Think Veterans First Newsletter Holiday Edition#4

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VOB-Veteran-Owned Business Publication

December 20, 2020

Published by Brightstar Consulting, LLC
Regina Debro Rembert, M.Ed, Publisher/Sr. Editor
Mickale R. Bates, Editor

Please support our Veteran Entrepreneurs who have risked their lives to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. Thank You American Heroes for your service!! God Bless You All and Your Families!

If you are looking for other veteran owned businesses not included on this list, please visit:

Bearded Botanicals
1345 Lutz Road
Lima, OH 45801
Email: [email protected]

Bearded Botanicals is a veteran owned company that features all natural organic beard care products with every goal and beard budget in mind. What a great gift option for the bearded loved ones in your life. Please visit the website, or Facebook to order or learn more!

Bristol Bud’s Candle Company
is a Toledo Ohio based fragrance company specializing in affordable luxury candles.

This Ohio-based fragrance company delivers time and time again on their promise to provide you a stunning aromatic experience. Quality is their code word. Wax Melts are poured in batches of less then 10. Each wax melt, from wax melting and pouring, to labeling, is constructed by hand with the highest standards in mind. Each pack is 5.5 ounce of wax and each cube should last approximately 20 hours. They highly recommend starting with just one cube in your wax warmer. This is a great holiday gift, or any time during the year!! Please visit the website and support this veteran owned company!

Combat Flip Flops

Army Rangers Matthew Griffin and Donald Lee served two tours together in Afghanistan where they saw brutal combat and crushing poverty.
They started making flip flops in Afghanistan, the mission was to make sturdy military-themed flip flops and footwear and use the profits to support education for Afghan girls and women. Since then, they have expanded their line and all of their products are responsibly made and every purchase helps create jobs and livelihood while funding women’s education. Please support this worth while business during the Holiday season and beyond!

Black Rifle Coffee Company
1144 S 500 W Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Contact Us 1-385-262-7184 or
Email: [email protected]

Black Rifle Coffee Company is a veteran-owned coffee company serving premium coffee to people who love America. They consistently develop their explosive roast profiles with the same mission focus learned as military members serving this great country and are committed to supporting veterans, law enforcement, and first responders! With every purchase you make, they give back. Visit the website to learn more. The gift of Premium Coffee, what a wonderful holiday gift idea!

MuddyGirl Leathers

Welcome to MUDDY GIRL LEATHERS! MUDDY GIRL is a veteran owned business and has garnered the trust and loyalty of countless customer primarily because her products are hand made with the best quality Leather. She is now on line where she can proudly display her beautiful hand made leather goods. Her products are all hand crafted, tooled and hand sewn and it is plain to see that she puts a lot of heart into her work. Please support her during the holidays and throughout the year for your very unique and special gifts!!

Mopp Gear, LLC
387 Musselman Road
Fredericksburg, PA 17026
(717) 323-2550
Email: [email protected]

MOPP Gear LLC®, is your number one source for all things coffee and all things American made. MOPP GEAR Coffee is a Combat Veteran owned and operated Patriotic Lifestyle Brand. Supporting Veterans and 1st Responders, MOPP Gear was founded by Stanley Kulak, a former US Marine Corps infantryman. They are dedicated to providing you the very best of Small Batch premium roasted coffee with an emphasis on quality and freshness. They get their coffee small batch roasted for maximum freshness and ship it straight to you. They also have other items that you can order which would also make great gift ideas for the family! Please support this worthwile veteran owned business! Visit the website and order today!!

Squared Away Surplus
Location: PO BOX 412, Rio Grande, 45674
Customer Service: 1.844.273.VETS (8387)

Squared away is a retail store featuring veteran owned brands, specializing in tactical duty gear, apparel, home decor, and much more. Their mission is to change the misconception of surplus, and to create a one stop shop, or a home of Vet – Made brands, and other quality products that fit your needs. They proudly donate to charities and families in need. Please support this very worthwhile veteran owned businesses for special and unique holiday gifts!!

BookMarx Bookstore
Steubenville, OH 43952
181 N, 4th Street
Steubenville, OH 43952

BookMarx Bookstore is a quality used book dealer with over 10,000 unusual, hard-to-find and out-of-print books including a large collection. If you have an avid reader, or book enthusiast in your life, this store is for you!! Please support this veteran owned business for special and unique gifts during the Holidays or throughout the year!!

12 Bravo Firearm Training
Nashport, OH 43830
Address: 4391 Dragoo Rd, Nashport, OH 43830
Phone: (614) 824-0695

Cross Streets: Near the intersection of Dragoo Rd and Briarcliff Rd NE

12 Bravo is a veteran owned businesses and their mission is to educate and train Firearms Safety!! They specialize in conceal carry, pistol and rifle courses, hunting safety and more. Their target audience is anyone who wants to learn and put rounds down range. With over 20 years of experience, they provide Proficient, Professional, and Progressive training. Their motto is: Don’t be a victim! Get out here and learn self-reliance and become the person you need to be for yourself, your family, or whatever your reason”. Don’t be the one that has to rely on others, be the one that others rely on! Interested in gun safety, or conceal carry? If so, please support this veteran owned business and learn the safe way today! Safety First!!!

Veteran Made Woodworks, LLC
303 North Pole Road, Melrose, NY 12121,
(518) 506-2282 • [email protected]

Veteran Made Woodworks LLC is a Troy NY based rustic furniture company, 100% Veteran owned and operated. They specialize in solid wood creations to include laser engraving, rustic furniture, flags, coin holders, and more! Each piece is personally made, and hand crafted with all individually cut wood pieces! They can be finished with either stain or paint to highlight any room in your home, camp, even your front porch. Veterans working together on each others’ projects and always lending a hand are the bonds that Service Members will forever share, veterans helping veterans is what its all about!! Veteran Made employees continue to serve as soldiers and police officers. Their goal is to provide customers with long lasting Patriotic Pride through the wood crafts they create. Please check out their website and order today, they are AWESOME!


As we near the end of the year, many consider Charitable Organizations to complete their annual year of giving. Think Veterans First would like to feature its favored Non Profit Organizations for this year that assist our troops and veterans throughout the year. Holiday time is always a critical time for our Veterans!!

This week the Think Veterans First team would like to feature the The USO ( The USO is a non profit organization that provides entertainment such as comedians, musicians and concerts, But wait, they provide much more as follows:

Transitioning Troops and Deployed Troops
During deployment, you can provide troops with a connection to their families, along with entertainment and provides other services to Americans troops deployed overseas.

Military Families – with your donations you can help keep families strong and connected both during and after deployment. The USO provides a wide range of programs that support the entire family every step of the way.

Wounded Warriors and Families of the Fallen – Some troops return home with physical or invisible wounds. You can provide therapeutic and reintegration services as they navigate the road to recovery. You can also provide support to families of troops who have paid the ultimate price while serving their country.

End your 2020 year with a generous donation to the USO. Please visit the website at Thank you USO for your service to our soldiers, our veterans and their families! God Bless the United States of America.

On Behalf of the Think Veterans First Team, Happy Holidays to all of our supporters! May your homes be filled with happiness this Holiday Season. Support your local VOBs as often as you can and please remember those less fortunate this holiday season.

If you are looking for other veteran owned businesses not included in this list, please visit:

Enjoy your families, wash your hands often, and please wear your mask to protect yourself and others! Happy Holidays!!

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Mickale Bates