As one of many Veterans in the Papa John’s family, I am proud to tell my story as we look forward to honoring Veterans on November 11.

Joel and his wife, Nicole, attending the Marine Corps Ball in 2017

Since serving in the armed forces, it has been an important quest of mine to continue serving my country by helping my local community. Papa John’s supports that effort and it’s one of the main reasons I enjoy coming to work every day.

After serving in the Marine Corps from 1998 to 2004, I was fortunate to be involved with a company that allowed me to stay in the Veteran community while taking advantage of the creative outlets I had before joining the military. It began with starting a business building military shadow boxes, which lead to working with several local Veteran organizations, such as Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Wounded Warrior Project.

I have been with Papa John’s for almost 20 years, starting in my early years and working my way up through the organization from a part-time delivery driver during my service time, to becoming the franchise business director I am today. Papa John’s has been wonderful in encouraging me to stay connected with my military companions by allowing me to organize promotions for the Wounded Warrior Project, USO and other Veteran groups. 

This Veterans Day, Papa John’s will be running a promotion that will involve 200 stores in the western region. We will have a specific code that will be valid all year round, but the main goal is to build relationships between Veteran organizations and the brand. Many franchisees have their own partnerships, but we want to build on them so we can educate more people about the importance of this day and the sacrifices made by those in the military.

Continuing to build relationships with Papa John’s franchisees and Veteran organizations is a goal of mine as it will help raise awareness of Veteran issues that need attention. It is important that Veterans have access to the care and resources they need, and I’m pleased to get to use my position at Papa John’s to support those initiatives.