Manion perished in 2007 while serving as a member of the Marine Corps in Iraq. His mother, Janet, used donations from his memorial fund to establish the organization, which now funds a raft of programs, including scholarship funds, tragedy-assistance and counseling workshops, and an annual 9/11 Heroes Run that takes place in more than 35 locations nationwide.
As former Explosive Ordinance Disposal officers, Spalding and Evans were more than familiar with the diffusion of incendiary devices.
As former Explosive Ordinance Disposal officers in the U.S. Navy, Spalding and Evans were more than familiar with the diffusion of incendiary devices, as well as their potential for a positive message. “We chose the bullet to convey our vision: turning an instrument of harm into a symbol of hope and healing,” Spalding says.
Each accessory comprises recycled, once-fired 5.56-millimeter and 9-millimeter bullet casings, which are reloaded with new full-metal-jacket tips and plated to create five different finishes: tiger, bronze, antique brass, classic, brushed silver, and distressed pewter. Made in the United States, all pieces include matching dog tags with an embossed Bullets2Bandages logo. Also available are baseball caps and T-shirts, as well as, more incongruously, a 50-caliber bullet bottle opener.