CruiseOne Awards Veterans Cruise Franchises (SLIDESHOW)

CruiseOne reports it has award free travel franchises each valued at $12,700 to five deserving  military veterans, for a total value of $63,500. Thirty percent of CruiseOne’s franchise network are now military veterans or active-duty spouses exceeding the company’s recruitment goal by 5 percent. 

The annual “Operation Vetrepreneur: Become Your Own General” contest was open to former members of any of the five branches of the U.S. military. Candidates participated in a three-part application process which included creating a business plan and phone interviews. Nearly 150 applicants from 30 different states submitted applications.

This year’s winners included Army and National Guard Veteran Tammy Duffield of Shreveport, La.; Navy Veteran Marci DeWitt of Delaware, Ohio; Navy and Air Force Veterans Craig and Ingrid Markham of Silverdale, Wash.; and United States Marine Corps Veteran Conrad Carpenter of Charleston, W.Va. 

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The winners attend a weeklong training at CruiseOne’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

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