Veteran-owned health and wellness companies
One thing about serving in the Armed Forces is it usually keeps people in good physical shape. The readiness requirements keep service members active throughout their careers. After service ends, many veterans are looking for not only a place to work out but a community they can call their own. They’re often also seeking mental healthcare, and if injured over the course of their service, physical therapy. These veteran-owned health and wellness businesses fit the bill.
Co-founder and CEO Daniel Lunz served seven years in the Marine Corps, including in Iraq. His company has licensed cutting-edge biomarker technology focused on the prediction and detection of esophageal cancer. The test Previse has developed, Esopredict, provides prognostic information to help gastroenterologists identify patients with Barrett’s esophagus that are likely to progress to high grade dysplasia or esophageal cancer. The earlier the detection, the sooner patients can receive potentially life-saving treatment.
During Dr. Geoff Ling’s experiences trying to procure certain medicines at a military hospital in Afghanistan, he hit upon the idea of a chemistry set stocked with basic materials such as carbon, sulfur, and hydrogen that could produce essential drugs when needed. Back stateside, Ling worked with DARPA and MIT to develop an on-demand pharmacy. On Demand Pharmaceuticals now manufactures drugs for use in crisis situations and remote locations with a distributed network of on-demand pharmacies.
Through its Warrior Wellness Solutions nonprofit, the group empowers the mental, physical, and spiritual health of service members, veterans, and their families. Offerings include rehabilitative exercise, functional medicine health coaching, and post-traumatic growth/integration coaching. Founder Elijah Sacra is Marine Corps veteran and health and wellness practitioner who works with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and mental health practitioners. Patients include people with chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, amputations, and post-traumatic stress.
Harvey Hall, a retired 20-year Army veteran, has served as a behavioral case manager for people with PTSD and depression, an interventional pain management practitioner, and veteran compensation and pension examiner. Genuine Healthcare is designed around incorporating cutting-edge technology and science- and holistic-based psychiatric medicine and interventions. Its use of Deep TMS therapy aids in the treatment of depression and OCD in patients who fail to respond to antidepressant medications.
The 100% veteran-owned health and wellness company provides exercise equipment for weightlifting, strength training, and cross training. Customers range from home and commercial gyms to CrossFit centers, first responder training centers, and college weight rooms. “We strive to offer the highest quality products available on today’s market, and our dedication to complete customer satisfaction is one of our fundamental beliefs,” Vulcan Strength declares. To top it off, they offer a 5% military discount.
Founder Nate Woods embarked on a personal training career in 2019 after leaving the Army. He stocked a home gym piece by piece to train clients in, but when it came to a custom deadlift platform, he couldn’t find a good one. So he built one, and in the process built a veteran-owned health and wellness business. Executive Fit uses CNC carving to etch logos directly into the wood inserts of platforms rather than using decals that peel off easily.
This veteran-owned health and wellness company topped $100 million in sales in 2021. A verified SDVOSB (Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business), Alliant offers medical products and services from some of the most respected medical device manufacturers in the world. Owner and CEO Bob Taylor is an Air Force and Air Force Reserve veteran, and many of Alliant’s employees are veterans. The company remains committed to supporting veterans and focuses on the federal market.
A 15-year Navy veteran, Yvonne Rea, board-certified functional medicine, microcurrent therapy pain specialist leads a team of doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners. Rea focuses on inflammation, pain, non-healing wounds, and nutritional science as they relate to disease and regeneration of tissue. She has partnered with The Academy of Applied Electrophysiology to create awareness for technologies such as microcurrent, scalar, and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy.
Retired Air Force veteran Michele Leone is the CEO and the first registered nurse to receive a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP) specializing in surf therapy. Founder Cory Nichols is a Navy veteran and has extensive experience with the military, rehabilitation therapy for physical and emotional disabilities, substance abuse therapy, and adaptive sports. COSTA’s aquatic-adaptive surf therapy for veterans, first responders, and active service members aids in mindfulness, physical fitness, stress relief, wellness, spirituality, and overall quality of life.
“Camp Liberty provides inclusive outdoor recreation programs that aid in the reintegration of U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families, with an emphasis on assisting those with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and mobility disabilities,” the mission statement reads. Several members of the executive team served overseas and understand the difficulties of adjusting to life back home after service-related injury. Programs include archery, fishing, hunting, and support group activities.