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For military members who are transitioning to civilian life, a Houston-area company is number one.

Christian Brothers Automotive was recently ranked atop the list of "Best Performing" franchises for veterans, as compiled by USAA Magazine, which caters to members of the military.

Judson Cook is a retired Army colonel who is opening a Christian Brothers franchise outside Tampa, Florida.

"I thought not going out completely on my own," explained Cook, "a franchise that gave me the structure and the methodology would be a good start and a good fit."

Swiveling to civilian life can be tricky. Cook has been in the Army since he was a teenager. It's the only job he's ever known.

"I started at West Point," he said. "I married my bride three days after graduation and we've been together ever since, traveling the world."

Now Jud Cook, his wife Jennifer and their four children are looking to set down roots. Cook likes Christian Brothers' commitment to Christian values. And he didn't want to enter unfamiliar territory – the auto repair business – without a guide.

Jeff Toth agrees. He owns a couple of Christian Brothers franchises, including one in the Woodlands.

"Opening your own shop, you're going to be going out there blind without anybody to help you succeed and help you accomplish your goals," said Toth.

Jud Cook is also getting help from his own "second lieutenant": his wife Jennifer. She put her education on hold while they raised a family but she just earned a Bachelor's degree in May.

"I told her, unlike most of the graduates who think they're going to become a vice president of a company upon graduation, you really are," Cook said.

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