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KEY - Knowledge Empowers You acronym

VA encourages businesses to educate, hire, and train America’s Veterans. The following companies, government programs, and nonprofits have proven their commitment to helping Veterans transition from military to civilian employment. By promoting the hiring of Veterans and encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit, these companies and programs give Veterans opportunities to grow within established organizations or create their own small businesses. Access a list some of these companies and program below.

AT&T Careers for Veterans

AT&T supports members of the military by employing active reservists and retired military personnel at every level of the company. AT&T employees include retired members of the military, active reservists, and members of the National Guard who have made the transition to civilian life and excel in every area of the company. AT&T also has strong partnerships with many military and Veteran organizations. Learn more »

AT&T: Operation Hand Salute

AT&T's Operation Hand Salute is a groundbreaking national mentoring program for service-disabled Veteran CEOs helping them improve their business operations and enhance their ability to win corporate contracts. The program invites service-disabled Veteran business owners to attend an 11-week Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at John F. Kennedy University and learn from the best to improve their businesses and enhance their ability to win valuable corporate contracts. Learn more »

Department of Labor: Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

VETS prepares America’s Veterans and separating Servicemembers for meaningful careers, by providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights. Learn more »

Department of Veterans Affairs: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Veterans may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to assist with employment training and accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills. Learn more »

General Dynamics: Career Paths for Veterans

General Dynamics is committed to hiring and assisting Veterans and reservists. If you are preparing to transition from military service or if you are a Veteran seeking a military-friendly employer, General Dynamics has many opportunities available for you. Learn more »

Habitat for Humanity: Veterans Build Program

Habitat for Humanity’s Veterans Build Program provides housing solutions and volunteer/employment opportunities to U.S. Veterans, military Servicemembers, and their families. Habitat has successfully worked with Veteran-partner families and joined forces with Veteran Service Organizations to meet the needs of Veterans. Learn more »

Microsoft: Elevate America Veterans

Microsoft’s commitment to giving people access to the skills they need for jobs in the growing knowledge economy is demonstrated through its Elevate America–a number of programs and resources that share a common focus: providing technology skills, training, and resources to help people find employment. Microsoft’s Elevate America Veterans is proud to help Veterans and their spouses successfully transition from the military to civilian employment. Learn more »

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup

Operation Boots to Business: From Service to Startup is a three-step training program developed to introduce and train transitioning Servicemembers to business ownership. Boots to Business helps ensure that every transitioning service member has access to a standardized entrepreneurship training track and small business resources in their local communities. After completing Boots to Business participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local small business resources, and launch their own small business. Learn more »

Prudential: Veterans Initiatives

Prudential understands the value Veterans bring to the workforce, including practiced leadership skills, commitment, discipline, ability to perform under extremely stressful situations, and a solid work ethic. In the spirit of Prudential's longstanding commitment to Veterans, active Servicemembers, and Veterans already in our employ–Prudential has established several programs that provide access to quality education, job training, and employment opportunities. Prudential also seeks to advocate for Veterans among its corporate peers. Learn more »

SAP: Veterans to Work Program

To acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the U.S. military, SAP has launched the Veterans to Work initiative to help Veterans acquire the necessary skills and training to be successful in today’s IT workforce. See the Military Times article "Company to Pay for IT Training for Veterans." Learn more »

Veterans Enterprise Training & Services Group (VETS Group)

VETS Group, a nonprofit, community-based organization provides a holistic program for Veterans and their families to achieve economic empowerment through education, entrepreneurship, and employment. VETS Group offers training in Federal procurement, small business development, education in financial literacy, credit repair and identity theft, and is now in the process of implementing an initiative to identify more procurement opportunities for Veterans in the private-sector. Partnerships are being formed with large corporate enterprises to offer Veterans employment opportunities, business education, mentoring, technical assistance, growth capital, and access to international markets. Learn more »

VetNet: The Career Resource of Tomorrow

Transitioning from military to civilian life presents a unique set of challenges. To make things easier and provide structure, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF)—along with Hire Heroes USA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative—created VetNet, a single place to start. VetNet is designed to be a free, one-stop shop for the Veteran and military family communities as they transition to the civilian workforce. The online resource includes innovative networking tools, career training, job opportunities, and entrepreneurship classes—all offered online and at absolutely no cost to participants. Learn more »

Walmart: Welcome Home Commitment

Walmart offers a job to any honorably discharged Veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty through its Welcome Home Commitment. Walmart believes that hiring a Veteran can be one of the best decisions a company can make. They're quick learners, and they're team players. Veterans are leaders with discipline, training, and a passion for service. Walmart and Sam's Club are actively recruiting Veterans, transitioning military, Servicemembers, and their families. Learn more »

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