Shopping is a great pass time, but it can be even better when you are able to support veterans run businesses in this country. Here are three you can check out for your next shopping binge!

Black Rifle Coffee Company

The mission statement of this company says it all:

“Black Rifle Coffee Company will provide premium products, deliver the highest quality customer experience, and serve as the premier coffee company to the conservative customer; while honoring those who protect, defend, and support our communities and our country.”

If you are a coffee lover, there is no better place to get your next roast than from the Black Rifle Company. Not only do they have incredible coffee, but they also have comical mugs and apparel, making it easy to get gifts for the coffee-lovers in your life.

This company is founded by a veteran, employs veterans and supports causes that support the men and women in uniform. Their commitment to the veteran community and the great quality of coffee makes them the perfect choice for your next coffee purchase.

You can check out their website and order your next coffee blend here!

Sword and Plough

Two sisters have created a business that not only uses surplus textiles to create their product, but also use profits to support veterans through employment and partnering organizations. As they discuss through “Repurposed for a Purpose,” they use textiles from around the United States to use in their products, which are manufactured by companies fully or partially owned by veterans. At their facility in Indiana, they employ veterans. Sword and Plough even has Brand Managers, made up of veterans and military spouses.

Their store contains everything from bags of all sizes to jewelry and hats. All American made. They continue to go one step further by donating 10% of their profit to nonprofit organizations that support veterans.

You can start shopping here!

R. Riveter

“What began as two Military Spouses in a small attic, armed with a big idea, one sewing machine and a little bit of canvas has grown into a bold and achievable mission shared by many: to inspire, engage and empower.”  

Inspired by Rosie Riveter herself, two military spouses decided to start a company that employs military spouses and gives back to nonprofit organizations that support both those serving and veterans alike.

Each bag is made by hand by military spouses across the country, providing support with both a flexible income and with community. Following a Kickstarter campaign and an appearance on Shark Tank, the women have a flagship store that also holds their “Post to Pillar” line, which includes handcrafted home décor and accessories by Military Spouses.

It gets even better as they work and partner with organizations that give back to those who serve and have served our country like the Green Beret Foundation, the USO, and the Military Officers Association of America among many others.

You can check out their website and shop here.

This is only a short list of stores that support our veterans and those currently serving. I challenge you to support one of these three or another in 2018.

Bailey L
Bailey is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who enjoys writing, traveling, and coffee. When she isn't working, you can find her with her nose in a book or planning her next adventure.

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