Military service members who are transitioning to civilian life face many questions that can be stressful - where to live, what’s best for the family and which job and what company understands and values the skills I’ve cultivated during my military career? The American Red Cross has a long tradition of supporting transitioning veterans and their families and it is reflected by the 2017 Military Friendly® Employers designation by Victory Media.
“The American Red Cross has a long tradition of hiring veterans who serve at all levels of the organization,” said Javona Braxton, senior advisor for HR Talent Acquisition Programs and Operations at the American Red Cross. “We recognize that veterans share a commitment to service and possess leadership abilities necessary to fulfill our humanitarian mission. It is because of these qualities that the Red Cross actively seeks and recruits top military talent to support our efforts.”
The Military Friendly® Employers designation distinguishes elite companies who claim the strongest job opportunities, hiring practices and retention programs for transitioning service members seeking civilian employment. The designation is the result of an extensive survey that asks in-depth questions about a company’s lifecycle of military employees such as:
- How do employers attract and hire military employees?
- How do employers develop military employees?
- Does the company have policies and practices in place to support military employees along the way?
Currently, the Red Cross workforce includes approximately 20,500 employees located in offices across the United States and around the world. An estimated 10% of those employees are transitioning military or veterans. They excel in positions such as phlebotomists, nurses, logisticians, emergency management experts, project managers, preparedness experts, and leaders for Red Cross chapters across the country.
“I was looking for a way to continue serving my country and my friends still in the military. This job lets me use the talents and leadership skills I honed during my twenty-plus years in the Marines,” said Gerald Thomas, Major, USMC, Retired and Service to the Armed Forces project manager. “I was pleasantly surprised to find a myriad of employment opportunities at the Red Cross and was even given the chance to continue working in the military and veteran communities.”
The Red Cross has been providing support to the men and women in the United States military since its inception over 135 years ago. Ensuring veterans have a more than suitable workplace to turn to as they transition home is an excellent example of the commitment of the Red Cross to the men and women who serve.
If you’re a veteran or a military member transitioning out of the armed services and want to learn more about careers in the Red Cross go to Red Cross Careers.