ICYMI: This Air Force Veteran is on a Roll

Posted: Nov 11, 2014 12:40 PM

Matt Butler is an active member of the Air Force, he is also an entrepreneur. While deployed, the serviceman conceptualized an idea for a backyard game that would combine Bocce Ball, Bowling and Horseshoes, the result was Rollors. The game is played by rolling wooden discs across the lawn, beach, or any outdoor terrain with the goal of landing closest to a marker, and gaining points. 

"Veterans are 45 percent more likely to take the plunge into entrepreneurship than people with no active-duty military experience, according to a May 2011 study from the SBA Office of Advocacy," Butler told Townhall. 

The term 'Vetrepreneur' is now being commonly used for this cache of 'veteran entrepreneur.' This army of business leaders generates $1.2 trillion in receipts and  employs nearly 5.8 million people, Butler boasted. 

In his own business launch, Butler has been able to employ other military servicemen and also provided work for his own family.

"Since I'm active duty in the service, that's my number one priority all the time. My entrepreneurship and Rollors itself really takes a back seat to that," Butler explained. "If I get deployed, my wife helps out with fulfilling order or answering emails or phone calls." 

Butler has not only served his country as a member of the military, he has strengthened its backbone by his creative entrepreneurship.

Happy Veterans Day!