Hi everyone, sorry for not responding or posting in this thread for a while. My dad has been in and out of the hospital for the last month fighting infections and I have been busy with that.
Mynameischris, the way tophunter said to remove the velcro is the way I did it.
Still need to mod the collar on the vest. Will try to get some photos taken this week since I want to do a dry run before Dragon*Con