"Spare No Arrows"
What do we mean by that?
It all started when I first joined the military. Less than two weeks into my initial training, I knew the Army was where I belonged. But I knew that if I didn’t do something more, I would be sparing an arrow that I might not be able to use again. I didn’t want to miss that opportunity - I wanted to deploy and work with the best.
Soon I reclassed to infantry, went through Special Forces Assessment and Selection, and eventually spent most of my time on active duty as a Green Beret in a Special Forces unit.
After my time in the military I went right into working as a contractor supporting Special Operations. After my last deployment, my family and I moved back to Texas, and that’s when I started to realize that I was no longer performing at my best. I was sparing arrows in many different parts of my life, especially in what I was putting on and in my body.
After a total of seven deployments, and such a high operational tempo, I hadn’t taken the time to do any self-care. But I knew there was more I needed to get out of this life, so I started the process of getting back to my best self.
Through countless hours of research, I learned that cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Special Operations community, and chemical stress and exposure plays a huge role in causing it. That’s when I knew I needed to start running KLĒNR. I couldn’t change what I had been exposed to in the past but what I could do is change what I was exposed to going forward.
I started by looking at what I was putting on my body. My wife and I first turned to popular all-natural brands, but would later learn that most of them are not even naturally scented. We knew that it could be done better. At that point, we knew it was time to start making our own products.
We wanted them to be naturally scented, made in the USA with organic ingredients, and better for your body. At the end of the day, we wanted to make products that would encourage people to live boldly.
So many people get to the end of their lives and realize they have unused arrows, but it’s too late to put them to use. They were afraid to make the leap to live a healthy and adventurous life, and ended up waiting so long that they barely lived at all. I knew that wasn’t going to be my story, and I don’t want it to be yours.
Spare no arrows. Get KLĒNR.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Chris "CT" Thompson founded KLĒNR in 2022.
For the last nine years, he's been heavily involved in the veteran non-profit space, but prior to that, he served as a decorated Green Beret and a contractor, still deploying, in support of Special Operations. Altogether he conducted seven combat deployments.
It wasn’t until he was no longer active in the Global War on Terrorism that he started to look at taking care of himself. He realized he was no longer the best version of himself and needed to find a way to get back to that.
Few are aware that cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Special Operations community. Through continued research, CT would learn that lifestyle, environment, air pollution, burning waste, munitions, explosives, exhaust fumes, harmful chemicals, and other occupational sources–all the things he was exposed to, can damage your DNA and increase the likelihood of getting cancer. After seeing other Special Operators losing their battle, CT decided to be proactive, and he and his wife, Becca, began paying more attention to product labels and what they were actually putting on their bodies. This led to creating their own natural products, free of any harmful chemicals. Because CT is impact-driven, he wants to share these products with everyone.
Today, he is looking beyond - to seeing everyone he interacts with gets better, gets KLĒNR in significant ways, so they can get the most out of their life.
Today KLĒNR actively supports Veteran non-profits. Each week KLĒNR donates products to every new grant recipient that Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions (VETS) has. This organization has had a life-changing and life-saving impact on so many in the Special Operations community. I am forever grateful for the work they are doing.
We also support the Green Beret Foundation by donating products, as part of a larger casualty support package, to every Green Beret that is injured in the line of duty. At this moment, Green Beret’s are operating in more than 80 different countries and their service and sacrifice are not lost on us.