By Caleb Parke | Fox Nation

Veterans returning from their military service abroad are coming home and starting their own projects in a quest to give back to their fellow vets and re-invest in the country they fought hard to protect.

Every year on Veterans Day, Americans post messages online supporting our brave men and women who fought to protect the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis, but don’t have any way of actually helping those vets. Here are several veteran-owned companies you can support to help them directly or buy something for a veteran you know.

These veteran-owned companies connect with fellow veterans in a unique, non-PC, fraternal way. They are each reinvesting in America and doing all they can to take care of each other. The least we can do is support and promote them.

Inkfidel

11 Bravos

Inkfidel founder, Pete Bell, captures the pride and camaraderie of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in a unique and humorous way through t-shirts, hoodies, and decals — many which only those veterans and those closest to them would understand.

Bell founded Inkfidel in 2013 after serving for six years in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper with both the 82nd Airborne Division and 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. It was during his deployments that he worked with several different units to develop t-shirts commemorating their tours.

“I know how much pride our veterans have when it comes to their service because I have it too,” Bell said.

Check out one of their hottest selling gifts, dubbed “the perfect gift for military veterans,” from Inkfidel: “Freedom Fleece America’s Favorite DD-214 Blanket.” If you don’t understand it, that’s okay because it’s another one of Inkfidel’s inside jokes for vets.

With each order from Inkfidel, you receive a few free signature items: a vinyl ‘Inkfidel’ decal and matching vinyl decal of shirt ordered (if one exists) plus a Little Green Army Man.

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Art of War Project

 

Just like Inkfidel, the Art of War Project is founded by a Veteran – Curtis Bean – who found healing from PTSD through artwork and decided to share that with others in Denver, Colorado.

The Art of War Project’s mission is “to inspire hope and contribute to the health and well being of American Veterans dealing with PTSD by providing a positive outlet through art.”

They do this through holistic healing via artwork, photography, yoga, meditation, and other unique ways and have seen success that is hard to put into words.

 

11 Bravos

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“Duty, honor, pride, and country” are the words to describe 11 Bravos and their cause.

The company features a wide array of military appearal and gear and boasts a thriving online military community with over 320,000 likes on Facebook.

 

Nine Line Apparel

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Two Army veteran officers who happen to be brothers, Captains Daniel and Tyler Merritt, started Nine Line Apparel in a garage and now employ more than 70 veterans, military spouses, and patriotic Americans with a whopping Facebook community of 950,000 people.

When deciding to create their own apparel line, the Merritt brothers wanted to create a brand that advocates for military, veterans, and patriotic Americans that can be perfectly summed up in this quote from their website:

“It’s much more than getting dressed everyday, it’s about being proud of who you are, what you wear, and how you walk through life. We are relentlessly patriotic, we hold no punches, we don’t apologize for our love of country, we are Am erica’s next greatest generation.”

A portion of the proceeds of all apparel purchases is donated to helping severely wounded veterans and their families, through the Nine Line Foundation.

[This article originally appeared at Nation.FoxNews.com.]

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November 11, 2016