The Vetraplex, a Cottonwood, Arizona-based contracting company, has a unique motto: “Putting the words ‘thank you for your service’ in action.” The company hires and trains veterans to perform such work as painting, welding, and carpentry. The Vetraplex also offers discounts to veterans and active military personnel for its services.
“When we first started this, the six original veterans hired were unemployed, and half of us had been or were homeless,” James Bruno, an Army veteran and the company’s vice president, told Tamara Sone of The Daily Courant. “The first month that we opened as landscaping, construction and handymen, we got so busy we couldn’t keep up.”
The Vetraplex is now offering to sell franchises so that its model of training and employing veterans can be expanded throughout Arizona.