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How Best Companies Are Helping Veterans

How Best Companies Are Helping Veterans

Care doesn’t stop at 401ks and PTO. 

Over the next several years, more than a million service members will leave active-duty service to reenter work life. These veterans face unique challenges during this transition.

Some employers don’t understand the military lingo on their resumes. Many veterans learn humbleness and not self-promotion. Translating military service into academic credit is tricky.

Some companies are recognizing that hiring veterans goes well beyond patriotism. Which is one of the reasons they made it on our list for PEOPLE 2019 Companies that Care®.

Salesforce help veterans and their families make a successful transition to civilian life. Service members, veterans, and their spouses can get free job training and career coaching through their Vetforce program.

Veterans can access Salesforce’s online community for free classes, in-person training cohorts, and career opportunities within the Salesforce ecosystem.

Each year, Salesforce selects and sponsors Vetforce trainees to attend events like Dreamforce, where they’re able to learn, network, and meet potential employers.

When veterans start work at Salesforce they are embraced by a community of fellow veterans in a Vetforce Ohana employee resource group. Salesforce has 21 of these groups worldwide. Friendships and connections lead to volunteer work and, ultimately, support for the veterans who will follow in their footsteps.

When ex-military join the team at Ultimate Software, they are honored and welcomed with special “care packages” from the UltiVETS (UltiVeterans Exemplifying True Service) Interest group.

Inside UltiVETS, veterans, their families, their friends, and veteran supporters get together to host community events throughout the year.

In one event, Ultimate employees (or “UltiPeeps,” as they’re known) helped renovate the homes of local veterans. With Miami HEAT basketball organization, U.S. Coast Guard members, and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, the community donned their coveralls to help out.

In recognition of their contribution to our freedom, all UltiPeep veterans receive an annual $200 bonus on Veteran’s Day in November.

Legal services company, Orrick, created the nation’s first career fair for lawyers (and spouses) who served in the military. Now in its fourth year, Orrick lawyers and staff work together for months to put on the fair.

Orrick also provides six months paid leave at 100% pay for the reservists when they are called to active duty.

While many companies take to social media on Veteran's Day to thank soldiers for their service, the companies at the top of the list help veterans both on deployment and back at home. For this, we salute them.

Find out the full list of companies who stand out for their employee and community compassion here. 


Claire Hastwell