VETERANS, GUNS
& CIGARS 2022

Military Networking &
Competition Shooting Event

Military-connected executives, transitioning veterans, and SOF warriors network over competition shooting at our signature in-person event. Expanding regionally due to popular demand, Meritorious partners with military-friendly organizations to sponsor transitioning veterans at no cost. Our 2022 goal is to sponsor 100 veterans.

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Virtual Event Registrants (Nov 2021)
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Transitioning Veterans Sponsored

ATLANTIC REGION

NORTH CAROLINA

MEBANE, NC

Veterans Day 2022
Distinguished Pistol Club
433 New Castle Farm Rd
Mebane, NC 27302
11AM to 8PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

SOUTHEAST REGION

FLORIDA

PERRY, FL

October 13, 2022
PACEM Defense
4700 Providence Road
Perry, FL 32347
11AM to 8PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

SOUTHWEST REGION

NEVADA

LAS VEGAS, NV

October 29, 2022
Pro Gun Vegas
12801 Old U.S. 95
Boulder City, NV 89005
11AM to 6PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

Military-Friendly Supporters and Participants of our 2021 Event Series:

Military-Friendly Supporters and Participants of our 2021 Event Series:

As a transitioning veteran, this event was an awesome opportunity to have a little fun, network, and learn about what other veteran businesses are doing. This was a great platform for bringing together veteran businesses so that we can support each other!

Caleb S., US Navy SEAL

I enjoyed the fellowship, and the ability to connect with like minded veteran professionals. I would recommend to others veterans that would like to network and connect with a supportive military group.

Shabazz C., USMC Veteran, Executive

I highly recommend events like this to any veteran, transitioning or already out, to help maintain that connection to the veteran community and to help gain access to the veteran business community.

Jason F., US Army, Active Duty

Meritorious did a great job of finding an incredible venue and bringing different servicemembers / veterans together for a true executive networking event. I hope to attend Meritorious events in the future!

Ethan B., US Army Veteran, Business Owner

What a fantastic event! It was a great day of fellowship with brothers and sisters in arms. And, it was also a terrific opportunity to network with industry professionals. Thank you Meritorious Team!

Martin H., Army Veteran, Executive

It was more than networking, I came away with friends and brothers who shared similar experiences. I will make it a priority to attend the next event.

Loren P., Transitioning US Air Force Veteran

VETERANS, GUNS
& CIGARS 2022

Military Networking &
Competition Shooting Event

Military-connected executives, transitioning veterans, and SOF warriors network over competition shooting at our signature in-person event. Expanding regionally due to popular demand, Meritorious partners with military-friendly organizations to sponsor transitioning veterans at no cost. Our 2022 goal is to sponsor 100 veterans.

0
Virtual Event Registrants (Nov 2021)
0
Unique Views (2021, Q3 & Q4)
0
Transitioning Veterans Sponsored

ATLANTIC REGION

NORTH CAROLINA

MEBANE, NC

Veterans Day 2022
Distinguished Pistol Club
433 New Castle Farm Rd
Mebane, NC 27302
11AM to 8PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

SOUTHEAST REGION

FLORIDA

PERRY, FL

October 13, 2022
PACEM Defense
4700 Providence Road
Perry, FL 32347
11AM to 8PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

SOUTHWEST REGION

NEVADA

LAS VEGAS, NV

October 29, 2022
Pro Gun Vegas
12801 Old U.S. 95
Boulder City, NV 89005
11AM to 6PM ET
Purchase Tickets
Sponsor

Military-Friendly Supporters and Participants of our 2021 Event Series:

As a transitioning veteran, this event was an awesome opportunity to have a little fun, network, and learn about what other veteran businesses are doing. This was a great platform for bringing together veteran businesses so that we can support each other!

Caleb S., US Navy SEAL

I enjoyed the fellowship, and the ability to connect with like minded veteran professionals. I would recommend to others veterans that would like to network and connect with a supportive military group.

Shabazz C., USMC Veteran, Executive

I highly recommend events like this to any veteran, transitioning or already out, to help maintain that connection to the veteran community and to help gain access to the veteran business community.

