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Leaving the military when it’s all you’ve ever known is one of the hardest things to do for many service members. The military provides stability in so many ways such as free housing and financial security along with free health benefits and more. When the time comes to leave it can be a hard adjustment and many times U.S. veterans have difficulty finding careers that convert to what they did in the military.

Because of this, many service members have found career happiness and stability in becoming entrepreneurs. It gives them a chance to put their leadership skills that they learned in the military to use. The military gives service members the ability to make split second decisions, be able to lead multiple tasks, work closely with others and so much more. 

This is why so many veterans are stepping into the entrepreneurial arena and many have done so through 7-Eleven. Not only is the CEO of 7-Eleven,Joe DePinto, a veteran, but 7-Eleven has a longstanding relationship with our military and veterans and has been named one of the Top 100 military friendly employers. In the last 4 years over 200,000+ military spouses and veterans have launched franchising careers, and over 50,000 vets have gained employment through a Franchise.

What makes all that is exciting is that 7-Eleven is giving away a franchise to a military veteran in their OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND  contest. Owning a 7-Eleven franchise has several benefits. They provide everything including the store, land, and equipment and you receive comprehensive training from pros that already own franchises and the whole start up process is a quick 3 to 6 months.

Here’s How To Enter:

1. Visit OPERATION: TAKE COMMAND and fill out the form to enter.

2. Afterwards apply anytime though January 25, 2015.

3. The top finalists will be announced in March of 2015.

4. Finalist will then create their best impressive video explaining why they should win.

Finalists videos are then shared on Facebook in which America will vote and the top 3 finalists will be flown to Dallas, Texas for a final interview. The 7-Eleven franchise winner will be announced on April 13, 2015.

I know I have many Army Wife 101 readers whose spouses are making the transition to civilian life and this could be an amazing opportunity to make that adjustment. I encourage you to share with your fellow veteran friends for what could certainly be an entrepreneurial dream.

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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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