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Memorial Day: Honoring ALL of Our Heroes

May 27, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

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One of the biggest hardships veterans face is the inability to land jobs and provide for their families.

 

The end of May is an important time for Americans. It’s a time meant for us to remember the countless brave soldiers who served our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. It’s Memorial Day, a time for us to give tribute to our fallen heroes.

 

Memorial Day is also a fitting opportunity to honor a few other groups of American heroes. Above all, of course, our veterans who, though not fallen may be wounded or forgotten. Next, the spouses, parents, and children who supported them as they fought for our country. Finally, it’s befitting to recognize individuals and organizations that have stood up to help our heroes and, in doing so, have become heroes themselves.

 

 

On Civilian Ground

One of the biggest misfortunes veterans face (especially those who’ve been wounded), is the inability to land jobs and provide for their families. Skills learned during combat often don’t prepare them for our genteel workforce. Also, the education they received during their service may not match up to the on-the-job experience of their civilian counterparts. As a result, they go from active and productive to unemployed and depressed.

 

Thankfully, this hardship is starting to be addressed, mostly by other veterans who successfully transitioned  from soldiers to civilians. For example, HicksPro, a DVBE and SDVOSB private staffing and career consulting firm, actively works to connect fellow veterans with hiring companies. A goal of HicksPro is to help employers see how veterans’ military training makes them more valuable in the workplace.

 

To help soldiers prepare for civilian life, the US Department of Veterans Affairs created an online Veterans Employment Toolkit. This kit offers advice on issues from psychological disorders, communication skills, and lists numerous career resources.

 

 

A Hero To the Heroes

It’s not only government and fellow soldiers who are reaching out to these forgotten or wounded warriors. Other heroes, wearing suits instead of fatigues, have made it a point to address the needs of American soldiers unable to find jobs or too disabled to leave their homes. These heroes are businesses who see the value and potential of these veterans and are actively working to lift them up economically.

 

Though these companies would never call themselves heroes, they have already rescued thousands of veterans who were sinking into depression and poverty because they couldn’t find work. These “white collar heroes” have developed programs for veterans specifically to hire them or make them hire-able. And, they have established telework programs so that disabled veterans have the same opportunities as everyone else.

 

For those reasons, Telework Recruiting highlights these hero companies that not only address many needs of military veterans and their spouses, but offer flexible and remote work opportunities.

 

It is my hope that before America’s thoughts drift away from our fallen, news of these companies will reach a veteran in need. It may give them the chance to enjoy the freedoms they fought so hard to preserve for us.

 

 

Accenture

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Accenture has made a commitment to hire 5,000 veterans and military spouses by 2020. To help military personnel successfully transition back into civilian life, they provide skills translation, mentoring and training programs to ensure a successful career with them.

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ADP

Industry: Human Resources

ADP offers career opportunities for military veterans and their spouses. They receive numerous discounts and benefits that start from their first day of employment.

 

Alorica

Industry: Outsourcing, Customer Service Solutions

Prior to joining Alorica, EGS Corp has hired more than 2,500 veterans and military spouses. Since joining Alorica, the duty to support veterans and their families through employment opportunities remains an important mission, through their AloriCares initiative.

 

Amazon.com

Industry: Retail

Amazon employs numerous veterans, and offers many benefits to all military branches, including those in the reserve, and spouses.

 

Anthem

Industry: Healthcare/Insurance

They a part of a larger group of 200 other companies making up the Veterans Jobs Mission. Their aim is to collectively hire one million veterans and veteran spouses within the next several years.

 

Blue Star Families

Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management

Founded by military spouses, Blue Star Families provides free resources, services, and opportunities to more than 1.5 million military family members, military veterans, and active duty military personnel around the world. They also offer discounts on products and services to assist military families as they move from place to place.

 

Cisco

Industry: Computer Networking

The Cisco Veterans Program invests millions of dollars in programs that train and hire veterans. Cisco specifically reaches out to hire veterans as well. Cisco is a founding member of Veteran Jobs Mission, and, through its investment in Futures, Inc. it hires and trains even more veterans.

 

Convergys

Industry: Outsourcing, Contact Centers

Convergys has hired over 5,400 veterans and military spouses in the last two years, with nearly half of these hires being military spouses. They offer a “portable job opportunity for spouses with our Work At Home Agent Program.”