Jason F., US Army, Active Duty

Meritorious did a great job of finding an incredible venue and bringing different servicemembers / veterans together for a true executive networking event. I hope to attend Meritorious events in the future!

Ethan B., US Army Veteran, Business Owner

What a fantastic event! It was a great day of fellowship with brothers and sisters in arms. And, it was also a terrific opportunity to network with industry professionals. Thank you Meritorious Team!

Martin H., Army Veteran, Executive

It was more than networking, I came away with friends and brothers who shared similar experiences. I will make it a priority to attend the next event.

Loren P., Transitioning US Air Force Veteran

WHO ATTENDS

Veterans, Guns & Cigars welcomes 100 attendees with an intentional focus on two demographics: (1) Active duty and transitioning veterans (sponsored) who seek mentors, business connections, and the healing power of camaraderie, and (2) Military-connected executives (ticket buyers) who seek peer-to-peer networking, as well as hire, do business with, and mentor veterans.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individuals and organizations can support through sponsorship, fundraising, donations, and volunteering. Click the toggles below for a detailed breakdown of opportunities.

  • Sponsor check-in, lunch, networking happy hour, dinner, or one of our nine competitions!
  • Prominent logo displayed on site
  • Inclusion in newsletter to over 13,000 veterans and businesses nationwide
  • Inclusion in event swag bag
View Sponsorship Deck
Engage employees, celebrate veterans who work within your company, and support the local veteran community. Each veteran is sponsored at $500, which includes guns, ammo, open range time, competition shooting, meals, drinks, cigar, networking, and accommodations as needed. Easily set up an individual or team webpage. QR codes provided upon request.
Start Fundraising
Individuals and companies can make a direct donation through our partner, Backpacks for Life, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with Federal employer I.D.# 47-1281873. Each veteran is sponsored at $500, which covers costs of meals, drinks, guns, ammo, clay, bow and arrows.
Make a Donation
We seek companies that can enlist 6 to 12 volunteers to attend the event and assist with setup / breakdown, check-in, vendor liaison, act as runners, etc. We ask companies to consider donating funds for hours accrued.
Contact Us
Companies can purchase tickets for veterans at their company to attend, military affinity group leaders, and recruiters who hire veterans.
Purchase tickets to attend Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina

WHY GET INVOLVED

  • By sponsoring transitioning, decorated veterans, you directly enable these heroes to benefit from positive camaraderie, peer support, business networking, and the great outdoors.

  • Be at the forefront of your local community. Empower customers, partners, and allies to help you fundraise.

  • Engage employees through a meaningful workforce giving and corporate matching opportunity.

  • Enjoy networking with other business executives and companies with a shared affinity for helping our military service members thrive in the civilian sector.

  • All attendees and sponsors gain free access to the Meritorious member portal to reconnect, network, mentor, post career opportunities, showcase businesses, and more.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

WHO ATTENDS

Veterans, Guns & Cigars welcomes 100 attendees with an intentional focus on two demographics: (1) Active duty and transitioning veterans (sponsored) who seek mentors, business connections, and the healing power of camaraderie, and (2) Military-connected executives (ticket buyers) who seek peer-to-peer networking, as well as hire, do business with, and mentor veterans.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Individuals and organizations can support through sponsorship, fundraising, donations, and volunteering. Click the toggles below for a detailed breakdown of opportunities.

  • Sponsor check-in, lunch, networking happy hour, dinner, or one of our nine competitions!
  • Prominent logo displayed on site
  • Inclusion in newsletter to over 13,000 veterans and businesses nationwide
  • Inclusion in event swag bag
View Sponsorship Deck
Engage employees, celebrate veterans who work within your company, and support the local veteran community. Each veteran is sponsored at $500, which includes guns, ammo, open range time, competition shooting, meals, drinks, cigar, networking, and accommodations as needed. Easily set up an individual or team webpage. QR codes provided upon request.
Start Fundraising
Individuals and companies can make a direct donation through our partner, Backpacks for Life, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization with Federal employer I.D.# 47-1281873. Each veteran is sponsored at $500, which covers costs of meals, drinks, guns, ammo, clay, bow and arrows.
Make a Donation
We seek companies that can enlist 6 to 12 volunteers to attend the event and assist with setup / breakdown, check-in, vendor liaison, act as runners, etc. We ask companies to consider donating funds for hours accrued.
Contact Us
Companies can purchase tickets for veterans at their company to attend, military affinity group leaders, and recruiters who hire veterans.
Purchase tickets to attend Florida, Nevada, and North Carolina

