Positioned front and center in the EYE-Q Fresno office hangs a one-of-a-kind piece of art that honors our Valley’s veterans. EYE-Q Vision Care has always been a friend to the local veteran community, and this new installation is just another way of showing their support and gratitude for the sacrifices veterans have made. Every veteran who walks through the doors of EYE-Q is invited to sign their name on the flag’s acrylic overlay as a way of honoring their service. The idea originated with former employee Zach Janz, who, when he sees a veteran, thanks them for their service and asks them to sign a small notebook he carries around. It was Zach and his dedication to honoring veterans that inspired the EYE-Q flag displays that are home to hundreds of veterans’ signatures. EYE-Q teamed up with local veteran and business owner Julio Hernandez, of Julio’s Pinstriping, to create a unique flag display that highlights all of the different military branches and, if you look closely, you can even spot some images of our veteran doctors. Julio’s journey is an exciting one. He was always the kid in class that tried to pay attention—but instead was doodling all over his homework. Even during the time of his deployment, Julio was always drawing, and eventually one of the sergeants took notice. He told Julio about an art contest that the Command Sergeant Major was hosting, and of course, Julio entered and won. Next thing he knew, Julio was painting murals on blast walls in Iraq with handmade brushes.
“Those paintings have opened a lot of doors for me,” Julio reminisced, including this opportunity to showcase his art while also honoring his fellow Valley veterans.
Julio took a risk when he decided to quit his job, but the outcome was well worth it. Julio now owns his own business, where he does custom automotive art and specializes in what the car world considers a lost art—pinstriping. In fact, Julio is one of the only pinstripers in California. EYE-Q is proud of this creative partnership and the chance to give back to a veteran who is braving the business world. EYE-Q has a long history of supporting local veterans through vision screening events and involvement in events like the Central Valley Honor Flight, Fresno Veterans Day Parade, Veterans Stand Down, and many more. This passion stems from the EYE-Q doctors, many of whom are veterans themselves.
“Every patient who walks into EYE-Q is greeted by Robert, a United States Army veteran. If Robert learns you’ve served, he invites you to sign the flag. It has always been our honor to serve those who have served our country,” said Dr. Cavallaro. “We invite the community to visit the Fresno location and see Julio’s dedication to his country and fellow veterans. And to those who have served, and their families, thank you.”