10 Veteran-Owned Businesses You Can Feel Good About Supporting
Help support the men and women who serve our country in the military by purchasing from these businesses.
Heroes Vodka is a veteran-owned business and award-winning vodka that was launched in 2009 by Marine Corps veteran Travis McVey who served as a Presidential Honor Guard from 1989 to 1992. The first bottle was produced on 11/11/11 and a portion of the proceeds from each bottle goes toward veteran organizations like AmVETs, Operation StandDown and others that provide assistance for active-duty military, veterans and their families. Do you know why vodka doesn’t freeze?
Kristina Guerrero, a distinguished graduate of U.S. Air Force pilot training, started her veteran-owned business after wanting a healthy power bar option for her dog Dunkan. So, she created her own and the TurboPup meal bar line was born. Guerrero is a decorated US Air Force veteran who earned two Combat Air Medals for missions flown in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Horn of Africa.
Guerrero’s TurboPup bar got her an offer on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and now the company donates 5 percent of their profits to veteran- and animal-support causes. If you prefer to make your own dog treats, here are 9 homemade recipes to try.
Black Rifle Coffee Company
Black Rifle Coffee Company produces small batches of roasted-to-order coffee that you can order online and have sent straight to your door. This veteran-owned business imports their beans from Columbia and Brazil and personally blends their batches to order. They also offer apparel and other gear. Not only is this company owned by veterans but it is also committed to hiring veterans and partnering with other veteran-owned businesses. Learn how to make the best cup of coffee, here.
Merica Bourbon is a veteran-owned business started by U.S. Marine Derek Sisson. Sisson moved to Puerto Rico after leaving the military to start an Eco Tour Company. He later moved to Texas and started the company Texas Top Shelf, which distributes Hero Vodka and other veteran-owned businesses. Soon after, Sisson released his very own bourbon.
“Merica Bourbon is veteran owned and made proudly by Americans with the same passion that made this country great!” according to their website.
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling, Part of JDog Brands
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is a veteran-owned business that offers junk removal and hauling services for residential and commercial customers all over the US. All of their franchises are owned and operated by veterans and military family members.
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is proud to help veterans find a path to employment and entrepreneurship, as well as stability in civilian life.
“We are on a mission to empower Veteran business ownership. We believe in Respect, Integrity, and Trust. We follow the principles of hard work, dedication, and community service,” the company’s website states.
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is a part of JDog Brands which also includes JDog Carpet Cleaning. The company also funds the JDog Foundation, which donates funds to organizations that help veterans. Did you know that an American wagyu producer helps veterans transition to civilian life?
Combat Flip Flops
Veteran-owned business Combat Flip Flops makes “cool stuff in dangerous places.” They employ locals in war-torn areas like Afghanistan so these people don’t have to depend on the “bad guys” for their livelihoods. The hope is that this will help to dismantle radicalism and offer a non-violent means to winning wars. The company aims to “create peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities” that grow entrepreneurship in conflict areas, build communities and fund women’s education.
“As special operations veterans, we ‘defended our freedom,’ and discovered the wars went against everything we hoped for. Through understanding and compassion, we found a new path forward—a mechanism of change,” according to their website.
Combat Flip Flops also supports organizations that remove landmines and other dangerous weaponry and provides support to the Special Operations Community.
BrokenGear is a veteran-owned business looking to provide jobs for as many veterans, and specifically service-disabled veterans, as possible. They provide jobs in production, sales, marketing and distribution to create the designs in their BrokenGear shop. Steve D’Amico, who spent 17 years in the U.S. Air Force and the Rhode Island Air National Guard, started the company after he felt “broken” when he was forced to medically retire from the military.
“I didn’t know what other veterans would think of the concept of ‘broken not beaten,’ says D’Amico, who completed one tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. “My goal is to empower disabled people to keep pressing on.”
Caveman Apothecary is a veteran-owned business that was started by a retired Army Green Beret. His wife got sick of his scratchy beard so he started making grooming products for men. All of Caveman Apothecary’s products are handcrafted and made in small batches in the U.S.A. They sell razors and other shaving and grooming products for bath, body and beard.
This women- and veteran-owned business also made a successful appearance on “Shark Tank.” R. Riveter, as in Rosie the Riveter, was started by military spouses Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse after they had trouble finding work while their partners served in the military. They found that military families move about every 2.9 years which makes it harder for spouses to find and keep jobs. R. Riveter solves this problem by hiring military spouse “Riveters” to craft beautiful handbags.
Bottle Breacher is a veteran-owned business that appeared on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” These folks are known for their hand-crafted 50 caliber bottle openers that are made by active-duty service members and veterans. They also sell all types of personalized gifts and other gear. Their Never Forgotten series immortalizes veterans who were lost in the line of duty. Bottle Breacher products are made in the U.S.A. and some of their proceeds benefit organizations that support veterans, active military personnel, first responders, children’s foundations and other nonprofits.