As Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal officers, Erik Spalding and Cole Evans were once responsible for defusing and disposing the explosive devices that have become all-too-common in Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon exiting the military in 2010 they felt they had a responsibility to create a way for people to say “Thank You” to their fellow soldiers and the veterans that have fought for our freedom and safety. As founders of Bullets2Bandages, they created a way to take an instrument of war and transform them into a symbol of pride, gratitude, and healing.
Bullets2Bandages is a mission-driven, socially conscious apparel and accessories company designed to give thanks to veterans, those fighting for our country, and the families who provide them with love and support at home.
B2B got its start in mid-2011 doing what Erik and Cole thought would be a few short-term fundraising events for the Travis Manion Foundation. They quickly realized that there was sufficient demand for B2B's products -- and interest in supporting veteran charities -- to create a sustainable business.
A small initial line of necklaces and bracelets quickly evolved into the bottle openers, keychains, and other accessories you can find on our website today. You can also find B2B's products in large retailers such as Cabela's, the Navy Exchange, and the Marine Corps Exchange, as well as nearly 100 craft breweries and military gift shops.