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The only program of its kind in the country, Operation Rising Star was created for veterans who are in transition. Leveraging a unique and proven taxi business model, the program provides military personnel and their families – especially those returning from deployment – with a variety of opportunities for success and personal growth.

★ Business Owner:

Become the owner/operator of your own Veterans’ Taxi Fleet, leasing state-of-the-art, universal-accessible MV-1 taxis (with the option to purchase) fueled by cost-saving compressed natural gas (CNG). You’ll receive extensive training in every aspect of launching, financing, and managing your operation. Ongoing training and mentoring will also be available to ensure your continued success.

★ Driver, Mechanic, Dispatcher:
If you envision more traditional employment, direct hire positions are also available with Veterans’ Taxi, along with the same level of expert training and continuous support. Whatever path you choose, you’ll work with a veteran-owned company, with cabs that are owned, driven, dispatched, and serviced by veterans. Is it the future you’re seeking?  The door has opened.

A turnkey program that covers all the bases.
All strategic components of Operation Rising Star are in place and ready to serve you:

★ Training: The initial Boot Camp encompasses all elements of taxi operation, from business set-up, financials and hiring, to wheelchair securement, understanding CNG, and how to grow revenue. Direct hires also receive intensive training in their specialty. Upon completion and licensing, you’re ready to work supported by ongoing mentoring.

★ Funding: To help bring your business to life, we have formed strong alliances with relevant funding resources, including the Veterans Association, GI Bill, and Small Business Administration. We can serve as your liaison, helping you every step of the way.

★ Vehicle-Support Partners: To ensure that all MV-1s are equipped with the highest quality products, Veterans’ Taxi co-ops with the industry’s leading companies, including Firestone/Bridgestone for tires, Centrodyne for meters, NAPA for parts, and many more. A mission to maximize your potential. What sets Operation Rising Star apart is an array of unique program advantages, all designed to drive your success.

★ Game-changing MV-1 taxis: Featuring best-in-class spaciousness and comfort, the American-made MV-1 from Mobility Ventures is the world’s first vehicle built from the ground up for universal access – with a factory-installed CNG fuel system for lower fuel costs, less foreign dependence, and environmental benefits.

★ Business-building reservation system: Unlike most taxi companies that focus on individuals, VETaxi also targets the lucrative corporate market by offering a car-service reservation model that delivers more competitive pricing.

★ State-of-the-art technology: From a veteran-run centralized call/dispatch center that will handle markets nationwide, to using advanced GPS taxi-tracking software, VETaxi will be on the cutting edge of industry practices. Our VETaxi app can be found on google play on Itunes. You can order on line and see your taxi coming to you in real time.

★ Professional service centers: Wherever there are VETaxi's  in operation, there will be veteran-operated service center to repair and maintain the vehicles – keeping your vehicles on the road working for you.

★ Veterans supporting veterans: You can count on your colleagues to share the same disciplined work ethic and service orientation, enhancing everyone’s ability to succeed. Drivers wear special uniforms reflecting their branch of service to highlight our point-of-difference in the marketplace.

Find out what the future could hold for you with Operation Rising Star and VETaxi


Program Creator, Robert DeLucia Sr., a Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Army as an MP.  Robert has a long and successful track record in the transportation service industry. Starting his first business over 30 years ago in the Pittsburgh area and currently he owns five companies – including VETaxi.

VETaxi – which provide a range of services, from taxi and limousine, to up- scale White Glove limo services that feature Veteran drivers and owner operators.

Robert dedicates much time and energy to veterans affairs and Operation Rising Star for the past 4 years.  In 2010, he was nominated for “Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA). His accomplishments working with veterans have been highlighted in Vetrepreneur Magazine. “By having a business, I challenge myself on a daily basis and I like to help motivate other Veterans to do their best and have a successful career.”–

Robert DeLucia

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