How Military Veterans Can Reconnect as Business Owners
Regardless of which branch of the U.S. military you serve, your purpose is clear. You are brought together with your brothers and sisters in arms to protect this country and secure America’s peace through service and sacrifice.
Respect, integrity and trust undergird your dedication to serving your country. But when you make the decision to transition away from your military career, it can be difficult to find a purpose and career that are founded on similar principles.
What Business Opportunities Exist for Military Veterans?
According to the National Veteran-Owned Business Association, there are roughly 3 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S. These include small and medium-sized business owners, as well as those at the corporate level. It demonstrates the fact that entrepreneurship is a path that many military veterans take when they make the transition into civilian life.
The military instills the fundamental attributes and capabilities that it takes to succeed in business ownership. You have an ingrained work ethic and dedication to achieving your goals that go beyond many others looking to start their own businesses. You have a commitment to service and community that allow you to build relationships. Your experience is built on the idea of putting strategies into practice to fulfill specific objectives.
However, the missing ingredient that many military veterans seek after their military careers is the ability to maintain that connection with fellow veterans. This is exactly the connection that JDog Junk Removal & Hauling provides for military veterans and their families.
JDog: Creating a Community of Veteran Business Owners
Across our organization, we are represented by members of every military branch and their family members. Each JDog Junk Removal & Hauling business owner joins a network of military and military family-owned business across the U.S., creating true camaraderie and an ethos of brotherhood that can’t be replicated with other business investments.
Dave Gilbert, a U.S. Navy veteran, recently spoke with WETM, a local NBC affiliate in Elmira, New York, explaining that many military veterans are often unsure of what their next steps are after their military career and converting their experience. JDog Junk Removal & Hauling businesses also hire between two and five military veterans as a part of their crew.
In an interview with Philadelphia SmartCEO Magazine, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling Founder Jerry Flanagan explained that the employment issues facing the military veteran community are difficult to ignore, which makes JDog such a unique and important business concept. Instead of growing a network of business operators who will ultimately compete with one another, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling fosters a family aesthetic in which veteran business owners assist each other out if the need arises. You may have served in different branches, but we are all part of the veteran community and we support each other.
Meanwhile, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling’s advisory board is also represented by military veterans, including Marine Corps Reserve Maj. Gen. James Lariviere, who has more than 20 years of senior civilian and military experience in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Our Goal: Giving Veterans Opportunities to Succeed in Business
Ultimately, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling’s objective is to reduce the veteran unemployment rate from 3.9 percent to less than 1 percent. At the same time, we are building a network of military veteran business owners who work together as a community—not competitors.
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