In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that marked Nov. 11 as Veteran’s Day. Almost 70 years later, the day remains a federal holiday and day to honor military veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
It’s an important day of recognition and reflection, and one way to support the men and women who served is with your dollars. There are many veteran-owned businesses in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas. Here are five that jumped out at us, and for a lengthy list go here.
1. Bluejacket Builders
A veteran-owned home remodeling company serving Southeastern Wisconsin. Specializes in basement remodeling and build-outs, kitchens, bathrooms and decks. It is owned by a United States Navy veteran.
2. Camo Crew Junk Removal
12733 W. Arden Pl., (414) 420-2266
Camo Crew hauls away unwanted furniture, electronics, appliances, cardboard, clothing, pianos, hot tubs and more. Rather than dumping the items in landfills, the business strives to repurpose their collections through partnerships with recyclers, Habitat for Humanity and other local organizations.
3. Dryhootch Milwaukee
1030 E. Brady St., (414) 763-5473
This Brady Street coffee and tea shop provides casual space and hot beverages for veterans and supporters of veterans. Dryhootch is also a nonprofit organization that helps veterans and their families with a variety of reintegration issues, including PTSD, drug/alcohol addiction and family support.
4. The Humble Home Inspector
This is a Grafton-based, veteran-owned home inspection, chimney sweep and air duct cleaning service. The owner is a veteran of the United States Army.
5. Westallion Brewing Co.
1825 S. 72nd St., West Allis, (414) 578-7998
Westallion Brewing Co. was the first craft brewery to open in West Allis and is owned by a Marine. They have a rotating list of beers and hard seltzers brewed on-site and currently feature a Malted Milkball Stout, General Scottish Ale, Cotton Candy Berliner Weiss and Mustang Pale Ale.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.