WHY GET INVOLVED

  • By sponsoring transitioning, decorated veterans, you directly enable these heroes to benefit from positive camaraderie, peer support, business networking, and the great outdoors.

  • Be at the forefront of your local community. Empower customers, partners, and allies to help you fundraise.

  • Engage employees through a meaningful workforce giving and corporate matching opportunity.

  • Enjoy networking with other business executives and companies with a shared affinity for helping our military service members thrive in the civilian sector.

  • All attendees and sponsors gain free access to the Meritorious member portal to reconnect, network, mentor, post career opportunities, showcase businesses, and more.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

SPONSOR A VETERAN!

In partnership with Backpacks for Life, your donation honors active duty service members and transitioning veterans with an action packed, full day of adventure networking and executive mentorship at Veterans, Guns & Cigars! Your support provides guns, ammo, clay, bows and arrows, all access to pistol, rifle, shotgun ranges, meals, libations, cigars, and camaraderie! Our military-connected community sponsored 25 veterans to attend the 2021 Veterans, Guns & Cigars. We hope you will join us and help quadruple that number in 2022!

For your tax records, Backpacks For Life, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization with Federal employer I.D.#47-1281873. Please consult a tax professional to determine if any portion of your donation is tax deductible.

Click to Donate

SPONSOR A VETERAN!

In partnership with Backpacks for Life, your donation honors active duty service members and transitioning veterans with an action packed, full day of adventure networking and executive mentorship at Veterans, Guns & Cigars! Your support provides guns, ammo, clay, bows and arrows, all access to pistol, rifle, shotgun ranges, meals, libations, cigars, and camaraderie! Our military-connected community sponsored 25 veterans to attend the 2021 Veterans, Guns & Cigars. We hope you will join us and help quadruple that number in 2022!

Click to Donate

For your tax records, Backpacks For Life, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization with Federal employer I.D.#47-1281873. Please consult a tax professional to determine if any portion of your donation is tax deductible.

STATE OF THE
FIREARMS INDUSTRY

Our companion virtual event combines speakers from the firearms industry with 1:1 speed networking and virtual tables facilitated by veteran-friendly companies in the firearms, outdoors, and defense industries.

2021 Speakers:

Jack Carr
Navy SEAL
New York Times Best-Selling Author

Elijah Crane
Navy SEAL
Co-Founder & CEO
Bottle Breacher

Nathan Horvath
USMC Veteran
CEO
Staccato

Bobby Cox
Army Ranger
VP Government Affairs
SIG SAUER

Mark Oliva
USMC Veteran
Director Public Affairs
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Bob Carey
US Navy Veteran
Executive VP, Advocacy & Strategy
The Independence Fund

Michael Canty
US Army Veteran
Co-Founder & CEO
Armaments Research Company

Jacki Billings
Military Spouse
Managing Editor
Pew Pew Tactical

VIEW 2021 VIRTUAL SWAG BAG

STATE OF THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY

Our companion virtual event combines speakers from the firearms industry with 1:1 speed networking and virtual tables facilitated by veteran-friendly companies in the firearms, outdoors, and defense industries.

