Jans, of Oak Forest, served in Iraq beginning in 2005 as a marine infantryman. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he patrolled in Ramadi and helped train the Iraqi Army. While on patrol in 2006 he was knocked unconscious by an explosion detonated near his vehicle. Although his head injury caused migraines when he wore a helmet, or even a hat, he stayed to finish his final month. A year after returning home from Iraq he was diagnosed with PTSD and a mild-traumatic brain injury.
Warrior Vodka is served locally at Bar 122, 12219 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip; Bartolini’s, 14420 S. Pulaski Road in Midlothian; The BoCa Bar & Lounge, 12748 S. Western Ave. in Blue Island; Burrito Jalisco, 9182 W. 159th St. in Orland Park; and Double Play Saloon, 13011 Western Ave. in Blue Island.