At the heart of every business is an idea. The inspiration for that idea often comes from unexpected sources. In my case, Bunker 27 was inspired by an experience I had while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force.
One morning I had stopped into a convenience store on my way to report for duty. I was in uniform when an older gentleman approached me and shook my hand. “Thank you son for your service to our country,” he said. “I appreciate everything you do.” Then, he pressed a twenty-dollar bill into my hand. I thanked him and said I couldn’t take the money, but he insisted. “You and your buddies have a beer on me.”
His kind and respectful gesture gave me a feeling of appreciation and honor that has stayed with me throughout my life. Later that same day I was in the base commissary and saw a retired World War II veteran. I walked up to him and offered my hand. “Thank you sir for your service to our country, “I said and handed him the same twenty dollar bill I had been given earlier. “Please accept this as a token of my appreciation.” I wanted to pass along that same feeling of sincere appreciation to this man who I so respected. His warm smile and handshake told me my mission had been a success.
Our mission at Bunker 27 is to continue to carry forward that feeling of appreciation by honoring those who have made sacrifices in their lives to protect and serve our country and keep us free. Many of our veterans struggle with life after military service. Often they have disabilities, difficulty finding work and experience other daily challenges when they return to civilian life. To show our appreciation and to help our fellow veterans, Bunker 27 donates 10% of its proceeds to "Got Your Six" for their support.