2021 Speakers:

Jack Carr
Navy SEAL
New York Times Best-Selling Author

Elijah Crane
Navy SEAL
Co-Founder & CEO
Bottle Breacher

Nathan Horvath
USMC Veteran
CEO
Staccato

Bobby Cox
Army Ranger
VP Government Affairs
SIG SAUER

Mark Oliva
USMC Veteran
Director Public Affairs
National Shooting Sports Foundation

Bob Carey
US Navy Veteran
Executive VP, Advocacy & Strategy
The Independence Fund

Michael Canty
US Army Veteran
Co-Founder & CEO
Armaments Research Company

Jacki Billings
Military Spouse
Managing Editor
Pew Pew Tactical

VIEW 2021 VIRTUAL SWAG BAG

THE MERITORIOUS MISSION

"Veteran owned businesses, local nonprofits, transitioning service members, and their families need our support. By making it easier for military-connected leaders to intersect and reach our communities, we can continue contributing to a greater purpose, as in service.”

Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious
USMC Veteran, 2/5 Fox Company

THE MERITORIOUS MISSION

"Veteran owned businesses, local nonprofits, transitioning service members, and their families need our support. By making it easier for military-connected leaders to intersect and reach our communities, we can continue contributing to a greater purpose, as in service.”

Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious
USMC Veteran, 2/5 Fox Company

THE MERITORIOUS MISSION

"Veteran owned businesses, local nonprofits, transitioning service members, and their families need our support. By making it easier for military-connected leaders to intersect and reach our communities, we can continue contributing to a greater purpose, as in service.”

Ryan Loya, Co-Founder, Meritorious
USMC Veteran, 2/5 Fox Company

GROW YOUR ORGANIZATION

Acquire leads and referrals. Meet mentors, advisors, and investors. Hire veterans and military spouses.

GEOLOCATE & MEETUP

Traveling on business or returning to your home of record? Our mobile app connects you in real-time.

EVENTS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR NETWORK

Browse events for veterans and military spouses nationwide. Add your event to broaden reach.

JOIN A COMMUNITY OR BUILD YOUR OWN

Our turnkey communities yield better data, higher engagement, and ROI then social media groups.

Meritorious is an all-in-one SaaS platform making it easier for military-connected professionals, business owners, and veteran friendly organizations to find each other and collaborate while engaging transitioning veterans and military spouses.

member portal icon Meritorious

Member Portal

events icon Meritorious

Networking Events

Mentorship

Communities

WHO WE SERVE

Our platform unites military veterans, their spouses, and the organizations that serve them.

Professionals and Executives

Business Owners and Startup Founders

Transitioning Veterans and Military Spouses

Veteran Support Organizations

Veteran Employee Resource Groups

WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT

Rather than build from the ground up to serve our veterans, we take a top down approach, bringing together successful leaders who have hiring power, the right mix of expertise and desire to mentor, and the capacity to rally their companies in support of our military.

On an micro level, Meritorious fosters business networking, recruitment, and mentorship. On a macro level, Meritorious provides organizations a cost-effective solution to continue services and engagement beyond an intervention and focus area.

HOW WE SERVE

Meritorious has developed a Community-as-a-Service feature found nowhere else in the veteran ecosystem. Nonprofits and corporations can build centralized, virtual communities within our member portal to improve communication, information sharing, and collaboration, while creating a catchall resource for veterans to explore programs, connect with professionals and advocates, attend live events, access on-demand workshops, and more.

  • Clean UX/UI, intuitive backend, easy to learn and manage.
  • Control who accesses community and which content is private or public.
  • Import, export, and analyze user data. Easily identify most engaged users.
  • Standard community modules include live feed, member directory, events aggregate, forum, blog, partner showcase.
  • Custom modules available.
  • Email campaigns, segmentation, and analytics.

In addition to aggregating events nationwide, Meritorious hosts signature events using a three-prong approach, to create multiple access points, greater engagement, and more meaningful impact. As participants move from 1.0 to 2.0 to 3.0, the impact is more individualized.

1.0 events are national, virtual networking events for veterans and military spouses, on topics like real estate investing, cybersecurity, and running for Congress. 2.0 events are regional in-person events that intentionally bring together military-connected executives and transitioning veterans. 3.0 events are invitation only mentorship events.

The Meritorious member portal further enriches the experience, enabling participants to connect before, during, and after events, and allows brands and organizations to expand activations.

