We have some very exciting news to share with you!!! As a result of your support and votes, Sword & Plough's co-founder and CEO, Emily Núñez Cavness, won the Women's Health Ultimate Game Changer competition and is featured on the cover of the subscriber issue of Women's Health Magazine this month!
This opportunity is truly representative of our community's amazing teamwork and action to help spread the word about Sword & Plough's story and mission. Thank you so much for your support! We could not be more grateful.
Check out the subscriber cover and featured article below, or pick up the October issue and read the article on page 134!
Thank you very much to Women's Health and Isopure for making this opportunity possible! We are inspired by your commitment to encourage women everywhere to pursue their goals and to become #gamechangers!
We've teamed up with Veterans Call to give you the chance to win an amazing prize pack by supporting your favorite veterans charity. The prize pack includes our Field Pack, Camo Mini Tote and other S&P items worth $260!
The Veterans Call app allows you to positively impact veterans’ lives in just a few clicks. Donate to your favorite veterans charity via your cell phone bill, saving you the inconvenience of providing your credit card or bank details. Their micro-giving technology enables you to give as little as $5 per month, which is just $1.25 per week. Plus the app lets you stay connected with your chosen charity.
To enter, download the Veterans Call app on your iPhone, Android or tablet and make a donation to the veteran charity of your choice before 30 June!
You can click the below links to be directed to the appropriate app download page.
Sword & Plough is a socially responsible fashion brand that recycles surplus military material into stylish bags. By repurposing military fabrics with a fashionable touch, and working with veterans at each stage (from product conception to order fulfillment), we create sturdy and sophisticated products, whose sale will empower veteran employment, reduce waste, and strengthen civil-military understanding. Click here to take a look at our latest collection.
Dear Sword & Plough fans,
It’s been three years since we launched on Kickstarter!
As we turn three, we wanted to take a step back and say thank you. You’re the best fans we could ever ask for, and your support since the day we launched has blown us away.
Thanks to you, we’ve grown a lot in the past three years.
Here are a few of our favorite moments:
1. Launched on Kickstarter: With your help we raised over $312,000 in 30 days, more than 15x our original goal!
2. Product Development and Impact: We’ve gone from a single prototype to fifty unique products! Through your support and our relationships with U.S. based manufacturing partners, we have repurposed over 30,000 pounds of military surplus and shipped over 13,000 products globally!
3. Our CEO, Emily, who is a U.S. active duty Army officer, deployed to Afghanistan, challenging our team to work across four different time zones. In 2015, Emily was one of the first 100 women to volunteer for and subsequently qualify to attend the U.S. Army Ranger Training Assessment Course. Emily and the Sword & Plough team have been featured by Military Times on numerous occasions.
4. White House Visits: In 2013 we were invited to the White House as “Champions of Change,” where we spoke about crowdfunding and social entrepreneurship. Most recently, we returned to the White House to participate in the first ever White House Demo Day hosted by President Obama!
5. We completed our first round of fundraising and our angel investor, Alan Hassenfeld joined the S&P team.
6. We were featured on Good Morning America’s #GirlPower segment and on the Today Show.
7. Over the past three years, Sword & Plough has donated 10% of profits annually to organizations that support veterans. We have also contributed over $14,000 worth of product to veteran fundraising events. Emily and Betsy have really enjoyed sharing our mission and spreading awareness about the military and veteran community through speaking engagements across the country.
8. Business Insider named Sword & Plough one of the Top 20 Most Inspiring Companies of 2014 along-side Starbucks and Patagonia.
9. We participated in the Dell Social Innovation Lab, Harvard Pitch for Change, Mass Challenge, Kairos Society, TOMS Start Something that Matters Fellows program, and Intuit Quickbooks Small Business Big Game Competition.
10. Connecting with all of you - our incredibly supportive and empowering fans, customers and followers. Sword & Plough could never have grown into the brand, company and force for social good that it is today without you! From sharing our stories to sporting our products, you are the backbone of Sword & Plough - THANK YOU!
