SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego-based company that franchises UPS stores announced Thursday that it will award 10 franchises next year to qualified veterans and waive the franchise fee of nearly $30,000.
The announcement was part of a national initiative announced by First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C.
The goal of "Operation Enduring Opportunity," an initiative launched by the White House, the International Franchise Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and franchise companies, is to recruit as many as 75,000 military veterans and their family members by the end of 2014.
Beginning Jan. 1, honorably discharged veterans who meet certain financial qualifications can apply for new UPS Store franchises, said Becca Andrews Hogan of Mail Boxes Etc., a subsidiary of UPS. The sign-up period will last for up to six months, and qualifying veterans will be awarded franchises on a first-come, first-served basis, she said.
She said the program is an extension of incentives already provided to veterans, 150 of whom have received discounts of between $4,500 and $10,000 off the franchise fee - totaling about $700,000.
It's unknown whether any of the new stores to be opened under the program will be located in San Diego, but it's possible given the concentration of veterans in San Diego County, Andrews Hogan said.
Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
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A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.