How These Companies Support Their Veterans and Military Families
Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, is celebrated every year on November 11th. This date was first proclaimed a US holiday by president Widrow Wilson in 1919, exactly one year after the cease-fire between Germany and the Allied Nations effectively ended World War I.
At present, Veterans Day is generally celebrated with a day off from work or school to dedicate time to honor those who have served in the armed forces. Although this holiday comes just once a year, at PowerToFly, we believe it is crucial to support veterans, active duty military, military spouses, and their families all year round.
So, in commemoration of Veterans Day 2022, we’ve put together this list of companies that will be honoring Veterans Day this year as well as providing support for veteran employees and their families all year long.
“CDW proudly supports veterans, active military and their families in the community as well as the workplace. We provide rewarding career opportunities for veterans that utilize their valuable experience and unique attributes. Some of the military benefits we offer include differential pay, health coverage and support and development through our Military & Allies Resource Council (MARC) BRG. To celebrate Veterans Day, MARC is hosting an event with the theme ‘Adapt and Overcome’ featuring guest speaker J.R. Martinez.”
Learn more about CDW here.
“The digital identity SaaS provider Okta invests in its veterans and families through an employee resource group representing all US service branches and several foreign militaries. Last month they gathered virtually for a "Moment of Silence" in remembrance of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and share how 9/11 changed their lives. Recently, Vets@Okta's Executive Chair met with a senior White House official to discuss military spouse employment, which includes partnering with Women@Okta. Vets@Okta is assembling a photo wall display in its Washington office to showcase Okta's commitment to its military veterans. Vets@Okta donated $3,500 for humanitarian relief this year and Veterans Day is an Okta holiday providing everyone a chance to rest and reflect.”
Learn more about Okta here.
"The mission of RelVets is to embrace our proud community of employee veterans who support each other through shared experiences, veteran recruitment, career development, outward engagement, professional growth, and retention. Additionally, we strive to help every Relativian have a better understanding of the veteran experience. A good example of this is our application to SkillBridge, a Department of Defense program for active duty service members and their spouses to gain valuable civilian work experience during their last 180 days of service.”
Learn more about Relativity here
“Veterans at ServiceNow’s (Employee Belonging Group) mission is to serve those who served and connect veterans to purpose and community at work. The organization partners with veteran non-profits, including the Honor Foundation, a career transition program for Special Operation Services that translates their military service to the private sector, helping create corporate and community leaders. Additionally, ServiceNow’s Solution Consulting Academy and NextGen programs provide opportunities for veterans to learn technical job skills to (re)enter the workforce. In celebration of Veteran's Day, ServiceNow will host a panel of notable veterans discussing the transition from post-service to the workforce.”
Learn more about ServiceNow here.
“At Google, employees have the opportunity to join various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) designed to create belonging within their communities. Among these ERGs is the Google Veterans Network (VetNet), an internal community of about 2500 military veterans, service members, civilian allies, and families dedicated to unifying, connecting, and serving the military community.
This Veterans Day, Google VetNet is hosting a fireside chat with the leadership team of Irreverent Warriors focused on mental health and the release of the documentary, The Hike Back. VetNet will also be highlighting the DoD Skillbridge Program and a few of our outstanding former fellows.”
Learn more about Google here.
“With approximately a quarter of our team self-identifying as veterans or active reservists, Northrop Grumman is driven to keep our nation and allies safe. We take pride in supporting our veterans, service members and their families. We contribute to programs focused on employment, homelessness, appreciation, and services for the wounded, ill and injured. Our employee resource groups, VERITAS and GRIT, are examples of this commitment. VERITAS is an all-inclusive employee resource group committed to recognizing and supporting active duty, Reserve, National Guard and veterans through community outreach and networking programs. Watch our video to learn more about our support of Veterans.”
Learn more about Northrop Grumman here.
“In May 2021, Chubbies announced the launch of Foundation 43, a nonprofit with a mission to expand access to effective mental health care and suicide prevention, with a focus on historically marginalized communities. We committed to donating a portion of every sale to Foundation 43, creating a systemic dedication to funding mental health care and suicide prevention while also pledging to use our platform to speak openly about mental health to chip away at stigma.
Foundation 43 uses these funds to provide grants to other nonprofits focused on expanding access to mental health care within their respective communities, including Headstrong, a national-facing mental health treatment practice that provides at no expense, confidential and stigma-free mental health treatment for military members, veterans, and their families.
Chubbies encourages you to learn more about the work Headstrong does to de-stigmatize and provide accessible mental health services for our nation's veterans.”
Learn more about Chubbies here.
“To celebrate Veterans Day, Nestlé is supporting the Military Family Advisory Network through our Military Community Employee Resource Groups for the second consecutive year in the battle against food insecurity for Military Families across the USA. Last year we contributed 13,000 DiGiorno pizzas, $22,000+ in Nestlé employee donations, and held food distribution events on nearby military base locations. This year, Nestlé has broadened the scope and scale of the food distribution contribution. The Hot Pockets and Stouffer’s brands have joined in support for military families, and there are volunteer opportunities at upcoming food distribution events.”
Learn more about Nestlé here.