We look forward to continuing to deliver amazing new products, while providing you with the customer experience and quality that you deserve!
All the best,
This Friday is Sword & Plough's 3 YEAR anniversary since launching on Kickstarter!!! We will be sharing special moments throughout our journey all this week on social media. Our Team couldn't be more excited to kick off the celebrations this week by announcing that WE'RE IN O, The Oprah Magazine(page 32)!!!!
Big thanks to Leslie Goldman, Tracey Hosmer, Zoe Donaldson, and the entire Oprah Magazine Editorial Staff for the opportunity to share our story and mission with the Oprah Magazine audience!
Pick up your copy of the May issue on shelves today. The first three fans to snap a picture of themselves with the magazine will receive a special gift from our team. Bonus points for creativity! Please email us a photo of you and the issue (firstname.lastname@example.org) or upload a pic to Instagram using #swordandplough.
As the newest member of the Sword and Plough team, I wanted to introduce myself. I’m originally from Warren, OH. After I graduated from high school, I attended John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH where I received a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship and was also a member of the varsity swim team. Upon graduation, I commissioned as 2LT in the Army Transportation Corps. After several months of training at Fort Eustis, VA, I was stationed at Fort Bragg, NC with the 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. While there, I served in several positions, gaining experience in leadership, supply, and logistics and also serving a tour in Iraq. Once I had been promoted to captain, I moved to Fort Lee, VA for six months of logistics training. Upon graduation, I was stationed at Fort Carson, CO with the 10th Special Forces Group, serving in the Group Support Battalion’s S3 shop, responsible for all operations and training of the battalion. It was there that I decided it was time to get out of the military and focus on other goals and endeavors. One of those was to join the Sword and Plough team.
There are a few reasons why Sword and Plough has greatly and positively impacted my family and I. While serving for almost 6 years in the U.S. Army, I witnessed young, promising soldiers leave the military and have extreme difficulty finding employment. It always puzzled me as to why these soldiers had such a hard time finding jobs. I knew first-hand of the valuable job experience that these men and women had acquired over their time in the service. They had problem solving skills, led multiple vehicle convoys through war-torn countries, coordinated exercises and mission that involved hundreds of people and millions of dollars of equipment, and had been responsible for the lives of their fellow service members. These men and women had endured some of the hardest working conditions, and rank among the most knowledgeable people I have ever had the pleasure to meet. And yet, they were not able to land a job to support themselves and their families.
When I first heard about Sword and Plough, I was immediately intrigued. I researched the company online and read as many articles I could find. Not only was I impressed that Emily was simultaneously running a successful company and working full-time as an Army officer, but I was drawn to what she and her company stood for - empowering veterans while reducing waste. I personally witnessed the unfortunate waste of supplies that happens as the military transforms and upgrades it’s equipment. I knew right away that this was a company I wanted to be a part of, and a mission that I felt passionately about.
Transitioning out of the military is difficult. You miss the people and the service and the larger mission. Being able to still feel that I can impact a member’s life in some small way is the greatest joy in this job.
Sword and Plough is reaching the civilian population through their bags and accessories. They are bringing awareness to the veteran community. You can not shop on their website without realizing who and what the company stands for. The more people that shop and buy products repurposed from surplus military equipment, the more awareness we will bring to the struggles that veterans face.
I have witnessed firsthand the passion and commitment this team’s leadership has for veterans. They go the extra mile to ensure that they uphold their values and the mission of the company. They work extremely hard to ensure that they hire veterans and procure materials from are military surplus. As this company grows, I am certain their work in the veteran and civilian communities will leave a positive impact.
We are very excited to be finalizing our military discount system and plan to launch in the very near future! Please sign up HERE to be notified when it's ready. In the mean time, we've done some recon for all of our active duty and Veteran supporters out there. Here is a list of various discounts that are being offered across the country in honor of Veterans Day. Before you try to redeem these deals, it's a good idea to call ahead to check limitations and restrictions. Some of these deals are reserved for those who have served in the U.S. military and their families, while other promotions are open to everyone.
