Today is Veterans Day, the one day a year where we as a country should come together and celebrate the hard work that the men and women of the armed services do every day to make the world a better place. For many veterans that dedication to service was the motivating factor to join the military, and as such, many continue to serve in other ways after returning to the civilian world. Some veterans are drawn to public service — becoming police officers or firefighters — the medical field, or other skilled trades. Others utilize the leadership skills they developed while serving to go on to start their own businesses and non-profits. Here’s a list of five veteran-owned organizations that are making a difference in the world.

Five Paragraph Business Plan

This business is the brainchild of Michael Penney, co-host of the now-on-hiatus podcast Cigars and Sea Stories. Five Paragraph Business Plan is an organization that helps veterans (and civilians) start their own small business, no matter what type. Penney, a former Marine and Iraq & Afghanistan vet, has long been an advocate for veteran-owned small businesses, and his Five Paragraph system brings the theories of military operations planning to the civilian world.

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