The real scoop behind Dog Tag Bakery

Matt Saintsing
July 31, 2018 - 3:07 pm

Photo Courtesy of Dog Tag Bakery

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Barack Obama and Joe Biden recently made waves when they were spotted enjoying some baked goods Dog Tag Bakery in Washington, D.C., but the real story is the veterans who make it all possible.

The bakery, owned and operated by a nonprofit organization, offers an opportunity to “discover personal and professional fulfillment in the civilian world” for veterans, military spouses, and caregivers of disabled vets. But for Lauren Warner, she’s all of the above. 

“The fellowship is tailored to the military community, so you’re with a group of 12 people who understand what you’re going through,” she said. She enjoyed the program so much, that her husband, Seldon, also an Army veteran, is going through it now. 

As an Army brat, Warner was accustomed to the life military service has to offer. So, in 2013 she enlisted in the Army as a public relations specialist and was assigned to The Old Guard at Fort Myer, where she met her husband. 

Warner left the Army one year before her 4-year contract was finished so she could care for Seldon, who is a disabled veteran. Before joining The Old Guard, he was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and deployed to Afghanistan. 

Seldon was injured when he took a “blast,” says Lauren. 

He was cleared by medics and returned to duty. But some wounds of war “under the radar.” That was until he met Lauren while they were both assigned to The Old Guard.

"I picked up on a lot of that stuff and suggested he go and get it checked out,” she said.

Seldon ultimately separated from the Army through a medical evaluation board (MEB), Lauren also left the Army to become a caregiver full time. She was looking for some extra income but with a more flexible schedule than an office setting, and the fellowship at Dog Tag Bakery seemed like a perfect fit. “Being able to work remotely and run my own business was my game plan,” she says. 

Now, Warner can’t recommend Dog Tag Bakery enough. Fellows get to learn every aspect of running a small business from working the cash register up front, to placing orders and even being involved in the hiring process—transferrable skills for a wide array of businesses. She also picked up some basic knife skills in the bakery. 

Like all fellows, she finished the program with a certificate in business administration from Georgetown University’s continuing education program, where fellows attend classes. 

“It’s great for everyone, whether you’re a transitioning vet, military spouse, caregiver, or all three like I was,” she adds.

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