TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military collection celebrates Veterans

By Dawn Kroeger

Veterans. When I hear the word “veteran”, many words come to mind such as sacrifice, honor, hero, freedom.  Like many others, I don’t first think of words like homeless, jobless, poor or hungry. But all of those words – the words that come to mind and those that don’t – are a reality for many veterans.

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, one third of our nation’s homeless are veterans. Additionally, the NCHV estimates roughly 1.5 million other veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks and poor living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing.

Much work is being done to combat this crisis for veterans and their families from bills introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives to national and local organizations working on preventing homelessness while serving current homeless.

This year TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/INTERNATIONAL, Inc. introduced a new initiative being rolled out in 36 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations called Movers for Military. The goal of this program is to partner with local agencies serving homeless veterans to provide much needed essentials such as towels, bedding, clothing and toiletries. In an effort to educate children about the needs of veterans and provide an opportunity for service, Movers for Military also engages local schools to join in the collection.

With the support of more than 60 media partners, as Veteran’s Day approaches, Movers for Military has been successful in year one by collecting more than 15,000 items for local agencies and increasing awareness of the needs of homeless veterans.

Check out some of these great clips and photos highlighting the Movers for Military program for our local veterans in need:

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Living Better in San Diego radio interview

Miami television station website article

K92.3 FM Orlando website

 

Veterans Initiative

Last week was incredibly busy for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees attending the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo in Detroit. Drew Bullard, director of operations at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in Pittsburgh and Air Force veteran, spoke at the event in a panel titled “Veterans Opportunities in Franchising”. Melanie Bergeron, former franchisee and current chair of the board at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, hosted a special International Franchise Association (IFA) event that educated other franchisors on the importance of employing veterans. We also had a handful of HR representatives ready answer career related questions for curious veterans. At the end of the week, we spoke with more than 100 veteran applicants interested in becoming managers, movers/drivers, and franchisees. Our focus on veterans is something has that been a priority of ours for a long time. We have multiple veteran franchisees and managers who have worked within our system for decades. We also offer interested veterans a 15% discount on purchasing a location.

We believe employing America’s armed services heroes is utilizing skilled, respected specialists who understand that achieving success in life takes commitment, personal integrity and self-discipline. These values align with our standards, and this alignment is why many veterans have built successful careers within our system.

If you know a veteran seeking a civilian career, please direct them to http://www.twomenandatruck.com/job-opportunitiesImageImageImageImage