Veterans Offer Diverse Backgrounds and a Team-Based Approach to the Affinis WorkforcePosted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 by Kristen Kocen
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In celebration of Veterans Day, we are excited to share that Affinis was recognized with a platinum medallion from the Hire Vets Medallion Program in 2019. To qualify for this distinction, at least 10 percent of an organization’s team must be comprised of military veterans as well as provide a variety of tools and benefits that support veterans and their families. This employer recognition program is administered by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). It was created to honor businesses who recruit, employ, and retain veterans. We were just notified this week that we earned a gold medallion in 2020. You can read more about the full criteria here: https://www.hirevets.gov/about
“Our veterans bring a ‘can do’ spirit that shows us any challenge can be overcome. Their leadership and cadence inspire us to be better, to do better every day. We are thankful for their service and blessed to have them as co-workers.”,” said Kristen Leathers-Gratton, PE, Assoc. DBIA, President of Affinis,
We recently asked Ryan Stobaugh, PE Project Engineer, to describe how veterans add value to businesses. A former Engineman First Class in the Navy, his responses are below.
In what ways do you think veterans add value to businesses?
Veterans add value to business in several ways. However, the two that stick out from my experience are our teamwork and diversity. People in the military come from all over the world – not just the United States. Even though everyone had a different background, there was always one mission, and that mission required everyone working together as a team.
How does Affinis support veterans?
Affinis supports vets both in and out of the workplace. For years, they have given back to Warriors Ascent, an organization that helps first responders and Veterans who have experienced emotional trauma.