While serving in the U.S. Army in Oklahoma, Cody McGraw of Portland would help connect his fellow platoon members with military deals and savings. When they asked him where to find a list of the deals, McGraw had the idea for an application that would keep an updated account of stores offering discounts for veterans.

“I said if this isn’t an app by the time I get out of the service, then I was going to try to figure out how to get it rolling,” McGraw said. When he got out of the service in 2014, he went to work creating the app known as SCOUT Military.