Veterans Day is November 11th – but It’s Not Only November 11th
Robin L. Portman
Senior Vice President
Yesterday, on Veterans Day, American flags were displayed in Washington area neighborhoods---I know I had one on my mailbox! And today, at Booz Allen, we’re celebrating our veterans and wounded warriors with a keynote to employees from Gen. (Ret.) Richard “Butch” Neal, former Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps.
On November 11 each year, we celebrate Veterans Day and recognize the men and women who have served in our armed forces. But recently, it occurred to me: how are we thanking our veterans on the other 364 days of the year?
At Booz Allen we’re trying to do our part.
We believe that this starts with a focus on recruitment and retention. Our veterans possess the leadership skills so valued by our clients, so we participate in career fairs around the country, cooperate with the Labor Department’s Transition Assistance Program and work with the U.S Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS). We participate in veterans’ inclusion initiatives with clients like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and DC Business Leadership Network.
And because today’s military personnel face tough reintegration challenges, this extends to internal programming to help returning veterans adjust to civilian life. I know we all face challenges in integration into a new career (I felt this myself when I left my government service with the Dept. of the Navy to come to private industry).
With more than a third of our employees as veterans, and so many more with family and friends in the Services, it’s no surprise that many of us volunteer for employee resource groups, mentoring and learning circles, and education programs. Through our Armed Services Forum, veterans can communicate with each other, and with management, on ways to ease the transition. Ideas from the Forum support our human resources efforts with programming and activities.
I am passionate about what we do to help bridge the gap between the combat zone and civilian life.
We’re also reaching beyond the immediate Booz Allen community and into our local communities through Transitioning Warrior Summits. The next summit, scheduled for later this week in Norfolk, will engage community leaders around the challenges veterans and service members face when navigating the justice system. We are also launching a new mentoring program for women veterans and caregivers---with the mission of helping all of these deserving women to find jobs!
We’ve posted a full list of our events planned for the entire month here http://bit.ly/Uy6QXx. These events are current examples of Booz Allen’s ongoing commitment to thanking our nation’s military veterans. But just as the value of our veterans’ service to our nation is not limited to one day, neither is our effort to honor that service. There’s much more to be done.---on the other 364 days of the year!