Buddy the Soldier Bear is the endearing story of a lonely stuffed bear who sits on a shelf in a toy store dreaming of being part of a family and going on adventures. After a long wait, he is bought by a kind old lady who packs him in a care package and sends him to a deployed soldier. The soldier and his comrades take Buddy on many adventures and he eventually goes home with the soldier and becomes part of a family. Buddy's dreams come true! We want to inspire children to dream big!
Buddy the Soldier bear is so much more than just a book and stuffed animal - it's a movement!
Brandon J. Pollard grew up in the military life with his dad, who served twenty years in the Air Force. After high school, he joined the Army. He served nine years with the active Army and National Guard as a CH47D Helicopter Flight Engineer. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and deployed natural-disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina and in Kashmir, Pakistan, after the Earthquake in 2005.
When he left the Army, Brandon relocated to Portland, Oregon, to live closer to his son and family. He attended the Portland Art Institute and graduated with honors in 2015, earning a bachelors degree in Media Arts and Animation.
Brandon now works as an illustrator and graphic designer. Most days, he likes to daydream about old friends, strange places, fast motorcycles, and Jiu Jitsu—and uses them as inspiration for his drawings.
A portion of the proceeds will go to nonprofit organizations who help active duty military and veterans.
Buddy the soldier bear
Available in three sizes. Made in America.
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