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New SBA Partnership Helps Veterans Access Small Business Opportunities
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As we spend today honoring our veterans, I would like to highlight an event hosted in my store in Arlington, Virginia. On November 5, the International Franchise Association (IFA) made a special announcement, sharing exciting progress with the Operation Enduring Opportunity program. In 2011, the IFA made the largest private sector veteran hiring commitment to date as part of the White House Joining Forces initiative, by pledging to hire and recruit 80,000 veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses through 2014. The organization was pleased to announce that with the support of organizations including The UPS Store, they have already surpassed that number and have hired 151,557 veterans, nearly doubling their initial goal!

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The UPS Store Delivers Support to Veterans Through Operation Enduring Opportunity
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In the seven years I spent in the U.S. Marine Corps, I met countless remarkable men and women who day in and day out committed themselves to serving our country and helping keep its citizens safe. Many of my fellow Marines stayed in the service and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many of them will be soon coming home.

Over the next several months, tens of thousands of men and women will return from deployment in Iraq, Afghanistan and Southeast Asia. Opportunities in the private sector are needed to provide these individuals a smooth transition into civilian life. Veteran unemployment rates are 11.7% and 22% for veterans under 25 years. These are staggering and undeserved numbers among the men and women who have honorably served to help keep our nation free.

Since 2003, The UPS Store has participated in the International Franchise Association (IFA) VetFran Initiative, a voluntary effort of IFA member-companies that is designed to encourage franchise ownership by offering financial incentives to honorably discharged veterans.  In that time, approximately 150 The UPS Store locations have opened under this program, providing more than $700,000 in discounts to these men and women.

Now it’s time to do more …

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