Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to honor all of the industry’s veterans and take a moment to highlight what many auto glass companies are doing today, and every day, to honor them.
Many industry companies have made a commitment to hire veterans and one company was recently recognized for doing just that.
A Precision Auto Glass, based in Mobile, Ala., was recognized with a Gold award in the small company category by the U.S. Department of Labor in its 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards. The company was one of 427 honored for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans. The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“The recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards demonstrated a commitment to hiring veterans and helping them develop meaningful, long-term careers,” said Scalia. “From small-town businesses to Fortune 500 companies, these employers understand that veterans are uniquely qualified and dedicated employees who make significant contributions in the workplace.”
The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) went into effect in 2017. In 2018, the Department conducted a Program Demonstration and recognized 239 employers in anticipation of the official program’s launch in 2019.
Recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards attested to meeting the rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; and/or compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans.
Saint-Gobain also has made a commitment to hiring veterans through its Veterans Employee Resource Group (ERG). The ERG is charged with bringing visibility and awareness to the needs of the company’s current and potential veteran associates and supporters.
“The Veterans ERG works to understand the specific needs of veterans, whether they are current or potential Saint-Gobain employees, to create a better workplace for them and, in turn, leverage their unmatched skill-set,” said Terry Farrell, Saint-Gobain’s NA IP telephony voice services project manager and the chairman of the Veterans Employee Resource Group. “We prioritize everything from developing forms of communication for those without computers, to creating better recruiting practices for veterans specifically. Saint-Gobain not only works to honor veterans, but also create a space for them to excel in the workplace.”
Many companies are offering discounts for those who have served including Ohio’s Defender Auto Glass, which has offered discounts during its Veterans Appreciation Week.
“At Defender Auto Glass, we greatly appreciate the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. That’s why we want to extend Veterans Day into an entire Veterans Appreciation Week! From November 6–10, we will be offering veterans and their families free chip repairs at our Mentor Repair Facility or 15% off glass replacements,” according to the company website.
“Some of my employees are veterans and many of my customers are veterans,” said Defender president, C.J. Paterniti. “They risked their lives to serve our country and I want to give back any way I can.”