Dandy Mini Marts Aims to Help Veterans Tap Into Benefits

Mobile Veterans Resource Center will stop at multiple Dandy stores in Pennsylvania.

March 24, 2022

Dandy Mobile Veterans Resource Center Truck

SAYRE, Pa.—Convenience retailer Dandy Mini Marts is partnering with the Bradford County, Pennsylvania, Veteran’s Affairs department to raise awareness for the county’s Mobile Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) vehicle.

The MVRC will be stationed at multiple Dandy stores, allowing local veterans to learn about the services the veteran’s administration has to offer, while also providing the opportunity to directly apply for benefits and compensations on site. The MVRC allows the county veteran’s affairs office to travel to locations closer to where veterans live, work and shop.

“When we completed the van in 2020, we were hindered with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pete Miller, Bradford County veteran’s affairs director. “Now that the restrictions are eased, we want to take the office on the road. Many veterans are unaware of their benefits, and I hope that teaming up with Dandy will bring the needed awareness to our veteran population,” Miller said.

“Pete reached out to us here at Dandy, and we couldn’t be happier with the partnership. We proudly support our veteran employees and customers, so taking the opportunity to use Dandy’s presence in Bradford County to help more veterans acquire services and benefits is important to us,” said Bill Bustin, Dandy’s marketing director.

Last month, Dandy announced its 2021 Dandy Canes community fundraising campaign raised $90,303 across the chain’s 67 locations, which is a record for the c-store. The 2021 campaign was the 17th annual Dandy Canes fundraiser, which raises funds for more than 100 local organizations during the holiday season.

Dandy is one of many convenience retailers who value hiring military veterans. Find four best practices to recruit veterans as c-store employees in “Military Ready” in the March issue of NACS Magazine.