Mentor Connect is an on-demand, Professional to Professional (P2P) mentorship module on the Meritorious member portal. 
Unique to other mentorship programs, Meritorious members can both mentor and find mentors.
 A dashboard enables mentors to review and accept mentee requests. One-hour calls are a minimum requirement.

Mentor Connect is not just a mentorship module on our platform. It is also virtual and in-person events.
 Meritorious hosts in-house mentorship events, as well as curates mentorship events to help nonprofits expand their services for transitioning veterans and military spouses.

The Small Business Hub connects entrepreneurs with other veteran and military spouse owned businesses, resources, advisors, investors, and potential partners, while showcasing their businesses, fundraising goals, and current projects. Profile your business in our business directory, access discounts through our Marketplace (future launch), and leverage thousands of accredited investors through our partner, Localvest, a SaaS solution designed by veterans for veterans to help entrepreneurs raise capital faster.

Members of Meritorious can browse career opportunities through the member portal, as well as themselves post jobs, internships, apprenticeships, volunteer opportunities, and more. Hiring managers can tap into Meritorious to directly post career opportunities, interface with a high caliber talent pipeline, and connect with transitioning veterans.

The Meritorious app includes geolocation technology to create a smart, connected veteran ecosystem with more contextual touch points across the user journey.
 Our app provides users with timely communications, including push notifications, based on who they are, where they are, and what they might be needing.

Whether an executive travels on business or transitioning veterans return to their home of record, the app makes it easier to locate members and resources nearby. Geolocation also provides a more integrated experience for networking events, Mentor Connect, and brand activations.

BOOK A DEMO

Meritorious is an all-in-one SaaS platform making it easier for military-connected professionals, business owners, and veteran friendly organizations to find each other and collaborate while engaging transitioning veterans and military spouses.

member portal icon Meritorious

Member Portal

events icon Meritorious

Networking Events

Mentorship

Communities

WHO WE SERVE

Our platform unites military veterans, their spouses, and the organizations that serve them.

Professionals and Executives

Business Owners and Startup Founders

Transitioning Veterans and Military Spouses

Veteran Support Organizations

Veteran Employee Resource Groups

WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT

Rather than build from the ground up to serve our veterans, we take a top down approach, bringing together successful leaders who have hiring power, the right mix of expertise and desire to mentor, and the capacity to rally their companies in support of our military.

On an micro level, Meritorious fosters business networking, recruitment, and mentorship. On a macro level, Meritorious provides organizations a cost-effective solution to continue services and engagement beyond an intervention and focus area.

HOW WE SERVE

Meritorious has developed a Community-as-a-Service feature found nowhere else in the veteran ecosystem. Nonprofits and corporations can build centralized, virtual communities within our member portal to improve communication, information sharing, and collaboration, while creating a catchall resource for veterans to explore programs, connect with professionals and advocates, attend live events, access on-demand workshops, and more.

  • Clean UX/UI, intuitive backend, easy to learn and manage.
  • Control who accesses community and which content is private or public.
  • Import, export, and analyze user data. Easily identify most engaged users.
  • Standard community modules include live feed, member directory, events aggregate, forum, blog, partner showcase.
  • Custom modules available.
  • Email campaigns, segmentation, and analytics.

In addition to aggregating events nationwide, Meritorious hosts signature events using a three-prong approach, to create multiple access points, greater engagement, and more meaningful impact. As participants move from 1.0 to 2.0 to 3.0, the impact is more individualized.

1.0 events are national, virtual networking events for veterans and military spouses, on topics like real estate investing, cybersecurity, and running for Congress. 2.0 events are regional in-person events that intentionally bring together military-connected executives and transitioning veterans. 3.0 events are invitation only mentorship events.

The Meritorious member portal further enriches the experience, enabling participants to connect before, during, and after events, and allows brands and organizations to expand activations.

Mentor Connect is an on-demand, Professional to Professional (P2P) mentorship module on the Meritorious member portal. 
Unique to other mentorship programs, Meritorious members can both mentor and find mentors.
 A dashboard enables mentors to review and accept mentee requests. One-hour calls are a minimum requirement.

