Vape A Soldier Shuts Down Amid Allegations

Abby Olmstead
by Abby Olmstead
June 11, 2013

Recently, Project Vape a Soldier has come under suspicion of selling donated products instead of shipping them to soldiers as they claim to do.  This comes as a shock to much of the community that has supported the project for more than a year.

The organization was built to provide vape gear for soldiers here and over seas at no cost.  Products are donated by vendors and the shipping costs are covered by cash donations from the community.


Allegedly Ken Corcoran, the owner of this project, received product donated with the intention of shipping it to the troops but might be selling some of it.  The issue was first raised when a vendor received an email thanking them for products purchased from Corcoran, who is not a retailer.  The customer in question purchased around $150 (a substantial amount) of e-liquid.

If this is true, it’s beyond untoward.  Vendors are donating products to this group trusting that the supplies will get to the soldiers in need.  Once vendors hear what’s happening and confront the man in charge of this program, donations may come to a screeching halt.  The problem with that is that there is still a need for the vape gear over seas.

It seems Corcoran has decided to call it quits in response to the alligations.  Ecig Advanced received the following from Corcoran:

“Effective immediately project vape a soldier will be shut down. All donations that are left in the PVaS accounts and stock will be donated John Williams at The Vaping Arts. Though these allegations are an every week occurrence to me and nobody ever directly tells me exactly who says what: the vaping community does not deserve things like The Vaping Arts and Project Vape a Soldier. Some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life are in the vaping community and also some of the most saddest, lost, and hateful people also.”

We’ll be following this, but the backlash online has begun. Facebook has several threads regarding this matter as well as plans to report Corcoran and the company.  One community member called the situation “very disappointing,” while another claimed to see signs this was happening months ago.

It seems unlikely this issue will be over anytime soon.

If you had any involvement with this program and would like to share your experience, let me know!

Update: The Project Vape a Solider website is now in “Maintenance Mode.”



19 Responses to “Vape A Soldier Shuts Down Amid Allegations”

      kelli perkins on June 11th, 2013 5:15 pm

      Such a shame. Always seems to happen to best of programs.

        unclerj on June 11th, 2013 5:29 pm

        This really stinks!

        Either way, our service men and women suffer as a result……….


          sylvie on June 11th, 2013 5:31 pm

          i will have to hold judgement until actual proof is shown!! “”Some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life are in the vaping community and also some of the most saddest, lost, and hateful people also.””” the last part of his comment unfortunately seems to be more and more true recently so until i see proof of the allegations of wrong doing, i am not gonna judge the man!!

            Keyzy Yerxa on June 11th, 2013 5:33 pm

            I guess the info on where the stuff is going and what exactly is going on should be logged and reported so that people can see where the products and money actually go. I hope the next person to do something like this has the time to keep the info available to the community so they can look before they donate. A weekly or monthly statement should be available to everyone. That is one way to keep it on the up and up. What comes in and who it went to. Then its covered.

              mongrel on June 11th, 2013 5:41 pm

              I certainly hope these allegations are false. I thought Vape-a-soldier was a great idea.

                slap_maxwell on June 11th, 2013 5:49 pm

                I would need to see real documentation, including proof of the alleged purchase. All it takes to screw someone over is one letter like this to one person to start an entire shi*-train rolling. I’ve seen it happen before; not necessarily concerning vaping, however.

                But if found to be true, Corcoran should be treated like a pariah.