While these generous offers are a great way for U.S. businesses to thank our service members and veterans, we also challenge our supporters to approach a veteran in conversation and learn about what their service involved and what it means to them. At Sword & Plough, we think the best way to honor veterans is to learn more about their experiences and acknowledge that these brave men and women are empowering assets to our communities.
7 - Eleven - Veterans, active members of the US military and their immediate families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service to participating 7-11 stores.
Applebee Restaurants - They will provide a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of a Service Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go to www.applebees.com.
Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 - Active duty military members and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of service is required (source). Find a location near you.
Bed Bath & Beyond - November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
buybuyBaby - November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Cabela’s - Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the item.
California Pizza Kitchen - Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near you.
Champs - On Veteran’s Day - All Veterans & Active Duty Military will receive a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe Burger). Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.
Christmas Tree Shops - November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Chili’s - Free entree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.
Denny’s - Get free all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local Denny’s.
Food Lion - 12% off all groceries (some exclusions) for Active & Retired Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card.More info.
Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Bar - Veterans and Active Duty Military will receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retiree card, or other proof of service required. Fox and Hound Bar & Grill | Locations | Find A Location Near You
Free Car Wash - Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which has helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.
Golden Corral (Hours vary by location!) - Military Appreciation - Golden Corral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal price. No take outs. For more information refer to http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact their Corporate Headquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to contact the location you are planning to attend to find out their specific hours as some of the locations are making adjustments to accommodate the veterans.”
Lowe’s Military Discount - Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active, reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive discounts at Lowe’s.com.
Home Depot Military Discount - The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10 percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You can also find Home Depot discounts online.
JC Penny - Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
Krispy Kreme - Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty, retirees & veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza - US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread, with proof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to make sure they are participating in this deal.
Lone Star Steakhouse - All veterans and active duty military will receive a FREE entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required, please call ahead for verification.
Long Horn Steakhouse - Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage for Veterans and active-duty military members. Visit their site to find a location near you.
McCormick & Schmick's - Complimentary Lunch or Dinner. The McCormick & Schmick's Veterans Appreciation Event on, is offered at participating restaurants to veterans defined as a person who served in the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Verification of service is required (retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick's highly encourage reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly for this event each year. You can easily make their reservations online through the restaurant's website at www.McCormickandSchmicks.com.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.
National Parks - National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one of your national parks on Veterans Day, and you won't be charged an entrance fee. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Netflix - One Month Free Trial, coupon code.
On The Border - “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention this special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Service members with ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree (up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location near you.
Outback Steakhouse - As an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to our Country's veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin' Onion and Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn more. Please visit www.outback.com for locations.
Red Robin - Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project. Find a location near you.
Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger - Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering Shoney’s All-American Burger to All Veterans and Active Duty Military Members on Veterans Day.
Shear Comfort - On top of their current 15% Discount, Shear Comfort offers an additional 7% Discount on all Custom Seat Covers to active-duty military and veterans in the United States and Canada. This gives you a total savings of 22% off the regular price.
Sports Authority - All Veterans and Military personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15% OFF YOUR ENTIER PURCHASE!
Steve Madden - We'd like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday military discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran's Day ONLY. Valid with a form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandize only.
Texas Roadhouse - Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local Texas Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday's - Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations for anyone with an old or current military ID. More details on TGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden - Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty military, during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Offer good in US and Canada, proof of service required. More info.
Uno Chicago Grill - Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location near you.Verizon Wireless - As part of their commitment to support the men and women who serve our country, Verizon Wireless offers a discount to all active duty military personnel and veterans. More info.
What a month! We are thrilled to be featured in the October issue of Southwest The Magazine!
Special thank you again to Jay Heinrichs (Southwest Airlines Spirit Editorial Director), Emily Kimbro (Art Director), Tracy Ross, and the entire Southwest Magazine Editorial team, for giving us the opportunity to share our story with the Southwest audience. #skiesthelimit