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Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Walgreens committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. Walgreens is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company. Learn more.
Walgreens recently announced a pledge to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years.
The company has also created the national Helping Veterans with Education and Retail Opportunities (HERO) program so that veterans not only have a job but a path to leadership and future success.
Stephen Johnson, an Army veteran and Walgreens regional vice president, says that hiring veterans doesn't just benefit former military families; it helps Walgreens too.
"Our customers are from all of America, and we want our employees to reflect that," he said. "We accept Tricare and have many military patrons near military bases, so why not hire veterans? We want to feed the future leadership of Walgreens so employees can work their way up the leadership chain."
Each year in honor of Veterans Day, retailers, restaurants, and even a number of hotels use the mid-November holiday as a way to show their thanks for the sacrifices made by current and former military personnel. Whether it’s a free side of bottomless steak fries and some pop, or a complimentary stay at select bed and breakfasts, it’s a small way that business can show their appreciation and give thanks to veterans on and around Nov. 11.
If you are a military spouse, you may have faced more than a few obstacles in finding a job that provides the flexibility, longevity, and portability needed to fit your family’s military lifestyle. The constant transitions, added burdens, and the emotional ups and downs of being married to a service member can be hard.
The old saying that “amateurs talk tactics; professionals talk logistics” is as true in business as it is in the military. Whether a company needs to get products onto store shelves or spare parts to vital customers, it all comes down to logistics. No matter what your MOS was, you spent a lot of your military career on logistics. Put that experience to good use with these great companies today.
Health care is a broad field that touches the lives of everyone. It’s also a field with a ton of growth potential. Physician assistant and nurse practitioner jobs are expected to grow by 30% between 2014 and 2024, which is significantly higher than most of the national average. Though these require advanced degrees, they are certainly worthwhile to consider if you have a medical background — military or otherwise. Veterans who have worked in or around hospitals and clinics, in any type of medical support or administrative role, will want to explore these exciting jobs that are available through Hirepurpose partner companies.
Numerous Hirepurpose partner companies have industry-leading training programs or entry-level opportunities that will eventually lead to long and exciting careers. These military-friendly companies have locations all over the United States, and since many of them don’t require applicants to have four-year degrees, they’re perfect for transitioning service members, veterans, and student vets. Take a look.