A huge part of transitioning back into civilian life is finding employment. The country’s economy is thriving right now, making searching for and finding jobs easier for many Americans. However, veterans are a unique portion of the work force.

Many leave the military with extensive and specialized training. Some find it difficult to translate these skills into civilian careers, but perhaps that’s why so many veterans have chosen to go into business for themselves.

Veterans make incredible entrepreneurs. They embody all the qualities a good business-owner needs – leadership, tenacity, dedication and endurance. While their training was focused on the battle field and military support, it translates perfectly to life outside the uniform.

It seems many veterans have figured out they have what it takes to run their own businesses. According to the Small Business Administration, more than 2.5 million businesses in the United States are majority-owned by veterans. Those businesses generate $1.14 trillion in annual revenue and employ more than five million people.

Even after taking off the uniform, veterans prove they’re forces to be reckoned with in their communities. “Vetrepreneurs” are creating jobs and filling market gaps while drawing attention to the positive impact veterans can have in any industry.

On this Labor Day we want to thank all those veterans who continue serving their country by building our communities and scoring wins in the economy!