The gift that keeps giving
Home of the Brave offers American-made merchandise benefiting veterans

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

November 8, 2014

Bob Flowers in Home of the Brave, 231 South St. 
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA - Few people appreciate the military quite like Bob Flowers. Born into a family of military members, the former Cedarburg police sergeant knows firsthand how important veterans are to our country’s past - and future.

That’s why Flowers opened the Home of the Brave military “give” shop at 231 South St. The shop features T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, flags and other insignia honoring America and various branches of the armed forces.

Every product in Flowers’ store is made in America, and both he and his vendor donate $1 of each sale to the Fisher House, which provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers.

Flowers’ favorite part of the shop so far has been hearing the stories of the veterans who come in.

A selection of shirts for veterans and those who support them available
at Home of the Brave, 231 South St.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff

“God bless his heart for how he feels about our veterans,” said customer Joe Deloria, the self-proclaimed ‘Mini-Marine’ who, at 4-feet-11, had to get a height exemption to join the military. It’s stories like those that make Flowers’ job worthwhile.

“Sometimes the guys will just come in and sit down and tell their stories and they don’t leave,” Flowers said. “We always have a listening ear here.”

Since he opened five weeks ago, Flowers has added a table and chairs and a television to the shop, and he plans to add a coffee pot so veterans can come in, drink some coffee and trade war stories. On Veterans Day, he’ll have coffee and donuts for anyone who stops by.

“People don’t realize what all these guys went through,” Flowers said.

Home of the Brave is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.