                  LouPop13 on June 11th, 2013 5:53 pm

                  I just saw a similar group spring up on Facebook 20 hrs. ago… any connection??


                    jonathan on June 11th, 2013 6:01 pm

                    proof? unfortunately you cant see proof because you need to see the email that I saw and everyone else who is friends with the recipient on facebook. they blatantly said they bought this persons juice from project vape a soldier. this juice was clearly donated by this wholesaler to be donated not sold. the buyer who sent the email to the wholesaler was actually emailing him to praise him for how good the juice was, and how she bought $150 because it was so great. that struck the wholesaler odd, because vape a soldier is not suppose to be selling it, suppose to be DONATED. bunch of con artists. they should be ashamed of themselves. proof is there, they were caught red handed plain and simple.

                      jonathan on June 11th, 2013 6:04 pm

             is Joe Castro who started the group. he is indeed the wholesaler whos juice was sold and not donated. he has started his own foundation so the soldiers don’t suffer from low lifes trying to take advantage of peoples generosity.

                        Marilyn Brumm on June 11th, 2013 6:08 pm

                        Vape Soldiers is a new and separate program started by a vendor that received an email as described in article. It is not up and running yet, they are making sure everything is set up proper. I only know because I offered to donate yesterday and he refused until all proper Non Profit paperwork/ trail is set up.

                          Jeannie K on June 11th, 2013 6:14 pm

                          I have no fear of soldiers going with out. Joe Castro of Flavorz by Joe has started a group to take care of them. Vape Soldiers has a fb page too….

                            Rich Gavina (@TowerOfVape) on June 11th, 2013 6:27 pm

                            I have no doubt that the purpose of Project Vape-A-Soldier was sound. I believed in it at the time and donated to it on 2 occasions. However, the new group Jeannie K mentioned will help fill the void left so soldiers who are on deployment such as my niece (currently on-board The USS Kearsarge) will be able to receive vaping supplies if they are in need.

                              joe castro on June 11th, 2013 6:30 pm

                              i started my own in the light of what i found out about the old project has nothing to do with vape a soldier its my own thing to help our men and woman that serve 🙂

                                Jeannie K on June 11th, 2013 7:07 pm

                                Apparently we all posted about the same time so I will add that I have faith that Joe Castro will do this the right way and I plan on donating as often as I can.
                                Peace, Love, Vape! JeannieK

                                  John D. Williams on June 11th, 2013 7:57 pm

                                  I can tell you that The Vaping Arts has been serving the entire vaping community, civilian and soldier alike for almost a year now. I will continue to do so and will gladly take over for what Ken had started.

                                  I am not passing judgment on Ken, I am just focusing on taking care of the people in this community in need. People serving in the Armed Forces will not go without, there are too many of us that are dedicated to thanking them and helping them when they choose a better and healthier alternative to smoking.

                                  I see it as a great honor to be able to provide anyone with vaping supplies, even more so to those that sacrifice so much to serve, no matter where they are stationed.

                                  John D. Williams
                                  The Vaping Arts

                                    ManuDawg on June 11th, 2013 8:58 pm

                                    Such a shame if the allegations are true. Kudos to Joe Castro for stepping up and filling the void. I’ll be checking out Joe’s FB project to see when and how I can donate.

                                      Karla Lyle (MsV8PR) on June 12th, 2013 7:14 am

                                      This is just sad but typical of human nature. I think it must have just been too tempting. I think the only way people sshould donate to these priograms is just like Keyzy Yerxa said. All items donate should be accounted for. I am sure there is still ways to scam and steal if they want to but at least there is a checks and balances that can be checked up on. Unfortunately in this day and age we can not just go on trust even in the vaping community. The vaping community are some of the kindest most generous people I have come accross so this is just sad to hear.

                                        ghostdogg79 on June 12th, 2013 8:28 am


                                          IX9Zulu on July 1st, 2013 1:26 pm

                                          I signed up for PVaS hoping to get hooked up with a kit. I received a kit after several months, but it looked like it had been pieced together from multiple kits or vendors. I didn’t even receive a drip tip. I thought nothing of it though, as these were donations from multiple vendors and I figured that I was getting the dregs after a supply shortage. I donated artwork to Ken for PVaS, for promoting the cause. I just hope the allegations aren’t true, because a scam like this would put a black mark on the face of the donating community for new Vapers.

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