Shields and Stripes Inc

Helping our Heroes because they Deserve the Best

Carthage, NC   |
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Shields and Stripes Inc

EIN: 86-3379162


Shields and Stripes provides first line defenders the opportunity to heal visible and non-visible wounds, helping those we need the most to live meaningful lives in service to our communities.

Ruling year info



Steven Nisbet

Vice President

Jennifer Byrne

Main address

P.O. BOX 1474

Carthage, NC 28327 USA

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Subject area info

Physical therapy

Occupational health

Physical fitness



Population served info

Military personnel


Emergency responders

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Shields and Stripes is aiming to address the suicide epidemic across the Veteran and First Responder population. We are addressing symptoms of PTSD head on through a holistic approach incorporating the mind, the body and spirit to ensure a successful recovery from trauma while in service of others.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Return to Life

4wk intensive in facility Health and Wellness therapy for veterans and first responders. Provides Strength and Conditioning programming, Nutrition evaluation and programming with registered dietician, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Behavioral Health therapy utilizing Psy D. and Social Worker.

Post 4week in person therapy, follow on 12 week tele-health to include the families and maximize effectiveness of treatment modalities.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients who show a measurable decrease in PTSD symptoms

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served


Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Pre and Post PTSD surveys known as PCL-5 all show decrease in PTSD symptoms by greater than 50% over 3 month treatment period

Number of veterans with PTSD served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, People with physical disabilities, People with psychosocial disabilities, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Return to Life

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

3month Program treating Veterans with PTSD and physical disabilities caused by service. Numbers also include workshops and seminars that discuss and address Individual as well as Organizational PTSD

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Shields and Stripes goals:
- Treat 96 First Responders and Veterans annually in our 3month intensive outpatient care program
- Continue to offer educational services to First Responder and Active Military members on Operator Syndrome and symptoms of PTSD
- Ultimately bring attention to the model of a holistic approach that much be used to address all aspects of the human body, nutrition, physical fitness, mindfulness and spirituality
- Acquire enough funding to open brick and mortar facility in order to facilitate more treatment for more of our nations heroes

Shields and Stripes is actively working towards and acquiring partnerships in the Health and Wellness industries as well as Travel industries.

A majority of S&S's expenses come from travel costs, a partnership with airlines and lodging services would significantly reduce the financial impact those have on our organizations and ultimately afford us the ability to serve more of our heroes.

We plan to utilize corporate sponsors and partners for outreach, treating veterans who have transitioned out of service and into the corporate world yet still battling traumas while serving in the military

We are building community relationships with local first responders to address their needs in the health and wellness space so they can continue to be good stewards to their community.

Our capabilities continue to grow as our operational and clinical staff grows.

Currently utilize a full therapy staff of:
Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers
Registered Dieticians
Physical Therapists
Occupational Therapists
Strength and Conditioning coaches

Our operational staff is well versed in business development and has a wealth of experience in the health and wellness space as users of the treatment programs.

Our Board continues to grow with vast experiences in all industries keeping our organization mixed with various viewpoints, opinions and recommendations for healthy growth.

Our board of advisors is a dedicated group of professionals that provide assistance in fields that the leadership staff is not intimately familiar with, making them a critical resource to the company when building contracts and agreements.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, Mental and Physical Health Performance

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Shields and Stripes Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.51 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.9 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Shields and Stripes Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Shields and Stripes Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Shields and Stripes Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Shields and Stripes Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $86,728 -$60,911
As % of expenses 131.3% -23.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $86,728 -$60,911
As % of expenses 131.3% -23.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $160,826 $198,866
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 23.7%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 60.3%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 39.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $66,051 $258,274
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 291.0%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 6.9% 0.3%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 12.1% 34.0%
All other expenses 81.0% 65.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $66,051 $258,274
One month of savings $5,504 $21,523
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $71,555 $279,797

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 10.1 1.6
Months of cash and investments 11.2 1.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.8 1.2
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $55,784 $33,714
Investments $6,000 $0
Receivables $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.4% 35.0%
Unrestricted net assets $86,728 $25,817
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $8,000 $0
Total net assets $94,728 $25,817

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Steven Nisbet

As a U.S. Special Warfare Airman (Pararescueman) I spent 15 years performing as a Technician in Combat Rescue, Combat Medicine, Technical Rescue and Crisis Management. More than 10years of that time was spent as a Team Leader amongst the top 1% of the Nations Military service members. Of that, 6 years was spent as a Technician and Team Leader in the top 1% of the Nation’s Special Operations Forces at the top Tier, working to solve unique problems threatening the United States and its allies. Towards the end of my career I experienced the loss of a teammate in training, fear of death in combat, the loss of my job, depression, extreme stress and physical injuries. Fortunately I was afforded the opportunity to have access to some of the best Human Performance Coaches, facilities and Psychological Therapists in the DOD. Without these specialists I would be in a very different place today and most certainly down a path of destruction.

Vice President

Jennifer Byrne

Co-founder of Shields and Stripes, owner of 5by5 Performance Therapy, Boston University academic mentor, passionate occupational therapist, yoga instructor, certified mental health integrative medicine provider (CMHIMP), Air Force Veteran, special operations military spouse, Mom, daughter, little sister of a Blackhawk pilot and big sister of an awesome human with disabilities. My mission in life is simple: to save lives and foster happiness. Focusing on providing the care that Veterans, Law Enforcement, First Responders AND their families deserve and need.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

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Board of directors
as of 05/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Rory Berke

Shields and Stripes

Term: 2023 - 2025

Rory Berke

Chris Sperry

Steven Nisbet

Jennifer Byrne

Cody Cerny

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.