For immediate release
November 7, 2016
Press contact: Warren Weitzman Warrenw@thevaway.us 410-961-6204
Pikesville, MD – On Tuesday, November 11, 2016, VA Way founders, John Way and Gary Canteen will be hosting a celebration to honor their fellow veterans from 9am – 6pm at the Pikesville Jiffy Lube at 513 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD 21208.
The celebration will include Old Bay hotdogs, snacks and coffee all complimentary, raffles, special giveaways, and the 100th veteran to arrive will receive a very special gift basket. Active duty and former military customers will receive a 25% discount on any services (non-military customers will also receive discounts as well).
Pikesville Jiffy Lube is owned and operated by seven-year Army Veteran, John Way, whose store is 85% veteran employed.
John Way, and his co-founder, Gary Canteen, a 20-year plus Army Veteran, founded the VA Way in May 2013. For more than three years, this veteran supporting organization has been working to bridge the gap between veterans and employers. Through the VA Way, and his participation in Maryland’s Operation Hire, John has helped nearly 60 veterans find jobs, and of the 17 veterans who came to him homeless, 12 now have homes and ongoing employment.
In 2014 Pikesville Jiffy Lube was cited by Maryland Governor O’Malley as the only business, out of 186 Operation Hire participants, to achieve 50% veteran employment. In addition, John’s Jiffy Lube was awarded for outstanding service by Baltimore Project PLASE.
John and Gary’s hard work, commitment, drive and passion for the VA Way has earned them numerous awards including the 2015 Department of Veterans Affairs Citation for helping veterans who are exiting homelessness and the 2015 Partner of the Year award by Project PLASE for outstanding and dedicated service to homeless veterans. And they have maintained
85% veteran staffed from January 2015 till present.
John’s mission is simple, “Our veterans deserve our support. And I’m working to raise awareness while providing resources and services to help veterans find purposeful employment and permanent housing.”
The Pikesville Jiffy Lube at 513 Reisterstown Rd., Pikesville, MD was also the recent site of a veteran meet and greet with Navy Veteran and Republican candidate for Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, Mark Plaster