The largest Veteran-centric franchise trade show, The Great American Franchise Expo, is on at the Dulles Expo Center this weekend, September 17-18th. Veterans are always granted free admission. Veterans own 1 out of every 7 franchises in the U.S., according to a study conducted by the International Franchise Association (IFA), despite making up about 7 percent of the civilian adult population. It is a fact that those who serve in the military exemplify the best of America. The men and women who serve our country give selflessly of themselves so that we can live the American dream. From that group of heroes rise a very special group of men and women who have earned the right to lead those who defend our freedoms.

General Tony Tata, is a 1981 West Point graduate who completed graduate studies in international relations from The Catholic University of America and the School of Advanced Military Studies. He also served as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. He is passionate about the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the United States and what their transition plans are after they leave the service. He has become a significant proponent of franchising as a career for military veterans.