The White House and IFA recently announced that 290,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired or trained in the franchise business since the launch of the White House Joining Forces initiative in 2011.
The IFA and more than 500 franchised businesses that are part of IFA's VetFran strategic initiative, were part of the first private sector commitments to the White House Joining Forces initiative on Veterans Day in 2011. The IFA and its membership pledged to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014, including 5,000 wounded warriors as team members and franchise small business owners. In the first year alone, nearly 65,000 veterans have started careers in franchising - including 4,314 as franchise business owners using discounts offered by VetFran member companies.
The IFA first launched VetFran in 1991 as a strategic initiative to help Gulf War veterans access business ownership opportunities in franchising. In 2011, Operation Enduring Opportunity was launched to expand that initiative to include hiring.
"With the war in Iraq over and the war in Afghanistan drawing to a close and more than one million service members projected to leave the military in the next several years, franchise businesses have realized that hiring our veterans, military spouses, and wounded warriors is not only the right thing to do, but it makes good business sense," says IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira. "With its rapid training opportunities, scalability, and need for operational execution and excellence in following proven systems, franchising provides an ideal structure to enable returning veterans to become leaders of and productive participants in the U.S. economy."
IFA maintains a VetFran Toolkit, available at www.VetFran.com, with tools and solutions for veterans, military spouses, and wounded warriors interested in franchise ownership or careers in franchising, including:
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