General Motors has been recognized for the second year in a row by Military Times, and is the only automaker, to be listed as a “Best For Vets” employer. The list takes into account company culture and policies that cater to military veterans.
“The recognition is a credit to the ongoing hard work of our military affairs, veteran hiring and employee resource group leaders,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer and a former U.S. Navy captain. “Veterans bring a unique perspective and strong work ethic – and make us a better, stronger company.”
The award is based on an in-depth survey analyzing a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success, which GM excelled in.
“We applaud GM’s ongoing efforts to hire and support its veteran employees, and we hope they inspire others in their industry to become ‘Best for Vets’ employers in 2017,” said Peter Lundquist, president, Sightline Media Group and general manager, Military Times.
GM has a long history in supporting the U.S. military, stretching back to 1917, when the automaker turned 90-percent of its production capacity for WWI manufacturing, and again during WWII when President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for an “arsenal of democracy.” GM produced more military vehicles than any automaker.
Today, GM employs more than 14,000 veterans across its facilities, and partners with Building for America’s Bravest, Hiring Our Heroes and the Achilles Freedom Team to support military families. The automaker is also expanding military discounts for the month of May to show its thanks during Military Appreciation Month.