The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Workforce Solutions of Central Texas honored 31 area employers for their commitment to hiring veterans during a recent "We Hire Vets" recognition ceremony. The event was held at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Killeen on May 25.
What is "We Hire Vets"?
Launched in 2017, "We Hire Vets" is an employer recognition program developed by TWC in partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Workforce Solutions Offices, to recognize Texas employers for their efforts in hiring our nation's heroes. Employers whose workforce is comprised of at least 10 percent military veterans are eligible to receive a "We Hire Vets" employer recognition decal to display on their storefront, as well as an electronic decal to display on the employer's website. Among the many employers recognized at the event was McLane Southwest, one of the largest supply chain services leaders in the country, maintaining one of the nation's most expansive private fleets.
"At McLane Southwest, we feel it is a value to pursue and hire our veterans of this great country. In fact, 14.7 percent of McLane Southwest’s workforce is comprised of veterans," said Gary Johnson, McLane Southwest Division President of Grocery Supply Chain Solutions. "These individuals come from a previous background where a culture of accomplishment and teamwork are second nature. Many of them possess some form of leadership training and capability, and they take their assigned responsibilities very seriously. Our veterans are not afraid of hard work, and given the right opportunity and support, they become some of the most valuable assets to our organization."
McLane's commitment to veterans led the company to launch a Registered Driver Apprenticeship program featuring a veteran initiative, Warriors to Wheels. The Warriors to Wheels program is designed to attract and provide military veterans an "earn while you learn" training model that utilizes their military training experience to move into a career in transportation. McLane offers careers that don't require drivers to be away from their families for extended periods of time. Delivery drivers run 1-2-day routes, with over 80 distribution centers nationwide.
"McLane values military veterans and the work ethic and skills they bring to the table. Because of this, McLane decided to provide an opportunity for veterans to utilize their military training and start a new career in transportation, with the goal of becoming part of the McLane family. This program enables eligible veterans to take full advantage of their GI Bill benefits while training to become a McLane Driver. For more information and a list of participating locations, please go to www.mclanew2w.com," said Jennifer Rojas Clause, Inclusion and EEO Compliance Manager at McLane. Another Central Texas employer who was recognized for their commitment to hiring veterans is Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (SMCHH), whose workforce is comprised of at least 12 percent military veterans.
SMCHH offers an array of health services for the Central Texas community, such as a Cardiology, Emergency Services and a Level IV Trauma Designated Emergency Room. "At Seton Medical Center Harker Heights we are honored to be recognized by 'We Hire Vets.' We understand the advantages that come with hiring veterans and the invaluable experience they bring to our organization. We will continue to make it a priority to hire veterans and are fortunate to be part of the larger Fort Hood community," said SMCHH CEO Zachary K. Dietze. Some of the other employers recognized at the Killeen event included Azbell Electronics, Central Texas College, the Cities of Belton, Harker Heights, Lampasas and Rockdale, as well as General Dynamics Land Systems. For maintaining a workforce of about 25 percent veterans, the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas Board and Workforce Center were also recognized at the Killeen event by TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. During previous recognition events, Lockheed Martin, Prudential Financial, the San Antonio Police Department and Southwest Airlines have been honored as "We Hire Vets" employers.
Employing veterans creates a dedicated workforce with employees who know how to lead, build teams, and accept and meet challenges. Recognition of employers with veteran-friendly hiring practices is an important aspect of the Texas Operation Welcome Home (TOWH) initiative that assists recently separated veterans with employment and training opportunities. As Gov. Greg Abbott shared when the "We Hire Vets" program was launched, "It is important to recognize current employers utilizing our highly-skilled veteran workforce, and encourage future employers to consider veterans in their hiring process. While we can never say 'thank you' enough, the 'We Hire Vets' program will create well-deserved opportunities to get our veterans back into the workforce." For more information on TOWH and the "We Hire Vets" program, and to download the "We Hire Vets" nomination/employer form, visit www.TexasOperationWelcomeHome.org.
List of Central Texas Employers that hire Veterans
- Central Texas Housing Consortium
- Patriot Buick GMC
- Jim Wright Company
- Teleperformance Killeen
- Performance Food Service
- Central Texas College
- City of Harker Heights
- Z Systems, Inc. c/o C2 Essentials
- City of Lampasas
- StarCorr Sheets, LLC
- Dennis Eakin Kia
- Oil States Industries, Inc - Lampasas Plant
- General Dynamics Land Systems
- City of Rockdale
- Dept. of the Army-III Corps & Ft. Hood
- Laerdal Medical
- MTC Materials Transportation Co.
- Butler Weldments
- City of Belton
- Hill Country Transit (The Hop)
- Shine Team Properties
- McLane Southwest
- Seton Medical Center Harker Heights
- Azbell Electronics
- Tatitlek Training Services
- Texas A&M University Central Texas
- Workforce Solutions of Central Texas - Workforce Centers
- Workforce Solutions of Central Texas - Board Staff
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