Path Forward Honors Veterans In The Service Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Path Forward Coalition released the following statement recognizing our nation’s veterans for their service and highlighting the significant role they play in restaurant and retail businesses across the country:

“As we mark Veterans Day, Path Forward is proud to honor our former servicemen and servicewomen and recognize the invaluable contributions that they make to our communities,” said Path Forward spokesperson Jamie Rhoades. “Veterans make the service sector stronger because they bring leadership, work ethic, and in-demand skills cultivated during their military careers to the job every day. Management, logistics, marketing, information technology, and financial analysis are just a few of the existing skills that veterans can build upon in restaurant and retail businesses to learn, grow and succeed as they enter the workforce after returning home.”

Retailers and restaurants across the country, as well as the National Retail Federation (NRF) and National Restaurant Association (NRA), are committed to supporting veterans as leaders in the workforce through ongoing programs that foster employee growth and development. In fact, a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey reports that retail is one of the top four industries to employ veterans. According to National Restaurant Association research, approximately 250,000 veterans work in the restaurant industry, with 19 percent in management positions and 14 percent working as supervisors. Additionally, U.S. Census data shows that veterans are majority owners of nearly 34,000 restaurant businesses.


Path Forward is a project of the National Retail Federation and the National Restaurant Association that serves as a voice for hundreds of thousands of job-creating businesses across the country that are invested in providing workers a path forward to new opportunities. For more information about Path Forward, visit and follow us on Twitter @PathFwdWork.