Combat Flip Flops: Former Army Rangers Return To Do Good In Afghanistan


Photo Courtesy of Matthew Griffin

When Airborne Ranger Matthew Griffin graduated from West Point in 2001, he was sent to the Hindu Kush in Northern Afghanistan. There he saw levels of poverty and misery he couldn't have imagined back home in the United States. Griffin was so moved by his experiences abroad that he decided to take action for himself. Teaming up with Army buddy Donald Lee, with whom Griffin had served in Afghanistan, he formed Combat Flip Flops.

Griffin's idea was relatively simple: go into war-torn areas and open factories where local entrepreneurs can make products for the American consumer market. Currently, they’re in three countries: Afghanistan, Colombia and Laos. And even better, part of the proceeds go to charities and NGOs that also focus on solving local issues.

To read Griffin's impressive story in his own words, visit Nationswell here.


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