I begin today's blog on a sadder note. We often profile the efforts of military veterans to get back into the civilian world via the lens of franchising. The battlefield changes people irrevocably though, as new stats point out.
New data shows that for every 1 soldier that dies in combat, 25 will take their own lives. That is a staggering figure.
"With regards to education, engagement, intervention - when a service member is feeling down or even possibly falling down, [leaders] need to engage, and they are," Bryan Battaglia, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the report.
The news comes around the same of much more positive news about veterans. The Joining Forces initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, has revealed that it has employed it's 50,000th employee since its launch only a few months ago. This is a brilliant figure. The IFA is a major partner in Joining Forces, so we can be sure that a healthy chunk of these employees are heading into franchising.
There is no sugar-coating the problems that many ex-soldiers experience when leaving the military, but business ownership not offers career opportunities, it can provide a sense of social cohesion and purpose. Joining Forces is an initiative that is making a difference and we hope it continues to enjoy success.