Berea Veteran Launches Small Business

Petty Officer Second Class John Haynes

Bluejacket Authentic Threads, a custom designed military themed apparel company, has opened its virtual doors of a new online store, located at

“I am incredibly excited and honored to launch a company by and for Navy veterans,” said Petty Officer Second Class John Haynes, Founder and Owner of Bluejacket Authentic Threads. “While military clothing is everywhere these days, trendy Navy-themed clothing designs are few and far between.”

Born from several conversations between then shipmates and close friends Haynes and TJ Waldhauser while on deployment to the Persian Gulf in 2012, Bluejacket Authentic has made a commitment to receive artistic input and feedback from veterans across America.

“There are many talented veterans hidden in the ranks,” Haynes said. “While the first designs come solely from myself, I fully intend on partnering with other artists, entrepreneurs, and other experts throughout the vet community to continue sharing our story.”

Haynes first made Berea home in 2007, and has always looked at the “Arts and Crafts Capital” as home, even after leaving for the Navy in 2011. In 2012, he deployed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Persian Gulf, where he served in security forces with his friend Waldhauser, a Tampa, Florida native. He will be leaving active duty service in fall 2017 and will return to Kentucky permanently.

Waldhauser passed away in April 2017. Since then, Haynes made a commitment to launch the business the two Sailors dreamed of overseas.

“Bluejacket Authentic is more than just another guy selling shirts,” Haynes said. “It’s about carrying on the legacy of the many great Americans of all colors, genders, and backgrounds that have served our Armed Forces. That is the single driving force behind everything we do.”

To learn more about the company or to book an interview, contact John Haynes via email, [email protected], visit the website at, or like the Facebook page at

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