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Honoring veterans and gun shopping

by Aurora Sain
New York Times bestselling author Marcus Luttrell signs his book 'Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10' for 9-year-old Cameron Duffy and his sister Megan, 7, at the Axelson Tactical grand opening in Minden.
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Veterans hold a special place in many people’s hearts, and a new Minden gun store found a way to help them.

Axelson Tactical had their grand opening on Saturday, and they co-founded Veterans Family of Brands to try and help veterans once they come home.

VFOB is a bunch of different companies that give back to veterans’ every time something is purchased from one of the partners.

“There are so many problems taking care of our vets,” said owner Jeff Axelson. “Maybe one day we can call the Department of Veterans Affairs and say that we don’t need them.”

Axelson is upset with the lack of care veterans get once they come home, and is hoping that his gun store and partnership with VFOB will help.

The mission is more personal for Axelson, who lost his brother, Matthew Axelson, in 2005 during Operation Red Wings.

“It really stemmed from wanting to carry on his legacy,” said Axelson.

Axelson grew up hunting and around guns his whole life, so the gun store was a perfect fit when deciding what kind of store they would operate.

“We work with so many amazing companies,” said Axelson.

The event was filled with booths, demonstrations and even a concealed carry fashion show.

One of the booths present at the grand opening was the Women’s Shooting Academy and the founder, Vicki Kawelmacher.

She just started a new nonprofit called “Help me help her” which focuses on educating, encouraging and empowering women through proactive personal safety.

She is hosting a class on Sept. 11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. called “My safety, my choice! The warrior in every woman.”

The class is at 1200 Scheels Dr. in Sparks, and for more information call 866-744-4644 or visit helpmehelpher.org.

The line of people to get in was around the corner on Saturday, and brought out familiar faces such as Assemblyman Jim Wheeler and Nevada Sen. James Settlemeyer.

Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy Seal and author of “Lone Survivor” was also present at the event, and works closely with Axelson and his family.

Luttrell was the only survivor during Operation Red Wings and named his son Axe after Matthew Axelson.

The store focuses on high quality tactical, hunting and sport shooting products.

Axelson Tactical is located at 2222 Park Place in Minden, and they will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For more information visit Axelsontactical.com or veteransfob.com.