 

CVS Health

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

CVS Health is part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative to hire more veterans and military spouses. CVS Health has “committed to hire veterans and military spouses for 25 percent of our new hires in logistics and distribution centers, which equates to roughly 1,000 jobs.”

 

Express Scripts

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

Express Scripts actively hires Veterans–including those with service-connected disabilities, transitioning active-duty service members, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses. With their military skills translator, candidates enter their occupation code, military title or civilian title to see jobs that could be a fit for them.

 

Frontier

Industry: Telecommunications

Frontier is committed to expanding its hiring program to include spouses and partners of those on active military duty and National Guard/Reserves.

 

Humana

Industry: Healthcare, Insurance

Human hires veterans and military spouses. They are part of the White House’s Veteran’s Hiring Initiative.

 

Insignia Technology Services

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Insignia is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that supports prior military service men and women from all branches of the service and Disabled Veterans.

 

Leidos

Industry: Information Technology and Services

Leidos is a national security, health, and infrastructure company that created their Operation MVP as a company-wide initiative to hire, train and support returning veterans. They are also members of numerous organizations that support, train, and hire veterans and their spouses.

 

McKesson

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

McKesson is the largest vendor for the Department of Veterans Affairs (DoVA) and a supplier for the Department of Defense’s TriCare Mail Order Pharmacy program. They also choose veteran-owned business suppliers to encourage more veteran success. McKesson has a nationwide employee resource group dedicated to veterans which provides networking and mentoring support to McKesson’s employee veterans across the company. Nearly 10% of McKesson’s employees having served our country.

 

Merck

Industry: Pharmaceuticals

In 2010, Merck received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. They offer numerous resources, such as their Veterans Roundtable, an employee network designed to help you adjust to corporate life, make your transition smooth and your work-life rewarding.

 

SAIC

Industry: Information Technology and Services

SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. They currently employ over 4,000 former military professionals. They rank number one as Forbes Top Employer for Veterans in 2016, and Forbe’s Top Companies for Work/Life Balance in 2015.

 

United Health

Industry: Hospital & Health Care

United Health has numerous alliances with organizations that support veterans and their spouses, particularly with employment. They are also strategically partnered with Paralyzed Veterans of America to help veterans transition to civilian life and find jobs.

 

VetsEZ

Industry: Information Technology and Services

VetsEZ (Veterans EZ Info, Inc.), is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and a leading provider of information technology services to commercial and government markets. As Subject Matter Experts they offer leadership and innovative approaches to VA executive management shaping the future direction of VA Health and Benefits System Architecture.

 

Xerox

Industry: Information Technology and Services

In 2015, Xerox hired more than 1,700 veterans in various positions throughout the United States. They hire also hire military spouses, and have dedicated Heroes@Home program, where they hire qualified veterans and military spouses for at-home employment opportunities. Aside from career programs, Xerox has a military appreciation initiative program that involves semi-annual care packages to their employees on military leave, scholarships for former military servicemen and women, a pen pal program, and more.

 

 

More Heroes Wanted

There are many, many more white collar heroes out there not mentioned in this article. This is but a small representative of companies already assisting our veterans.

 

Perhaps, rather than say “assisting” I should say “investing in”; as veterans have valuable skills that any business would want to capitalize on. To further encourage businesses to hire veterans, recent White House policy allows them tax credits for hiring these valuable hopefuls. (See also: Maximizing the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.)

 

Are you a business owner who wants loyal, resourceful, driven, organized, technically skilled employees to help you grow your bottom line? Then look no further than our veterans! Are you interested in saving money by letting employees work from home? Then reach out to our wounded soldiers who are qualified and ready to help.

 

Time to Enlist

Join the ranks of these heroes. Help make it possible for our veterans to transition back into civilian life by offering them jobs and training. Build a bridge of opportunity for disabled veterans by creating remote workplace policies.

 

As you remember our Fallen this Memorial Day, do not forget our heroes who are still here and yet to come.

 

 

Your turn: Are you a company part of an initiative to hire veterans and also offering work from home opportunities? Please tell us about it below.

 

 

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Pamela La Gioia has been researching and writing about teleworking issues since the early 1990's. She is CEO/Founder of Telework Recruiting, the leading provider of technical and professional telecommuting career opportunities.

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  1. Victoria says:

    Thanks for writing a post geared towards helping vets find work.

    I’m a vet and am currently looking for remote work and it’s difficult out there – I’ve been pigeonholed into a decent enough career but it’s hard to branch out when you’ve been doing the same thing since your 18th birthday.

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