The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has recognized General Motors’ ongoing efforts to hire and train U.S. military veterans with Gold-Level Veteran Employer Certification, the first time an automaker has received the award.
The Veteran Employer Certification recognizes companies committed to military veteran recruitment, training, and retention practices, with the Gold level standing above silver and bronze to represent the highest echelon of MVAA’s awards.
“Veterans bring a unique perspective and strong work ethic – and make us a better, stronger company,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer and a former U.S. Navy captain.
Over the last 100 years, GM has provided a significant amount of support to U.S. military members and families through donations to the Achilles Freedom Team, as well as to veterans by supporting the Building for America’s Bravest. Outside of hiring vets, GM also offers a military discount for the majority of its vehicles.
Beyond MVAA, GM also was named a Best for Vets Employer by Military Times — the only automaker to receive the award, as well as Top 100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse.
“We always appreciate being recognized for our efforts, but there is certainly more work to do to help transitioning vets,” Said Steve Hill GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Through our national partnerships with Building for America’s Bravest, Hiring Our Heroes and Shifting Gears, we hope to do even more to hire and help America’s veterans.”