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CruiseOne® Vows That 25 Percent of Franchise System Will be Military Veterans and Military Spouses in 2014 Home-based Travel Franchise Renews Commitment to Military Veterans Reprinted
Fort Lauderdale, FL (PRWEB) January 30, 2014
With the New Year comes resolutions and CruiseOne®, the nation’s largest home-based and military-friendly franchise travel agent network as part of World Travel Holdings, has resolved that in 2014 military veterans and active-duty military spouses will make up at least 25 percent of its franchise network by the end of the year, an increase of nearly 10 percent. “At CruiseOne we salute military veterans and their spouses and we acknowledge that military service experience translates well into small business ownership,” said Tim Courtney, vice president of franchise development and ambassador of veteran affairs for CruiseOne. “We find that strong leadership, discipline and trainability are several of the skills military veterans bring to business ownership, and these are also among the reasons they are some of the most successful franchise owners.” CruiseOne offers many military veteran incentive programs. Those who served in the U.S. armed forces receive a 20 percent discount off the franchise fee. To further increase support in this area, in 2014 CruiseOne is launching a new veteran employment program offering discounts for franchise owners who hire former members of the U.S. military or active-duty military spouses as associates. The first associate fee of $495 will be waived; any additional associates hired who are veterans or active-duty military spouses will be offered at half-price, a value of $248. In addition, for the past two years the company has hosted its annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest, which awards five deserving military veterans with a free CruiseOne franchise. Each year, the contest starts on Memorial Day and concludes in the fall, with a special ceremony featuring city and state government officials. “I am so honored to have won a CruiseOne travel franchise and I appreciate the commitment that CruiseOne makes to military veterans,” said Grant Springer, CruiseOne franchise owner, 2013 Operation Vetrepreneur winner and Army veteran. “As I continue to grow my business, I look forward to hiring other former members of the U.S. military as associates so they can experience the beneficial veteran employment opportunities that CruiseOne offers.” A member of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran initiative, CruiseOne proudly supports former members of the U.S. military and is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a military-friendly franchise for its dedication to veteran employment. The company’s accolades include a number one ranking by Forbes in its “Top 10 Military Friendly Franchise” and inclusion on the “Top 100 Vet-Friendly Franchise” lists by Franchise Business Review and 1851, in addition to being named a “Top Franchise for Veterans” by Opportunity World. For the past four years, CruiseOne was named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s Military Friendly Franchises® lists, which represents the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to support former U.S. troops. If you are interested in a travel franchise opportunity and joining CruiseOne, please visit http://www.CruiseOneBiz.com or call 888-249-8235.
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TXT Messages Help Vets Quit with SmokefreeVET If you've ever tried to quit smoking, you know it is one of the hardest goals to accomplish. Studies show that a good support system is one of the keys to quitting. A new mobile text-messaging service from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help by delivering smoking cessation support directly to your mobile phone.
Known as SmokefreeVET, the program sends participating Veterans text messages of encouragement, advice and tips to help you quit and stay quit. You will receive between one and five messages per day for up to eight weeks. And for those times when you need even more support, SmokefreeVET can help. Just text a keyword and the service will send you extra messages on-demand at any time. "Support is incredibly important for anyone trying to quit smoking," said Dana Christofferson, PhD, Presidential Management Fellow, Tobacco & Health: Policy and Programs, Veterans Health Administration. "SmokefreeVET is like the bird on your shoulder saying, 'You can do this. Great job!'" VA developed the SmokefreeVET program in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which offers a similar texting program for quitting smoking. Since launching their program in 2011, NCI has helped more than 14,000 subscribers. With its Veteran-specific messages, SmokefreeVET aims to achieve similar results and reach as many Veterans as NCI's program. VA clinicians reviewed and approved all of the messages for the program. Messages were also reviewed with input from Veterans who have quit or hope to quit smoking.
Support When You Need It Once you sign-up, SmokefreeVET begins sending daily texts in the two weeks leading up to your quit date and for six weeks thereafter. Each message is carefully timed and selected to support your quitting progress. For example: SmokefreeVET: You are getting closer to the big day. It may help to cut back on the number of cigarettes you smoke. Give it a try. SmokefreeVET: Today is your quit day. The big day is here-you can do this! You are stronger than you think so stay positive. Are you ready? Reply: READY or NOT And when you need extra support, text "Urge", "Smoked" or "Stress" to 47848 and SmokefreeVET responds: SmokefreeVET: Don't let one slip be an excuse to give up. Try again. Figure out what triggered your slip and find ways to avoid it next time. "All of the messages are timed according to your quit date," said Christofferson. "There are more messages per day on quit day and during the first one or two weeks because that's when [smokers] need the most support and are likely to relapse." When the six weeks are done, SmokefreeVET follows up with text questions at one, three and six months to assess how you are doing. You can stop the message program at any time by texting "STOP." All the information you provide to SmokefreeVET is confidential. It is not shared with your health care team, nor is it entered into your electronic health record.
Plan your quitting success Different people need different resources to stop smoking. SmokefreeVET gives you another option. My HealtheVet can also help. Use My Goals under "Track Health" to plan your quit strategy and track your progress (registration is required – and it's free). VA also offers other resources to help you quit smoking. You have the best chance at success when you combine SmokefreeVET with smoking cessation medications and behavioral counseling from your health care provider. Talk to your VA health care team and ask about medications that can help curb your smoking urges. It may take several attempts to quit. Keep trying. Your health is worth it.
More smoking cessation resources: Smoking and Tobacco Use Cessation – A step-by-step process for Veterans to use. Stay Quit Coach mobile app – From the VA National Center for PTSD Tobacco and Health resources – A large variety of resources shared by the VA Office of Public Health
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