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Support veterans on the holiday and year-round

Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military past and present. While many restaurants salute them with free or discounted items to show appreciation, several help transitioning soldiers and veterans start new, rewarding careers in the foodservice industry.

More than 250,000 service men and women will separate from active duty annually over the next five years. At the same time, the restaurant industry plans to create more than 800,000 new jobs.

Each year, our Educational Foundation hosts a virtual career fair to help vets start civilian careers. The goal: reduce unemployment within the veteran population and assist the industry in employing at least 10 percent of transitioning military personnel.

Here are a few of the restaurant companies helping veterans get started:

1. Sodexo
The Gaithersburg, Md.-based contract foodservice company says the skills, experience, teamwork and commitment to excellence gained in service ease the transition to a civilian career. The company says it’s on a mission to hire veterans, reservists and members of the National Guard in culinary, facilities and engineering management, clinical nutrition, environmental services, information technology, and sales posts, among others.

2. Dog Tag Bakery
The Washington, D.C. company is determined to provide employment and productive civilian lives for returning veterans with disabilities. It offers education at Georgetown University during a 5-month training program that teaches leadership development and business management. Courses include accounting, management, communication, financial management, marketing, business policy, and entrepreneurship. The students also rotate through various business roles within the bakery to get hands-on experience. Upon completion of the program, the company says transitioned veterans are business ready, competitive and employable.

3. Dunkin’ Brands
The Canton, Mass.-based parent of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins is committed to supporting the military and hiring veterans. Through its veterans Integration and Internship Program, it provides practical training and career events to prepare veterans for employment. The brands also offer special incentives for honorably discharged military veterans to help make business ownership a reality. They include reduced royalty rates and discounts on franchise fees.


Are you interested in making a difference? Find out more about how you can employ veterans. Learn more about how we support America’s armed forces through training and post-duty employment

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