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Announcing The 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military®
by Heidi Lynn Russell, Contributing Editor

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ANNOUNCING THE 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for MilitaryWhen rating the “value” of a civilian employer, veterans agree that it comes down to knowing who has your back at the end of the day.

For some, that means an employer has programs and mentors in place to help them advance their careers and professional development. For others, a valuable employer is one that throws full support their way when they are called to active duty. Some companies make special efforts to roll out targeted programs to recruit veterans as new employees.

The businesses that are recognized today as winners of the 2016 Most Valuable Employers (MVE) for Military presented by DeVry University share these attributes and more.

Take Domino Amjet Inc., where Eduard Mekler, Project Engineer is a team member. The company empowered him to expand his Navy background as an Electronics Technician by offering tuition assistance to further his education in electronic engineering. “It is impossible to walk through Domino’s office without walking past a Soldier, Marine, Sailor or Airman. Much like its slogan, ‘Do More,’ Domino goes out of the way to do more for our veterans,” Mekler says.

At Bank of America, Erika Paulo says the Global Banking & Markets Veteran Associate Program was “fantastic.” It provides selected veterans with job training and experience in the sales, trading, research and banking businesses over a nine-week period.

“The fact that I was in this program with 10 other veterans was invaluable. I never felt alone in the process. Being plugged into a network was key to my success. I found that my strengths - communication, leadership, motivation, organization skills - translated universally,” says Paulo, Vice President, Operational Risk Senior Specialist.

Glenn Donelin is the Worldwide Supply Chain Program Manager at Intel – but also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, serving as a Civil-Military Operations Officer for Pacific Command supporting Disaster Response and Humanitarian Assistance coordination.

Intel colleagues recently backed him in a strong way.

“In late April 2015, when the Nepal earthquake occurred, I was asked to support the Joint Task Force relief coordination from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. each evening. As a worldwide Supply Chain Program Manager for Intel Corporation in the Customer Fulfillment Planning & Logistics Group, my Intel meetings also can occur at many different times with partners around the world. Numerous Intel team members pitched in to ensure deliverables continued to be met, meetings held and that I actually had a chance to sleep each day. It was very much like the whole team was helping support the relief efforts. Of course, we all hope these type of events do not occur, but it is great to know the entire Intel team is supportive and ready to step in and help when ‘we’ get called,” Donelin says.

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most to veterans, especially if they’re still serving in the Guard or Reserves, and especially if they’re leaving family members behind. That was the case for John Freed, the Director of Operations for the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron at Ellington field in Houston (with 21 years of military service). He also is a first officer at Southwest Airlines and the Military Liaison to Flight Operations.

“The Southwest-military partnership is critical for our nation and maintaining balance for me and my family,” Freed says. He notes that he was mobilized for two years for Operation Enduring Freedom, and Southwest Airlines was very supportive.

“They kept in contact with me and my family while I was on military duty, sending gifts to my 
wife, such as a little framed flag. The card included said, ‘Thank you for your sacrifice and contribution to our country.’ A little bit of love from Southwest goes a long way when it comes to your family. When I came off my mobilization, Southwest treated me as if I had never been gone. Southwest treated me like gold; it was a great experience,” Freed says.

Many companies frequently say that hiring veterans isn’t just good business – it’s also the right thing to do. DeVry University, which is sponsoring this recognition, notes that the winners have taken steps to support veterans, even beyond that.

There’s more. Continue reading to learn about the recruiting, training and retention programs that the 2016 Most Valuable Employers for Military are delivering for military veterans.

 

Congratulations to all of the 2016 MVEs!

         

Company profiles:

A-Ba, Bn-Ch, Cs-Ea, Ed-Fl, Fr-Hi, Ho-Ka, Le-Ma, Na-Pu, Ry-St, Su-Xc

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