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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A local veteran has found success after service. He's opened his own business after two decades in the Navy and today, he's still expanding.

"We deliver here in Jacksonville and Northeast Florida and we take pride in what we do," said Cary Stroud of First Class Carriers.

Stroudserved 20 years in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Jacksonville for seven years so when he retired in 2001 he chose to continue his success on the First Coast.

"It's a place where I've seen growth and opportunity," said Stroud.

Many service men and women struggle to find those new opportunities after retirement, but just like Stroud navigated ships in the Navy, he navigated towards small business.

"Once I retired I ventured out on my own and got my own business, my own contract; I just started old school way, knocking on doors, read the paper on Sundays," said Stroud.

Stroud created First Class Carriers andbecame an independent contractor delivering packages for Fed Ex Ground. Now he haseight trucks andeight employees and is looking to expand from his rented office suite to his own warehouse.

"What I'm doing also you can pass down to generations, you build it big enough where my grandson or my daughter;it can be for years to come," said Stroud.

Stroud surrounds himself with the values his military career has instilled in him and even though he doesn't have any veterans working for him right now, he keeps his doors open to those who have served.

His advice for other veterans:

"You know what you want and where you want to go so maintain that, as we say in the military 'maintain course and speed', in the Navy, so I would say maintain that and it will come," said Stroud.

If you are a veteran looking for work, click here.

Businesses can also register to recruit veterans through the City of Jacksonville.

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