Celebrated every November 11, Veterans Day is a national holiday that honors veterans who served our country in war or peace. Veterans Day is also an opportunity for companies to recognize the value, experience and skills veterans bring to the workplace.
They’ve done so much for us. It’s time we returned the favor.
Many companies have realized that veterans bring diverse skills to the workforce. With their understanding of teamwork, leadership and strong work ethic- along with a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives- service members often have transferable skills that can help them succeed in today's business world.
Supporting service members
One practical strategy businesses can use to support veterans is to have a service member resource group that provides a space for veterans to connect with others and discuss their experiences during the transition.
At Securian Financial, we have our Servicemember Associate Resource Group (SARG). Harold Price, an active army reservist for 21 years and Securian project management consultant, is a co-lead for SARG. “SARG offers an unspoken camaraderie between people who’ve served. It helps you stay connected and supported.”
SARG’s goals revolve around being an employer of choice, increasing community impact, fostering a unique employee culture and promoting SARG outside of Securian. SARG partners with other Securian associate resource groups (ARGs) like the Mental Wellness and Disability ARG to help bring awareness and resources to the many impacts associated with service.
Battle Buddies to the rescue
There are multiple committees — or pillars — of SARG. One of those is the Battle Buddies program. Emily Henderson, from Securian’s Madison office, is a Battle Buddies co-lead (along with Ethan Kleiner).