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Milspreneur's Business Name and Info: NavyRackPacks are flame retardant, blackout storage curtains for use on ships, subs, Coast Guard cutters, Merchant Marine ships, and Military Sealift Command vessels

NavyRackPacks are flame retardant, blackout storage curtains for use on ships, subs, Coast Guard cutters, Merchant Marine ships, and Military Sealift Command vessels. Patricia Neleski started NavyRackPacks in her garage in Navy Housing in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in 2004 because her husband’s Navy issue curtains were so thin the light shone through and kept him awake during the few hours of sleep he had. Now, more than 15,000 Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Marines, and Military Sealift Command sailors have purchased and used NavyRackPacks in their berthing areas.

From the beginning, Patricia wanted to create a company that not only solved problems for sailors, but enabled her to help the military community she served. As a result, NavyRackPacks has donated many thousands of dollars worth of NavyRackPacks and cash proceeds to charity auctions, scholarship drives, Family Readiness Groups, school PTA fundraisers, the USO, the Saint Mary’s Submarine Museum, and other community organizations.

Patricia has trained 12 military spouses from the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Center Spouse Employment Assistance Program on the use and maintenance of industrial sewing machines and sergers, giving them valuable job skills to take with them to their next duty stations. Patricia buys her supplies only from veteran owned businesses in the US. One of these veterans served in World War II and still runs his business every day! Patricia partners with two businesses that hire veterans, retired military spouses, and parents of currently serving US service members.

For Patricia, NavyRackPacks is not just a business, it is a way to serve her country and her community.

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