"We recently launched Veterans, our Community Guild championing Veterans, military families, and allies. Datadog Guilds help foster an inclusive environment - encouraging collaboration and an increased sense of belonging. This November, and beyond, we work to support the military community through ongoing partnerships with organizations such as BreakLine, intentional hiring practices, and engaging in intersectional initiatives. Veterans will host celebrations around Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans Day and partner with local Veteran-owned businesses. Datadog aims to not just be a Veteran-friendly workspace, but a people-friendly workspace. We’re continuing to improve and community feedback is key to our growth"
Learn more about Datadog here.
“VALOR is PepsiCo’s veteran and military employee resource group. Their mission is to recognize, appreciate and support military, veterans, their families, and our communities and to strengthen PepsiCo's role as a leading military and veteran business partner. PepsiCo and Valor are involved in our communities across the U.S. to give back and support veterans, military spouses, and their families. This includes national events such as Rolling Remembrance, which raises awareness and funds to support the education of the Children of Fallen Patriots. Local events vary from raising funds for combat wounded veterans to collecting supplies for deployed military and families during the holidays. Valor chapters across the country also celebrate and honor veterans at Memorial Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and Veteran’s Day events at our facilities.”
Learn more about PepsiCo here.
“Veterans are present and accounted for at PagerDuty! We have a variety of programs to both hire and support our veteran employees.
“As a veteran myself, I'm involved in PatriotDuty, PagerDuty’s military employee resource group, where we promote military awareness, assist in the recruitment of veteran candidates and ensure our voices are heard. One current initiative is building an internal skills translator tool, to more effectively match a transitioning veteran's skill set with opportunities here at PagerDuty. Our goal is to map Military Occupational Specialty/Air Force Specialty Code (i.e. military job identifiers) with civilian careers in tech and offer that tool to the greater community.” - Michelle Svien, Security Engineer III”
Learn more about PagerDuty here.
“DreamSpring closes every Veterans Day, encouraging staff to reflect and recharge so we can best support veterans who are entrepreneurs, a priority population to our mission. To date, DreamSpring has served over 1,300 veteran-owned businesses with more than $31 million in loans, which have sustained over 3,400 jobs in 500+ communities. As a Veteran Loan Fund partner, we’re proud to offer veterans discounted interest rates and resources on veteran-specific financial technical assistance. Our team members, several of whom have served and/or are from military families, actively moderate or present at military-connected small business conferences and resource events.”
Learn more about DreamSpring here.
“At UnitedHealth Group, we are proud to observe Veteran’s Day as we celebrate the invaluable skills service members and their spouses bring to our organization. As a top military employer, recognized by the Military Friendly organization, we strive to support veterans and military spouses in their careers every day through efforts like our Military Fellowship Program. This initiative is open to all branches of the U.S. Military, enabling service members to transfer their skills to one of our fellowship tracks as they gain hands-on experience at UnitedHealth Group and discover how our values align with those defined in service.”
Learn more about UnitedHealth Group here.
"Elastic is committed to hiring veterans and helping them transition from the military to civilian careers. We’re a part of the Skillbridge program that helps active duty military members bridge their skills gap as they make the switch to a civilian career.
We also have our Mil-asticians ERG—a group for veterans, their families, and allies. The group has deemed November Mil-asticians month and will host a lunch and learn for recruiters about hiring veterans, share relevant books and resources, bring in a nonprofit that supports veterans to discuss how to get more involved, and more."
Learn more about Elastic here.
“At Myriad360, we value the unique perspectives and experiences our military veterans offer and we aim to employ and support our veterans as they transition from the military. We are committed to promoting employment opportunities for our veterans through ongoing veteran-focused recruiting efforts (our most recent being the Chat & Learn event hosted with Power to Fly). Our flexible and autonomous company culture supports our valued employees in the military reserves through remote work and unlimited Paid Time Off policies. Additionally, we continue to foster a sense of community through our active volunteer-led Mil-Vet Employee Resource Group.”
Learn more about Myriad360 here.
“The Veterans’ ERG has provided me with a community of mentors/friends who share similar experiences and understand the challenges of transitioning to the corporate world. I’m honored to be part of a group that’s helping other veterans through that same transition.” - Lisa Argueta, DoD Account Manager
“The best way to support Veterans is to have Vets on your talent acquisition team. Sometimes, Veterans coming off active duty will use some military-specific lingo that may cause them to be filtered out when, in reality, they have the skillset you’re looking for.” - Joshua Blair, Sr Security Engineer, Cloud Security
Learn more about HashiCorp here.
“At Gainsight, we give our employees November 11th off in observance of Veterans Day, a national holiday dedicated to honoring members of the United States Armed Forces. We believe it's an important day to spend time with a veteran in your family or commemorate those who lost their lives fighting for their country.”
Learn more about Gainsight here.
“Workiva thanks our employees who have served in the armed forces by providing November 11 as a paid holiday. Throughout the year, our flexible work policy allows veterans to work from anywhere, and our Veterans Business Employee Resource Group offers a support system where veterans can connect. The group also builds awareness and strengthens allyship across Workiva. Our updated benefit offerings for deploying Guards, Reservists, and their families allow all full-time benefit-eligible employees on U.S. military leave up to four weeks per calendar year of 100% base salary and an additional 8 weeks at 50%.”
