VSE Corporation reported that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its National Chamber Foundation have named VSE as one of five finalists for the Hiring Our Heroes’ Don Weber Wounded Warrior Employment Award. VSE Corporation is one of 25 businesses, nominated among five categories, recognized by the Chamber of Commerce for demonstrating leadership in addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members, and military families in their search for meaningful employment.
Since the inception of its Veterans Outreach Program in 2009, VSE has provided volunteer support, funding and leadership across a wide range of veterans support activities. VSE provides hundreds of employment opportunities to veterans and their family members. Within the VSE family, veterans are found in large representation throughout the corporate structure, including key corporate officer positions. VSE’s total work force is approximately 35% veteran and its Federal and International Groups are comprised of over 50% veteran employees. In the past three years, VSE has averaged hiring 1,100 personnel per year. Of these annual new hires, more than 50% are veterans; of those, over 26% are disabled veterans, and 51% are veterans separated from their service one year or less.
“Today and every day, VSE is proud to recognize, support, and honor the sacrifices that our nation’s active military, Wounded Warriors, families, spouses, and caregivers have made in service to our country,” said Frank Wickersham, Director of Corporate Responsibility and retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel. “We are especially proud of the exceptional veterans who have joined our staff as a direct result of our program.”
“We take our commitment to honoring those who served our country very seriously,” said Mo Gauthier, VSE CEO and retired U.S. Navy Captain. “These deserving Americans intuitively resonate with VSE’s commitment to serving our clients. They “get” team. They “get” mission focus. They raise the bar for all of us in many ways.”
The Hiring Our Heroes awards also are given in four other categories recognizing smaller organizations: Veteran and Military Spouse Employment; Post-9/11 Veteran Employment; Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring; and Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment.
The winners in each category will be announced at the 2nd Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Dinner at the Chamber on November 14, 2012. A peer committee of veterans and military spouses will select the winners.
About The National Chamber Foundation
The National Chamber Foundation (NCF), a non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is dedicated to identifying and fostering public debate on emerging critical issues. They provide business and Government leaders with insight and resources to address tomorrow's challenges. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
In March 2011, the Chamber, in conjunction with the National Chamber Foundation, launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. The Chamber started the program to improve public-private sector coordination in local communities, where veterans and their families are returning every day. To date, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 330 hiring fairs in 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, helping 14,100 veterans and military spouses find employment.
Established in 1959, VSE (vsecorp.com) is a diversified federal services company focused on solving issues of global significance with integrity, agility and value. VSE is dedicated to making our clients successful by delivering talented people and innovative solutions for logistics, engineering, IT services, construction management consulting, and supply chain management. For additional information on VSE veteran’s outreach services, please see the Company's website at vsecorp.com or contact Frank Wickersham, Director of Corporate Responsibility at FGWickersham[.]VSECORP.com or 703-329-4499.