KILLEEN - A new local franchise is making its mission to hire veterans who are struggling to find jobs.
On Monday, a Killeen franchise of JDog Junk Removal & Hauling officially opened for business. Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting for the business at a local restaurant Thursday afternoon.
The company, which helps customers get rid of clutter, is actively focused on providing jobs to those who served in the military.
Roughly 4.5 percent of male veterans were unemployed in 2015, compared with 5.4 percent of female veterans, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. JDog Franchise Owner Jayd Bosiacki, a disabled veteran himself, wants to give opportunities to those veterans.
"We want to continue to grow and provide jobs to the veterans who are here," Bosiacki, a retired Army Ranger said.
Bosiacki said his franchise, which he spent three months preparing to open, will also focus on green initiatives and offer recycling solutions for local companies.
On Friday, Bosiacki invited Channel Six to a Killeen storage facility to watch his team work. So far, he only has two employees. But, he plans to grow his business and eventually expand to Waco. Bosiacki said he has poured his entire life savings into the pro-veteran business and said failure is not an option.
"The advantage to using our service is not only do we conduct ourselves much like we did in the military with honesty, integrity and respect," Bosiacki said. "But, when you're using our service, you're also helping a local small business and you're helping a veteran."
JDog has locations throughout the continental United States, including a handful of franchises in Austin and Dallas.
To contact the Killeen franchise, hire Bosiacki's team or ask about employment opportunities, click here.
(© 2016 KCEN)