About the Veterans Employment Transition (VET) Award

Hiring and Supporting Veterans

2014 VET Award #VetHireAward

Why It’s So Crucial to Support Our Vets

There are many employers that go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to recruiting and supporting veterans and their families.

We at Families and Work Institute understand the struggles veterans face when they return home, everything from high unemployment to difficulties adjusting to civilian jobs. That’s why we established the VET Award (Veteran’s Employment Transition) to recognize employers making the extra and innovative efforts to reach out to former service men and woman, and their families.

“There’s a tremendous upside for hiring a vet,” said Admiral Michael Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a Families and Work Institute board member. “From a business case, it’s there. It’s there because of the discipline they have, the life experiences, the cultural exposure, the team mentality, the mission before self, their loyalty to an organization, their adaptability. They care about each other and care about people!”


Admiral (Ret.) Mike Mullen, Former Chairman
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff;
Deborah Mullen, Military Family Advocate;
Claudia Lee Healy, Verizon;
Ellen Galinsky, Families and Work Institute;
Michael J. Carey,
Families and Work Institute Board Chair

Companies honored in 2013 for hiring and supporting veterans

NBC News.com

We know the problem: the jobless rate for military members who have served our country since 9/11 is significantly higher than the general population.

Each year, the Families and Work Institute, a non-profit and non-partisan research organization… full article

Why Apply for the 2015 Award?

Get National Kudos: Past recipients have been featured in the media and are promoted by Families and Work Institute’s marketing and communications team, including press releases for the media, blog posts, multimedia, and major social media campaigns including the Institute’s tens of thousands of followers on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Be Known As Vet Friendly: Families and Work Institute promotes winning companies and honorable mentions as among the best when it comes to supporting veterans and their families; and the Institute shares winner lists with media and military advocates when they’re looking for organizations that focus on helping former service men and women.

Find Out How You Stack Up: An added benefit for applying is you’ll find out what other employers are doing to recruit military and support their families, giving you a valuable benchmark of what you may need to do better.

Receive Top Military Brass Recognition: The award is presented to winners and honorable mentions at a gala event hosted by Families and Work Institute, and board members, including retired Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, who present the award to representatives from employers. (Verizon, one of last year’s winners, receives the award in the photo on the left.)

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