Patriotism flourishes in local business


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Cubicle walls are the colors of the Old Glory and on it hang flags, copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Pledge of Allegiance and miscellaneous patriotic artwork.

On countertops and desks is more patriotic paraphernalia, including presidential bobbleheads.

The word is out that if it is patriotic, Glenn Sandler of GI Tax wants it for his office, which he said is a magnet for veterans. Although not a veteran, Sandler said he appreciates the connection vets have with each other.

“There are no better persons to support than active military and vets,” said Sandler, whose father served in the Army. “We have vets who love to hang out, drink coffee and swap war stories,” Sandler said.

A CPA since 1982, Sandler once owned House of Power, at the time the largest motorcycle dealership east of the Mississippi. Life had been going swimmingly for the New York transplant until the recession hit.

“I decided to go back to my CPA roots and start a new business,” said the Suntree resident.

Sandler started GI Tax at 3600 N. Wickham Road in 2011 and expects to open a second office soon. He said GI Tax donates $10 from every tax return to military charities.

“We also do a lot of free returns, because it is about caring for the community,” he said.