USAA, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes® program, presented Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. with its inaugural USAA VETS award for military hiring practices, according to a press release. Paul Davis Restoration accepted the award at the recent 2014 Contractor Connection Conference in New Orleans.

Paul Davis was recognized for creating franchise ownership opportunities for veterans and also providing veterans with job opportunities at numerous franchise locations. Donations of time, expertise, labor and supplies to help military families in need were also factors in its recognition.

“Paul Davis believes that helping our franchise owners succeed should involve those who have served in the military,” said Tracy Bachtell, senior vice president, business development, Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. “We are honored to accept USAA’s recognition and we share their focus on supporting our military while providing exceptional customer service.”

Franchisees have used Hiring Our Heroes and its website,, to find open positions and have placed more than 50 veterans among the company’s 370 franchise offices. Paul Davis also launched a Transition Assistance Program to help recently separated or retired military members transition to the civilian workforce. For veterans interested in owning their own business, Paul Davis offers a $5,000 discount on the initial franchise fee to qualified military veterans.

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