Red Hatchet Outdoors & The Veteran Community
At RHO, we feel very strongly that our nation has a fundamental responsibility to treat our veterans with respect, and gratitude. Part of that essential duty means helping them reintegrate and thrive in civilian life at a federal, state, and local levels. As of 2014, there were about 22.5 million veterans in the US, and approximately 300,000 have become homeless. In 2012, the VA estimated that 22 veterans per day die by suicide. Although that number is extrapolated from data taken in 21 states between 1999 and 2011, the issue is an national tragedy. As of 2014, 3.95 million vets receive disability compensation from the VA. The unfortunate state of veteran support in our country is a primary issue moving forward, and must be attended to.
Veteran Small Business Owners
The men and women who fight for our country learn essential skills that they often put to work as job creators after transitioning out of the military. The numbers on the excellent infographic to the right (courtesy of Entreperneur.com) will provide you with an idea of what a massive impact our vets have had as small business owners. It just so happens that a large number of these businesses conceive of, manufacture, and produce products that people need to know about. Whether it’s vodka, shooting gear, coffee, clothing, go-bags, or a longboard, there is probably a VOSB that’s producing something you’d like. Support them. Buy their products. Write reviews online. Recommend them to friends. Spread the word. Not everyone has the time or will to volunteer, but you’re a consumer: consume!
We’re always out hunting for cool stuff, and it just so happens that veterans are producing it. We’re highlighting a number of VOSBs so that you can learn about their businesses and their stories. We’ll also discuss what it’s like to be a veteran business owner, and try to consolidate some sage advice for any vets reading this who want to pursue their dreams. We’re chatting with both local and far-flung businesses, so we might just highlight someone in your town.
We’ll review their products too, and we won’t pull any punches. We believe that a review should always be honest, and that our opinion (even if it’s not all positive) can help businesses improve their products or services. If we get something wrong, we’ll always admit it- and we’re always willing to try something more than once.
RHO has a deep connection with veterans. They’re our friends and our family, and a source of unending inspiration. It’s our mission to give back to the men and women who sacrificed so much for us by supporting their business ventures. Please join us by reading our highlights, sharing them with your friends, and most importantly: giving these businesses a shot.
Businesses in the Pipeline:
If you have businesses to suggest, would like to be featured, or have any feedback, reach out to us via the contact form on our site!