-leader of the development committee. Also, Josh is a member of the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Houston Visitors Bureau.
Spencer is an art director, designer, and member of Houston's AIGA chapter, the largest professional association of designers in the world. He draws from a deep well of creative and strategic understanding that delivers a clear point of difference for brand experiences. His passion for shaping ideas is a passion matched only by his love for authentic Memphis barbecue.