Every year, Grand New Flag, a retail flag business based out of Watertown, NY, donates 5% of its profits every year to a non-profit organization that helps U.S. Military Veterans. This year, Grand New Flag’s owner, Philip Kauppinen, has chosen Feed Our Vets as his charity.
Grand New Flag was founded to honor the memory of Philip’s father, Arnold J. Kauppinen, who served two combat tours in Vietnam (1966-68), in the Army’s 196th Light Infantry Brigade.
Philip Kauppinen honors his father’s service by donating part of his business’s annual profits to a Veteran cause, and by offering flags at a discount for Veterans and active duty military, as a thank you for their service and sacrifice. Past Grand New Flag charity recipients have been Warrior Legacy Foundation’s Wounded Heroes Program of Maine, Boulder Crest Retreat for Military, and Veteran Wellness.
In August of 2008, Philip’s father passed away, leaving a void in his life.
“He instilled in me a great appreciation and respect for those that have served our country and after he passed on I searched for ways to give back to Veterans”, said Philip.
In the summer of 2011, Philip bought an American Flag for his home and was inspired to start Grand New Flag. As he sat working on the business plan, it struck him that the business would be his vehicle to give thanks and give back to those who have and are currently serving our country.
Grand New Flag opened for business on Flag Day of 2012. Philip, his wife Sarah, and the Grand New Flag business recently moved from Maine to Watertown. The business provides American Flags, U.S. Military branch flags, flag memorial cases, custom advertising banners and flagpoles all 100% Made in America.
“After reading the story that inspired the founding of Feed Our Vets I felt strongly they should be the next recipient of my 5% for Vets Fund. Upon meeting with Tonia Russell and Steve Amaral their passion for feeding our Vets who are in desperate need blew me away. Their mission to end hunger among our Veterans and their family members locally and nationally is a tremendous undertaking. One of which I am honored to lend a helping hand to.”
Feed Our Vets thanks Philip Kauppinen and Grand New Flag for their support.