Josh Atencio (Courtesy photo)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at IBM committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. IBM is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company.

Much of America doesn't understand what it means to be a member of the National Guard or the Reserves. But today's citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are exceptionally skilled at balancing their military duties with their family lives and civilian jobs. Meanwhile, it takes an understanding, flexible, and supportive employer to ensure that America's part-time service members have the tools to succeed in both careers.

Josh Atencio knew he had found a great opportunity when he accepted a position at IBM after graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato. But the Minnesota National Guardsman didn't know how well IBM would support his job as a citizen soldier.

"When I was in school, balancing my coursework with drill and work was tough, but I made it work," he says. "When I graduated and started working at IBM, I had no idea how challenging it would be to balance both my military and civilian careers. But my teammates and leadership at IBM are incredibly supportive, and give me the flexibility I need to ensure I can be successful in both arenas."

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Courtesy of Eronica Dew

The world’s largest information technology services company has set its sights on using military expertise to address today’s global issues. With its Veteran 2K hiring initiative, IBM has committed to filling its executive ranks, management, and business divisions with thousands of veterans by 2020. The company currently serves clients in over 170 countries with a workforce 360,000 strong. IBM wants more employees like Eronica Dew, a former technical sergeant who served in the Air Force. She was specifically recruited because of the valuable skill sets she demonstrated in her work history.    

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If you’re a veteran looking for a job in Texas, you’re not alone. With nearly 2 million active duty, veteran, guard, and reservist service members living within its borders, the Lone Star state has the second highest number of military and veteran residents in the United States. Everything that you’ve accomplished in the military should be recognized and respected by your employer — that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 veteran-friendly companies that are currently hiring in Texas.

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Technology is ubiquitous — it pervades every aspect of our lives. It’s no wonder that job growth in the tech industry has outpaced private sector job growth by a rate of three to one since 2004.  In a 2012 study by the Bay Area Economic Institute, tech jobs earn between 17% to 27% more other fields, have a low unemployment rate, and offer a demand that will steadily increase through at least the year 2020.

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