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8 Ways Your Company Can Support Veteran Employees

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Supporting veteran employees is vital throughout the year, and it’s particularly impactful during observances such as Military Appreciation Month in May, Fourth of July, Patriot Day (Sept. 11), Veterans Day, and the Christmas holidays. These moments provide special opportunities to provide support and reinforce the value veterans bring to the workplace.

Veterans contribute unique skills and perspectives that enhance company performance and culture. By implementing thoughtful initiatives that recognize their service and cater to their specific needs, companies can demonstrate their appreciation and commitment to veteran employees.

In this article, WWP outlines eight practical ways your company can consistently support veteran employees, not just during special observances but all year round, thereby creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace environment.

  1. Recognize military service: Acknowledge and appreciate the service of veteran employees. Consider hosting a special event or ceremony to recognize their contributions and sacrifices.
  2. Create a veterans resource group or veteran mentorship program: If your company doesn’t already have one, a veterans resource group or mentorship program can help veteran employees acclimate to their civilian workplace. The Annual Warrior Survey shows warriors employed by companies offering a resource group or a veteran mentorship program had higher scores of professional fulfillment compared with those employed by companies without such programs.
  3. Create a supportive environment: Foster a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusivity. Encourage employees to share their holiday traditions and experiences, including those related to military service.
  4. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Ensure that veteran employees are aware of and can access Employee Assistance Programs. During the holiday season, these programs can provide support for a variety of issues, including mental health concerns that may be exacerbated.
  5. Peer support networks: Encourage the formation of peer support networks within the workplace. Having colleagues who share similar experiences can provide valuable emotional support.
  6. Volunteer opportunities: Offer opportunities for employees, including veterans, to participate in volunteer activities during the holiday season. These can provide a sense of purpose and community.
  7. Provide mental health resources: Be proactive in sharing mental health resources and encourage employees to seek help if needed. The holiday season can be emotionally challenging for some, and it’s essential to prioritize mental well-being.
  8. “Adopt” a veteran family in need: Give presents or holiday meals to a veteran family you know in your community or workplace. The Veteran.com Community also has a list of organizations that do this.

If you know a veteran who could benefit from WWP's free programs and services, encourage them to contact the Resource Center

Find out how you can get your company involved and support injured veterans here

Contact: — Paris Moulden, Public Relations, pmoulden@woundedwarriorproject.org, 904.570.7910

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