Learn more about Workiva here.
“Vanguard’s VetsConnect employee resource group aims to engage the veteran community and its allies, support veteran career advancement, and share military veteran experience stories. Members include veterans, veteran family members, and allies. Each Veterans Day, VetsConnect invites employees to participate in an early morning run and a casual breakfast. They also set the stage for employees to share their veteran and reservist experience through panel discussions, blogs, and articles. Through Vanguard's internal social site, employees recognize and thank the veteran community for serving and protecting the nation.”
Learn more about Vanguard here.
“Freddie Mac's Military Appreciation Business Resource Group (BRG) will honor America's veterans and Freddie Mac employees for their patriotism and willingness to serve our nation, aligning with Veteran's Day throughout November. The BRG will host a virtual Build & SERVE event benefiting community outreach partner, Habitat for Humanity and host a Toys for Tots collection drive. In addition, champions for Veterans will lead a virtual discussion on disability benefits with the BRG. Employees will also greet two Honor Flights at Dulles International Airport, where more than 150 veterans and their guests arrive in Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials. These events reinforce Freddie Mac's mission to make home possible – and inclusive – for all.”
Learn more about Freddie Mac here.
T. Rowe Price—
"In recognition of Veterans Day, VALOR @ T. Rowe Price, the firm’s business resource group supporting veterans, reservists, and their families, is encouraging associates across the firm to serve “beyond the uniform” through philanthropy and community service. Going three years strong, VALOR continues the tradition of the annual “Ruck March,” the firm’s signature fundraising event that benefits Stop Soldier Suicide, a veteran-founded and -led nonprofit focused on military suicide prevention.
This year the event raised over $98,000.00, with nearly 400 associates taking part, including every member of the firm’s Management Committee."
Learn more about T. Rowe Price here.
"At UKG, our VETS employee resource group is a network for military veterans, their families, and friends, along with UKG colleagues, and supporters of Veterans. Leading up to Veteran’s Day, VETS will host a variety of events to help build connections with employees. VETS will solicit nominations from employees and provide donations to their favorite military posts and military non-profits. They will also have a virtual happy hour event as well as a military scavenger hunt. Many of our office locations will be closed for the November 11 Veteran’s Day holiday, but we’ll be celebrating online with employee stories and images.
Follow Life at UKG on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram for photos and stories."
Learn more about UKG here.
"SoftwareONE salutes all veterans. We are grateful for the immeasurable sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families. We are especially grateful for the service of our SWOmies who have served. In honor of this important holiday, all of our North American offices will be closed on Veterans Day. And as a small token of our gratitude, SWOmies who served in the military are provided with a stipend to enjoy lunch or dinner on us. Happy Veterans Day!"
Learn more about SoftwareONE here.
"We are proud of the veteran community at Samsara and strive to celebrate and support them year-round. This year, we introduced a new military leave policy that provides 12 weeks of full pay when an employee is called away on reserve duty. On Veterans Day, we are hosting a company-wide panel spotlighting members of the community in addition to launching our "Veterans at Samsara" Employee Resource Group. The mission of our newest ERG is to empower veteran employees through service recognition, provide a community for mentorship and support, and grow the presence of veteran employees at Samsara."
Learn more about Samsara here.
"The military community is the heartbeat of our business. We celebrate military service and Veterans the entire month of November. In addition to employee Spotlight and community volunteer events, we have programmed events through our ERGs to connect employees from diverse communities and highlight their military service. We will hear from Navajo Code Talker Peter McDonald through the sponsorship of RTX RAIN. Additionally, we will celebrate the heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen through RTX BXN. Our RTX ADAPT ERG will host a forum on Mental Health and supporting Veteran Health. On November 10th, RTX will host a nationwide Veteran-focused hiring event open to Veterans, Transitioning Service Members, Military Spouses, and Reserve Component Members. We value the military community and are focused on supporting our military community through multiple avenues."
Learn more about Raytheon here.
"The Deloitte Veteran community is over 3,000 members strong. In efforts to continue to grow our strong community, our Veteran Recruiting Team and participating Business Areas have championed the partnership between Deloitte and the non-profit organization, Hiring Our Heroes (HoH). Deloitte and the HoH program work tirelessly joining forces and leveraging the highly talented Veterans, Spouses, and Care Takers, to strengthen not only the workforce, networking, training, and hiring those members, but strengthening the Deloitte family as a whole. We are proud to serve alongside those who have served and welcome them into our community."
Learn more about Deloitte here.
"Cummins Ltd. has signed the U.K. Armed Forces Covenant in a signing ceremony that took place at our Paddington office on the 14th of November 2022. This significant milestone has been achieved after several years of collaboration and the development of Veterans Inclusion as one of our primary dimensions of diversity. Our pledge brings to life our vision to be a place that empowers veterans to achieve their full potential and to continue their service to their communities, and our workplace, by inspiring and enabling others to do the same."
Learn more about Cummins here.