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New Pillar to Post Owner Has Sept. 11 Story


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U.S. Army veteran Matt Robertie is a new Pillar to Post franchisee in Pennsylvania.

This Monday, September 11, was a special day for Matt Robertie of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He became a new franchisee for home inspection franchise Pillar to Post, 16 years to the day after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Robertie entered the U.S. Army right out of high school, and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, on 9/11/2001. He was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and spent nine months there as a gunner on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Pillar to Post is recognized with five-star VetFran status (the highest level) from the International Franchise Association, and is one of 100 franchisors of the 600 who participate in the program to be so awarded. Pillar to Post offers a 20 percent discount on its initial fee to military veterans and in 2016 veterans made up 20 percent of franchisees.

“I’m excited to go down this road with Pillar to Post, and their VetFran program made it really easy to make the decision,” Robertie said in a statement. We’ll add our own salute to Robertie for his service and wish him success in his new venture.

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