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Veteran-owned businesses and startups
6 brands to salute, shop and support.
Support our troops in their next phase of life by browsing gear, goodies and even dog treats from veteran-owned businesses. These companies provide jobs to vets and their family members and give back to the armed forces community through donations. More importantly, they're making some killer products — from bottle openers made of .50 caliber bullets to rucksacks that come with a lifetime warranty.
1. Bottle Breacher
Grab a bottle opener made of a once-fired .50 caliber bullet, engraved with a personalized message or name. Bottle Breacher is owned by an ex-Navy SEAL and his wife, and all the products are made in the USA. This company loves hiring veterans and has donated thousands of dollars to nonprofits servings vets and their families over the past few years.
Bottle Breacher openers, shot glasses and other drinking accessories can make great gifts for hunters, outdoorsmen, groomsmen and anyone who counts themselves as a regular at the shooting range. The bottle openers come in a keepsake wooden box.
2. Combat Flip Flops
When you buy a pair of sandals from Combat Flip Flops, it funds one day of school for an Afghan girl through the nonprofit Aid Afghanistan for Education. This company also partners with Mines Advisory Group, which removes and destroys weapons in countries that've seen destruction and war, along with The Station Foundation, which supports Special Operators as they assimilate back into civilian life.
Combat Flip Flops sells more than just military-grade nylon flip flops — you can also pick up a pair of sleek high-top sneakers, apparel, accessories and more, with the confidence that your money will go to a good cause.
3. Black Rifle Coffee Co
This coffee company roasts its beans five days a week at facilities in Tennessee and Utah. It's owned by a vet who served in the military for 20 years, and many of its executives are veterans, too. You can either buy coffee by the bag or sign up for a subscription that brings the brew right to your door.
Pick up flavors like Freedom Fuel, Silencer Smooth, Blackbeard's Delight and Thin Blue Line. Black Rifle Coffee Co regularly donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to organizations that support our troops, vets, small businesses and armed forces.
GoRuck is owned by a husband and wife team who met while he was in the Special Forces and she was in the CIA. They wanted to make a rucksack — basically a super-sturdy, high-tech backpack — that is durable enough for the streets of New York City, Baghdad and everywhere in between. All of GoRuck's gear comes with a lifetime guarantee, so you can be confident in money well spent.
5. Milso Box
These are monthly subscription boxes for the wives and girlfriends of active military members, meant to bring comfort and joy to those supporting our troops back home. The boxes feature American-made goodies like candles, water bottles, cotton candy and other treats designed to pamper and delight. Milso sources many of the items from small businesses owned by veterans. It's owned by an Air Force vet named Kristin, who is married to an active-duty servicemember.
6. K9 Salute
K9 Salute dog treats are so healthy that you can eat them too (though it's not recommended). All the ingredients are sourced in the US, often from farms owned and operated by veterans. K9 Salute was founded by a retired member of the National Guard as a way to show love to the pups that support our military, law enforcement, fire teams, search and rescue teams and other armed forces.
Shop treats like roasted duck and carrots, freeze-dried lamb liver and coconut cranberry.
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