Mentor Connect is not just a mentorship module on our platform. It is also virtual and in-person events.
 Meritorious hosts in-house mentorship events, as well as curates mentorship events to help nonprofits expand their services for transitioning veterans and military spouses.

The Small Business Hub connects entrepreneurs with other veteran and military spouse owned businesses, resources, advisors, investors, and potential partners, while showcasing their businesses, fundraising goals, and current projects. Profile your business in our business directory, access discounts through our Marketplace (future launch), and leverage thousands of accredited investors through our partner, Localvest, a SaaS solution designed by veterans for veterans to help entrepreneurs raise capital faster.

Members of Meritorious can browse career opportunities through the member portal, as well as themselves post jobs, internships, apprenticeships, volunteer opportunities, and more. Hiring managers can tap into Meritorious to directly post career opportunities, interface with a high caliber talent pipeline, and connect with transitioning veterans.

The Meritorious app includes geolocation technology to create a smart, connected veteran ecosystem with more contextual touch points across the user journey.
 Our app provides users with timely communications, including push notifications, based on who they are, where they are, and what they might be needing.

Whether an executive travels on business or transitioning veterans return to their home of record, the app makes it easier to locate members and resources nearby. Geolocation also provides a more integrated experience for networking events, Mentor Connect, and brand activations.

BOOK A DEMO

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to military veteran and military spouse leaders.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: FREE

  • Full Access to Member Portal (App Coming Soon!)
  • Directory, Direct Messaging, Careers and More
  • Mentor Connect and Exclusive Mentorship Events
  • List Your Business in the Small Business Hub
  • Access Industry, Nonprofit and Corporate Communities
JOIN

TRANSITIONING VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES

Active duty service members, recently transitioned veterans, and their spouses are encouraged to join Meritorious to find mentors, career opportunities, networking events, resources, and more.

JOIN

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to military veteran and military spouse leaders.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

FREE

  • Full Access to Member Portal (App Coming Soon!)
  • Directory, Direct Messaging, Careers and More
  • Mentor Connect and Exclusive Mentorship Events
  • List Your Business in the Small Business Hub
  • Access Industry, Nonprofit and Corporate Communities
JOIN

TRANSITIONING VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES

Transitioning active duty service members and their spouses can use Meritorious to connect with mentors, browse career opportunities, attend networking events, find resources and more. Veterans who recently transitioned out of the service can also join.

JOIN

MEMBERSHIP

Membership is open to military veteran and military spouse leaders.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

FREE

  • Full Access to Member Portal (App Coming Soon!)
  • Directory, Direct Messaging, Careers and More
  • Mentor Connect and Exclusive Mentorship Events
  • List Your Business in the Small Business Hub
  • Access Industry, Nonprofit and Corporate Communities
JOIN

TRANSITIONING VETERANS & MILITARY SPOUSES

Active duty service members, recently transitioned veterans, and their spouses are encouraged to join Meritorious to find mentors, career opportunities, networking events, resources, and more.

JOIN

NO ALGORITHMS. NO CENSORSHIP. JUST VETS HELPING VETS.

NO ALGORITHMS. NO CENSORSHIP. JUST VETS HELPING VETS.

NO ALGORITHMS. NO CENSORSHIP. JUST VETS HELPING VETS.

OUR PARTNERS

Join 60+ partners who trust Meritorious. We're proud to collaborate with startups, small businesses, nonprofits, coalitions, and corporations with a shared mission to propel our military-connected communities forward.

OUR PARTNERS

Join 60+ partners who trust Meritorious. We're proud to collaborate with startups, small businesses, nonprofits, coalitions, and corporations with a shared mission to propel our military-connected communities forward.

GET INVOLVED

OUR PARTNERS

Join 60+ partners who trust Meritorious. We're proud to collaborate with startups, small businesses, nonprofits, coalitions, and corporations with a shared mission to propel our military-connected communities forward.

GET INVOLVED

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