Written by: Jenny Hale
In 2014, Military Times released their Best for Vets: Employers 2014 list naming 59 veteran-friendly companies. USAA topped the list with over 3,000 military employees, followed by Verizon Communications, Inc. with over 11,000 military employees and CACI International, Inc. has over 2,000.
In 2011, 100,000 Jobs Mission began to help hire 100,000 veterans at 11 companies in the United States by 2020. Since that date, more than 180 companies have joined and the 100,000 veteran jobs goal was surpassed—by a lot! Currently, the organization has helped hire over 190,046 veterans. Their new goal is to hire 200,000 by 2020.
For veterans who would like to connect with employers, there are several organizations that work to help veterans find work after they have left the military.
Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. They currently find jobs for more than 21 veterans weekly.
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. 25,000 veterans have found jobs through the program, with over 1,700 businesses partnering with the mission to hire more.
Hire America’s Heroes connects America’s major corporations with the rich skills and abilities of military service members and their families for the purpose of employment in the corporate workforce. Veterans of all eras, transitioning service members, spouses, Wounded Warrior caregivers, and members of Blue Star and Gold Star families are all welcome. We promote best practices and success strategies in military-to-corporate transitions, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and retention.
As always, working with your military base’s transition service team is also helpful in gaining knowledge on future career opportunities. TAP programs can direct you to programs that allow a transitioning servicemember to gain the skills needed for civilian jobs, as well as help you network to find an industry that you are interested in.
Jenny Hale is currently a Public Relations graduate student at the Newhouse School of Public Communications. Hale is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with degrees in Marketing and Supply Chain Management. Her minor is in Native American Studies. Hale has spent time volunteering at the VA Hospital and is an active military and veteran supporter. She is currently a public relations and marketing intern at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families.