11-26-2013 10:11 AM
USAA executives were present in Washington, D.C., to accept the Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Award. Pictured from left: Wendi Strong, USAA EVP Enterprise Affairs; Eric Eversole, Hiring Our Heroes Executive Director; Mike Kelly, USAA Executive Director Enterprise Affairs and award namesake Lee Anderson.
Photo by Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
USAA is the winner of the 2013 Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award, presented Nov. 12 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes™ program.
The award was one of six presented to organizations for their demonstrated leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in their search for meaningful employment.
“USAA has shown tremendous dedication to recruiting, retaining, and advancing talented veterans and military spouses,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “USAA is an industry leader working every day to address veteran and military spouse employment challenges across America. The Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson award recognizes USAA for its past, present, and future efforts to serve those who served.
“In addition to employing more than 7,000 veterans and military spouses since 2005, USAA has developed effective in-house mentorship programs for transitioning service members and spouses. Their aggressive and targeted recruitment strategies have not only contributed to a military-friendly culture, but have landed them at the top of G.I. Jobs Magazine’s 2013 Top 100 list. USAA is a regular participant in U.S. Department of Defense-sponsored workshops and career events for transitioning service members. In this capacity, USAA is able to highlight its Junior Military Officer Program, ‘Combat to Claims’ program, and other specialized training programs for both veterans and spouses considering careers in the financial sector.”
The winners were selected by the Hiring Our Heroes Awards Committee. Judging was based on criteria such as innovative recruiting and retention strategies, military community engagement and leadership, as well as an ongoing commitment to hire veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses.
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