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“Booz Allen’s commitment to military families stands apart from other companies,” says Lead Associate Amy Bennett. Amy’s husband, also a Booz Allen employee and an Army reservist, recently got called for an unexpected deployment.
“The last time my husband deployed [prior to joining Booz Allen] we lost two-thirds of our income overnight and nearly lost our home. Because of the benefits that Booz Allen offers reservists—among them differential pay and continuing health and retirement benefits for up to 1 year of deployment—the situation is completely different for us this time. It demonstrates that Booz Allen both understands the unique needs of the military community and also places great value on the skills and expertise of its military, veteran, and military spouse workforce.”
And that comes naturally—Booz Allen was founded by a veteran, has continuously supported the Department of Defense (DoD) since our first DoD client in 1940, and, today, boasts a workforce in which one third its employees have a military background.
Among the differentiators in Booz Allen’s support for the military community:
“Booz Allen was founded by a veteran, has continuously supported the Department of Defense (DoD) since our first DoD client in 1940, and, today, boasts a workforce in which one third its employees have a military background.”
“Booz Allen understands the military lifestyle,” says Associate Tracy Freedman, a military spouse who co-leads the Military Spouse Forum. “We are focused on helping military spouses build their careers, not just get a job.” Tracy has worked for Booz Allen for 7 years, and during that time has relocated three times with her husband, a Marine officer. “The Military Spouse Forum provides a support network for spouses who have to relocate regularly with the military. We are also building awareness of the needs of our community among Booz Allen career managers, which makes all the difference.”
In November, in honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, Booz Allen launched a powerful campaign to build military family resiliency and highlight the unique skills and needs of this community. The month’s capstone event was the Military Family Resiliency Summit, which Booz Allen co-hosted with Blue Star Families and the White House’s Joining Forces, which brought together representatives from commercial organizations, military/veteran not-for-profits, and DoD leadership to discuss changing needs of military families. The Summit resulted in a corporate engagement guide that was distributed across a national network of business and government supporters of the military community.
Additional campaign events focused on military spouse careers and the unique and transferable skills of this community (check out the event recording on YouTube) and on the workforce contributions of Vietnam Veterans. Booz Allen leaders were a compelling voice in the media—creating awareness of the needs of the military family and how business and communities can come together in support. Booz Allen volunteers also partnered with Blue Star Families to refurbish military youth centers and an elementary school library at military bases across the country.
The firm is extending its innovative service to the military community to its next generation, through the new Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Award for Military Children, part of Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year program. Our passion for innovation and support for military families converged in the sponsorship of this award, with longtime partner Operation Homefront. Seventeen year-old Elizabeth O’Brien, who has a parent in the Army, was named the first-ever recipient in March 2016 for launching a not-for-profit that raises funds to pay for military housing modifications that aren’t covered by insurance, but are needed by disabled military children. The award came with funding and consulting services from Booz Allen volunteers who provided Elizabeth with a strategic plan to help scale her not-for-profit.
“The most exciting thing to me about Booz Allen’s support for military families is how you have so many parts of the firm engaging on a common cause—client teams, forums focused on military families, recruiting, human resources, and corporate social responsibility,” says Amy Bennett. “I’m proud to work for a company that honors the service and sacrifice of military families in this way.”
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