Marine Veteran David Flaishans is realizing the American dream of business ownership through JDog®, an American-owned, Veteran-operated junk removal franchise now serving the Forney community.
Following a 22-year military career and more than a decade working for the City of Dallas, David launches JDog Junk Removal Forney to create employment opportunities for Veterans and Veteran family members while providing eco-friendly junk removal services consumers and businesses in the local community.
David’s son Jacob, also a Marine Veteran, joins him as general manager and will run the business’s daily operations. In addition, David’s wife Stefanie, whose father served 26 years in the Navy, will oversee the company’s marketing.
Inspired by JDog’s mission to reduce the Veteran unemployment rate, David aims to hire five Veterans by the end of the year, largely through the Veterans Administration’s (VA) Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program, which has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formal relationship with JDog.
“The JDog business model of Veterans helping Veterans drew me in immediately,” said Flaishans. “I’ve seen Veterans struggle with their transition to civilian life. Often, the hard skills they’ve learned during their years of service just don’t translate to the civilian world, making them feel lost. Because we’re all Veterans or families of Veterans, we recognize and can empathize with what they’re going through. JDog Junk Removal restores the camaraderie and sense of purpose Veterans lost when they left the service, and I and my family seized the opportunity to give back to local Veterans in this way. To top it off, as a former environmental specialist for the City of Dallas, JDog Junk Removal’s eco-friendly approach to junk removal was very appealing. All the stars aligned.”
David joined the Marine Corps right out of high school and was an Airfield Operations Chief for the latter part of his military career. He retired in 2007 as a Master Sergeant (MSgt) after 22 years of service that brought him to California, South Korea, Japan, Kuwait, the Philippines, and Iraq, including two deployments during Operation Iraqi Freedom. After leaving the Marines, David held various positions for the City of Dallas, and is currently a supervisor in code compliance.
Taking after his father, Jacob enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Forney High School. He served four years as an electrician, including a deployment to Kuwait, and recently moved back to Forney to help run their JDog Junk Removal business.
“With a combined 26 years of military experience, David and his son Jacob truly embody the JDog values of respect, integrity, and trust,” said Jerry Flanagan, founder and Chief Executive Officer of JDog. “They may have hung up their boots, but they’re continuing to serve their community and their fellow Veterans each and every day. David and Jacob strive to improve the lives of local residents by helping declutter their homes, and by creating employment opportunities for local Veterans. This is the JDog way.”
American-owned and Veteran-operated, JDog Junk Removal awards franchises exclusively to military Veterans and their family members. To date the company has awarded more than 500 territories and created over 1,000 job opportunities across 130 active locations nationwide.
JDog Junk Removal also cares about the environment and strives to recycle, reprocess, and repurpose the majority of “junk” collected. Partnering with local recyclers, charities, and community groups, JDog Junk Removal keeps 60-80 percent of the items it collects out of landfills.