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Military -- between the ages eighteen to 24 facing a brand new battle here on the home front.
The unemployment rate twenty point 4% in 2012.
And according to the Government Accountability Office even more veterans are about to enter the workforce -- here to help improve the statistics edible arrangements it's launching an initiative to help put our nation's heroes.
Back to work.
Tarek -- is the president CEO of edible arrangements and -- -- Is an army veteran and franchise owner so good to see both of you thank you thank you very -- here I'll start with you tell me about edible arrangements how you started this company.
And tell me about what heroes heroes welcome -- us.
I didn't I got my start in the floral industry and in 1999 we started edible arrangements out of east haven Connecticut on us with a lot of 600 script -- store.
And we've been very very lucky and very blessed to have close to 11100 stores and in that short period.
And of course when you have that success and and you continue to enjoy the success.
You have to find ways to get back and there's no one more important to get back to that our veterans -- -- such as Marie's hair.
And and we -- and we found lot of success in those years with the veterans at that have come in and open businesses have just been phenomenal.
And then you know how do you give back and also you take benefit from the end of the some of the most amazing people.
So we started program -- he hero's welcome.
Where there's a discount available for the -- -- but the better thing is that a lot of our franchisees who have already been in the veterans who have had been a veteran.
Will do mentor and and help and and -- lot of and the new veterans who are coming in so it's our way of giving back and we're very proud to be to.
And you very Smart pitcher not only giving back at your hiring veterans who are so disciplined offense and our wonderful individuals who have sacrificed so much for our country who better to work for your work with you -- -- to -- to have you meet and tell us your story.
What must've for a simple -- meet -- until we got an office though the location.
-- councils and at Thomas and Wallace.
And key moment.
Pins are relevant actors and necessity to have his army -- came on TARP was -- -- Cameron.
And they were talking with the product and also -- butter products in the -- counts which is I want to get on to them is that okay.
Talk about it to America that's often it was a great thing my -- background food in the military.
And I say you know what I can -- And I want to start you got to school every day become dedicated and you know you -- such wonderful people.
And to build an entire -- that we did that -- and I -- -- and I was like -- you know -- everything -- -- was -- -- TV.
So you you go through the process is -- store open and you go from there.
-- -- 81 of the greatest gifts I thought was to -- program.
There's lots of you don't have the money to just start up and say hey you know what I -- -- -- to sort of meta program get the opportunity to get in.
In the beginning at a lower rate.
Because of the discounts have been yelled -- to -- into the system young people can.
You've been started and -- -- Indonesia disciplines from the military which match in the background was was cooking.
So I did nothing more than take what I already knew in the military.
Into a new arena fruit.
It's the same concept is cause food food -- from cold enough food -- it's just been a wonderful round tussle.
-- how many franchises.
Do you live for franchises with the expansion -- in his way that infection could take American story I'm still proud of you -- it's been wonderful would it's not all of this happened he's there and none of this could have happened without you 11100 stores you're doing this for veterans -- -- all over the country and I thank you personally I -- he thanks you.
And on a look forward to following you throughout the years it's a pleasure we couldn't actually do without -- is all right so great god bless that the --
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