Pennsylvania veteran turns big trash into big business

Jerry “JDog” Flanagan always wanted to go to college. But, growing up poor outside of Philadelphia with an alcoholic father and a working mother, he knew it wasn’t financially possible.

“I was not a good school student,” Flanagan told Fox News. “I really didn’t have any direction, my work ethic was not that great… I found myself having to go into the military to really set my life straight.” 

He enlisted in the Army for two years and was discharged in 1989. Flanagan tried college thanks to the GI Bill but dropped out when he ran out of money. Jumping job to job, from dishwasher to gas station cashier, Flanagan learned the ropes in retail, eventually opening up his own string of businesses. When the recession hit, Flanagan threw in the towel. Scrambling to start the next chapter, he did some research.

“I was definitely interested in doing something that didn’t require inventory, it did not rely on the economy to be strong. And when I researched junk removal it was a recession-proof business,” says Flanagan.

In 2011, Flanagan and his wife bought a jeep, took to the streets and tried to drum up business for JDog Junk Removal and Hauling. Embracing his military ethos of hard work, respect and integrity, the customers kept calling.

“Our military values show the customers we care about their property and their projects. People want to support the military, it’s an American, veteran-owned concept and the…

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