As an area with such deep ties to the military, Alexandria's military community is an extensive one, representing both those previously and presently serving. During November, we join the Department of Defense Education Activity in celebrating Military Family Appreciation Month. In this issue, we share stories of veterans and military spouses who followed their passions to become business owners, honoring these individuals as well as the families whose service was given right alongside theirs. Their dedication, honor and integrity are a testament to their character, both in the military and out, and the business community is enriched by their presence. In sharing their stories, we hope to shine a light on some of the amazing people who have worn—or stood beside—the uniform and now make their mark in a different way.