Veterans Apply for JDog Junk Removal Franchise

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is Building a Business for Those with Military Skills

The transition from active duty military to civilian life is not easy for anyone.

All too often enticing corporate programs and direction from career advisors muddy the workforce landscape and veterans end up in a career path that does not suit the skills and work ethic learned during years of military training.

This was a similar path for Jerry Flanagan. Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1989 and achieved the rank of E-4 Specialist. After the Army, he attended college and technical school on the GI bill. But after leaving the Army, he found himself filling various management positions in the retail and corporate world that did not suit his training and background, nor did they offer the type of active work environment in which he could thrive.

Jerry knew he wanted to create a life that would not only utilize the work ethic and disciplinary skills he acquired in the Army and suited his personality, but would also withstand the recession so he could continue to support his wife and two daughters.

“I experienced first-hand the difficult decisions that come with the transition from military to civilian life. After many trials, I discovered the successful connection of military skills with small business ownership that is often overlooked when veterans try to find the best next step in their careers,” said Jerry.

In 2011, Jerry started hauling junk around the Philadelphia area and JDog Junk Removal & Hauling was born. His new business offered an outlet for his career change from the retail to service industry while avoiding the risks of a downturn in the economy from the ongoing demand and the high margins of the business model. The fast success of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling came from customer service and a business model built on the core values learned in the military – respect, integrity and trust.

“With my success using this business model, I realized there was something bigger I could do to help other veterans like me, and the increasing veteran unemployment cycle, achieve the American dream of small business ownership,” said Jerry. “We liken JDog to a ‘movement’ among military personnel and their families, built on the foundation of respect, integrity and trust – values veterans and their families relate to.”

JDog Junk Removal & Hauling began franchising in 2012 and has since staked its claim as the only U.S. franchise business devoted solely to military veterans and their families.

The franchisees that have joined the movement have found sustainable income opportunities and a better work-life balance for their families as they transitioned into civilian life. This movement appeals to veterans who prefer to be entrepreneurs, where they can operate according to a proven business manual and maintain an active, flexible work schedule that revolves around the sound values and work ethic that are established in a military career.

Because of military downsizing, veterans are especially in need of work and career opportunities. The transition from military to civilian life is tough and competition is steep. Military veterans are successful franchisees because they are comfortable following structured systems and understand how to operate within teams. Jerry adds, “The main goal driving the success of JDog is our desire to support other veterans and provide them opportunities for professional and personal success.”

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