Dream Vacations Celebrates 11 Years of Awarding Free Travel Agency Franchises to Military Veterans
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Dream Vacations Celebrates 11 Years of Awarding Free Travel Agency Franchises to Military Veterans

December 16, 2022 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Dream Vacations recently awarded two military veterans with free travel franchises as part of its 11th annual award-winning annual business plan contest “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General.” To celebrate the milestone, one military veteran also won the grand prize of a cabin at the Dream Vacations’ 2023 National Conference aboard the exciting Carnival Celebration. 

“Our military veterans and their families have sacrificed so much so that we can live the American Dream. Therefore, it’s a privilege to be able to support their entrepreneurial dreams,” said Drew Daly, senior vice president and general manager of Dream Vacations. 

The Dream Vacations franchise contest was open to former members of any of the six branches of the U.S. military (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard) who are retired, off active duty and/or honorably discharged prior to the contest start date this past July and are residents of the U.S. Candidates participated in a rigorous three-part application process which included creating a business plan, video essay and phone interviews. Nearly 4,000 people have applied for franchise ownership through Operation Vetrepreneur since 2012.

This year’s winners are Army Veteran Crystal Ureta of Kingwood, Texas, who also won a berth at the 2023 National Conference cruise and U.S. Coast Guard Veteran Lara Herrmann of Albany, Ore.

“I am ecstatic that I was chosen as one of the winners of a Dream Vacations Franchise,” said Vetrepreneur winner Herrmann. “It’s great to know that my military service is appreciated and that my years of being an entrepreneur helped get me to this point! I love travel, and I already feel so supported by the Dream Vacations staff to propel this opportunity into a huge success! I can’t wait to get started!”




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