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.
Our .50 caliber bottle openers, keychains, and tap handles are all made in America from once-fired ammunition. We chose the bullet because it grabs a person’s attention and ignites an important conversation about “saying thank you to veterans.” Our accessories, clothing, and unique gifts provide Americans with a distinctive way to honor to the men, women and families who have dedicate their lives to our safety and freedom.
To provide simple ways for every American to give back and show their pride and gratitude for veterans. We also strive to raise awareness of the many challenges veterans face and raise money for organizations giving veterans the support they need to overcome those challenges.
Our Company Goals
Bullets2Bandages strives to be a leader in socially responsible companies -- to that end, we donate at least 15% of our profits back to veteran charities on an annual basis. While the goal of every business is to be profitable, there is still a place for businesses of all types to give something back not only to our local community, but also to our country. We aim to build a brand that symbolizes GIVING THANKS to veterans.
Want to Contact Us?
We're available during business hours at 858.952.6719. Or if you're ever in San Diego, feel free to swing by our office located at 4562 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite G.