On June 18th, we brought together representatives of the 2014 winners and honorable mentions of Families and Work Institute’s Veterans Employment Transition (VET) Awards* in a symposium to talk about their best practices for recruiting, training, integrating and developing employees from within the military community.
The 2014 winners of the VET Award are:
- Bon Secours Virginia Health System (Bon Secours) is located in Central and Eastern Virginia, where more than 160,000 people work for the Navy, Armed Services, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, making the region the largest military market in the United States. Bon Secours sees its commitment to supporting military families as part of its mission of being “good help to those in need.” What sets apart the efforts of Bon Secours is its attention to not just veterans, but also to all members of military families.
Read more about Bon Secours’s programs.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMC) is a global bank with headquarters in New York. In 2011, JPMorgan Chase established an Office of Military and Veterans Affairs charged with executing a firm-wide military and veteran strategy that is focused primarily on three main areas: employment, housing and education. The Office is led by a Managing Director who reports to the Chief Operating Officer who reports to Chairman and CEO. What sets apart the efforts of JPMorgan Chase is the breadth and depth of their reach, which extends far beyond internal talent practices to coordinate efforts across a broad set of business and nonprofit stakeholders.
Read more about JPMorgan Chase’s programs.
- USAA’s mission is to help military families meet their financial goals, and its talent strategy around veterans and military spouses reflects this business goal. What sets it apart are its efforts to reach not just veterans, but also military spouses.
Read more about USAA’s programs.
The 2014 Honorable Mention companies are:
- Capital One, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is a diversified bank that operates in the U.S., Canada and the UK. What sets its efforts apart is its multi-channel strategy and the ongoing feedback the bank solicits so that it can continuously improve its programs and practices.
Read more about Capital One’s programs.
- Cornell University is an Ivy League university located in upstate New York. What stands out is Cornell’s ability to leverage existing resources, including its students, and its decision to open an onsite Veterans Affairs (VA) office. Because Tompkins County does not have a county Veteran’s Service Agency, it has also filled a niche within the community.
Read more about Cornell University’s programs.
- The Walt Disney Company (Disney) is a media and entertainment company that operates Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, Disney Interactive, Disney ABC Television Group and ESPN. What sets Disney’s efforts apart is its Heroes Work Here initiative, announced in 2012 by Chairman and CEO Robert Iger at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. This initiative is a comprehensive strategy to recruit, retain, develop and support veteran employees as well as encourage other companies to hire and support veterans.
Read more about Disney’s programs.
- Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment management firm headquartered in New York with offices in all major financial centers around the world. What sets Goldman’s efforts apart is its innovative internship program.
Read more about Goldman Sachs’s programs.
- Verizon Communications is a telecommunications company headquartered in New York. What stands out about its efforts regarding the military community is its use of social media and virtual platforms to recruit and retain veterans.
Read more about Verizon’s programs.
Watch: Video highlights from the VET Award Symposium