For the third consecutive year, the Exchange has been recognized by VETS Indexes as a leading voice on Veteran employment issues and for its dedication to hiring heroes.
The Exchange earned the 4-Star Employer Award for its commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining and supporting Veterans, military spouses, National Guard members and Reservists.
“Hiring Veterans and military spouses is a priority for the Exchange,” said Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh, executive vice president and chief Human Resources officer.” These heroes are our customers—bringing a unique perspective to our workforce.”
The Exchange has hired 57,000 Veterans and military spouses since 2013 and is committed to hiring 75,000 Veterans and military spouses by 2030.
The VETS Indexes Employer Awards survey analyzes employers’ policies, practices and outcomes related to:
- Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring
- Veteran employee development and retention
- Veteran-inclusive policies and culture
- Support for members of the National Guard and Reserve
- Military spouse/family support
At the Exchange, Veterans, military spouses, dependents, Guard members and Reservists comprise 47% of the U.S. workforce. The Exchange, the Department of Defense’s largest retailer, offers competitive pay and benefits, including paid vacation and sick leave. When Veterans join the Exchange as full-time associates, their military service time can be used toward their Exchange retirement benefit.
Additionally, the Exchange’s associate transfer program helps military spouses retain employment during PCS’s, allowing them to keep their benefits and build toward retirement.