Which Employers Are the Most Vet Friendly?

Nov 15, 2012

Representatives of Toyota, a proud sponsor of Hiring Our Heroes, with four-star Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos and his wife, Hiring our Heroes' Kevin Schmiegel (right of Amos' wife) and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer (left of Amos) at the 2nd annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Dinner.

Many veterans and military spouses, especially the families of vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, are struggling to find gainful employment. However, some employers have gone above and beyond to honor the sacrifices made by our nation’s military families. Five employers and one individual were honored at the 2nd Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Dinner at the U.S. Chamber on November 14.

Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award—Comcast and NBCUniversal received this award for demonstrated leadership in hiring veterans and military spouses and honoring the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. Other finalists were Goldman Sachs; Sears; United Services Automobile Association (USAA); and Walmart.

Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award—VSE Corporation received this award for demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique challenges and demands for wounded warriors, spouses, and caregivers in their search for meaningful employment. Other finalists were CACI; Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC); Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI); and Southwest Airlines.

Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award—Prudential received this award for demonstrated leadership in enhancing the ability of post-9/11 veterans to find meaningful employment in the private sector. Other finalists were Chesapeake Energy; GE; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and Ryder.

Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award—Booz Allen Hamilton received this award for demonstrated leadership in supporting military spouses in their search for meaningful employment in the private sector. Other finalists were Capital One; Hospital Corporation of America (HCA); Hunt Companies; and The Major Group.

Capital One Award for Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment—The National Military Family Association received this award for demonstrated leadership in hiring veterans and military spouses and honoring the sacrifices they have made in service to our nation. Other finalists were Aaron’s, Inc.; Meineke Car Care Center of Pensacola, Florida; Willbros T&D Services; and Wittenberg Weiner Consulting, LLC.

Non-profits and service agencies working in veteran and military spouse unemployment nominated each finalist, and a peer committee of veterans and military spouses selected the winners.

In addition, Hiring Our Heroes presented Army veteran and GE Program Manager for Veterans’ Initiatives Kris Urbauer with the inaugural Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award. Endres was the Director of the Military Service Initiative at the President George W. Bush Institute. The Chamber created this award in his memory to honor his lifetime leading soldiers and honorable service to his country.

Enjoy this slideshow of the awards dinner.

In this video, representatives from Hiring Our Heroes' partner organizations talk about the value of the program.

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