In the March/April 2014 issue of the Profiles in Diversity Journal, 25 companies were recognized for their commitment to veterans and their careers. Each company profiled had practices or programs which were highlighted for their impact on veterans. Working in the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, we’re proud to partner with many of these companies, and to collaborate with others. The sharing of information in the veteran career space is a singular success story in corporate America – first in the recognition of the contributions veterans make to American competitiveness, and second in the willingness to share what works, how, and why, in order to make sure that veterans (and their families) returning to the civilian world have career opportunities.
The 25 companies recognized were 3M, Accenture, Amazon, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI, Capital One, Charles Schwab, Coca-Cola Company, Deloitte, Edward Jones, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Starbucks, Toyota, Union Pacific, United Health Group, USAA, Verizon, Walgreens, Walmart, Walt Disney Company.
Of those, IVMF works very closely with Accenture, BNY Mellon, Deloitte, JP Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, USAA, and Walmart. Additionally, we have engaged with Amazon, Bank of America, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrup Grumman, Starbucks, Verizon, Walgreens, and Walt Disney in various venues, either in their programs or ours, inviting their experts into our forums, or sharing our expertise with their teams. Most of the others are partners with our colleagues in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes, or Get Skills to Work and have been featured as case studies or contributed practices to Veteran Employment Leading Practices: Tools for Engaging Talent.
Each of these companies brings an array of talent and knowledge to the veteran career space, and every one of the leaders, from CEOs and executives to front line recruiters, hiring managers, and HR professionals, has shared with us and others their passion for engaging veterans in their businesses. Each has inspirational stories about how they have reached veterans in transition, those planning for their future, and those who have transitioned from service without knowing what was next. Many of them share their successes on corporate web sites, featuring the stories of veterans who have come to work for them, and providing insights into the opportunities in their businesses for veterans taking next steps. Some of them have shared the perspectives of veteran employees, executives and HR leaders on our VetNet platform in the Career Connections Track (and we invite those who haven’t to reach out to us – we want to help transmit your message to veterans and their families!).
Though our engagement has been less direct with some of these companies, we’ve seen the things they do with veterans, and they are all deserving of recognition for their work. We invite all of them to participate with us in our VetNet program and present to veterans on their career opportunities, or in our Veteran Employment Leading Practices: Tools for Engaging Talent website to share their practices and policies.
Over the next few days, watch our social media platforms for highlights from our work with each of our recognized partners and those we engage with regularly. Check out the Profiles in Diversity Journal article. And be sure to take a look at each of the company’s websites on their veteran initiatives. They’ve done amazing work, and those who serve veterans should share their stories with veterans who are thinking about their next career steps.