A Vacation for a Veteran

James Taylor and NYST Marine Corps

Military veterans are the backbone of our country and we are so appreciative of their service to make the U.S. truly the land of opportunity. As a franchise opportunity for veterans, we are committed to supporting military veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce, but we also demonstrate our appreciation for military veterans in other ways. We believe the holiday season is the perfect time to show our appreciation in another way by rewarding a veteran with a dream vacation.

For the second year in a row, we partnered with the New York State Troopers Marine Corps Association (NYSTMCA) to give the gift of a dream vacation to a deserving military veteran. This year, former Marine James Taylor of Bronx, N.Y., received a 7-night Carnival Cruise and an additional check for $500 from the NYSTMCA. His mother will be joining him on this much-deserved vacation.   

When asked about his thoughts on winning, he said, “This vacation is a blessing for me and my family. We have all been working full-time jobs and attending college courses full time for the last two years. It is truly heart-warming to find an organization that has veterans in mind and recognizes our service. While I am sure that there are others more deserving of such a gift, I will make it my personal mission to continuing my service and advocacy of the veteran community in the hope of one day being able to pay such a gift forward. Your company has my deepest gratitude for your service to the veterans of our great country.”

Taylor served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2008 to 2012 and his commitment, dedication to excellence and consummate professionalism epitomize the values of the Marine Corps. Taylor’s organic approach motivate others with passion and empathy make him an exceptional leader. His dedication and unrelenting drive for excellence have garnered the respect of the Veteran community and student body. His decorations include Combat Action Ribbon, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2nd award), NATO Medal and Letter of Recommendation.

Dream Vacations proudly supports military veterans and is consistently recognized by leading industry publications as a veteran-friendly franchise with more than 30 percent of its owners being military veterans or active-duty spouses. As a member of the International Franchise Association’s VetFran initiative, Dream Vacations is the only travel franchise to receive a five-star ranking and is ranked the number one franchise for veterans by Entrepreneur, Forbes and Military Times.

For more information about the New York State Troopers Marine Corps Association, visit www.nyst-marine.org/. To book a dream vacation, visit www.DreamVacations.com and for information on becoming a small business owner with the number one franchise for veterans, visit www.DreamVacationsFranchise.com or call 888-249-8235.