The Veteran Employer Champions program was created after a statewide survey was launched at the Governor’s Veteran Symposium in October 2017 with the goal of building an employer network to create programming and peer-to-peer learning for organizations interested in recruiting, hiring and developing veterans in the workplace.
The City of Tulsa is taking a lead effort in expanding employment opportunities for veterans within the Tulsa community.
“The City of Tulsa is dedicated to building a community where veterans are honored for their service and sacrifice with economic opportunities, quality healthcare and support of the community,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “We hope to grow a strong and robust network for military personnel, veterans and their families as we cultivate meaningful employment opportunities here in Tulsa.”
The Community Service Council and the Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma Employment Committee developed a scoring rubric and survey process to carefully identify Veteran Employer Champions in Oklahoma and the Tulsa region. This is the first year for the Veteran Employer Champions recognition.
To become recognized as a Veteran Employer Champion, companies must meet six benchmarks, including: Veteran hiring and recruiting; veteran resource groups, onboarding, or buddy programs; veteran programs and community support; veteran employee resources and/or supports; veteran executive sponsor leading veteran strategies; and guard and reserve employee supports.
The 13 companies recognized today include: American Electric Power/Public Service Company of Oklahoma; Baker Hughes, a GE Company; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; CenturyLink; Chesapeake Energy; Enterprise Holdings; FlyingTee; Goodwill Industries of Tulsa; Lowe’s; Northeastern State University; ONEOK; Spirit AeroSystems and Tactical Electronics.
“Recognizing these companies as Veteran Employer Champions is a big step in helping Oklahoma become a more veteran-friendly region,” said Pete Luitwieler, Program Manager for Community Service Council’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections and Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma programs. “We will continue to identify champions and grow this network, which will include peer learning opportunities for employers to best support the veterans in their workforce.”
Partners of the Veteran Employer Champions are the City of Tulsa, Community Service Council, DR Consulting, Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs and Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma.
If a company is interested in becoming a Veteran Employer Champion, please contact Pete Luitwieler, Program Manager for CSC’s Oklahoma Veteran Connections and Warrior Partnerships of Eastern Oklahoma, firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Tulsa Veterans Resource Center: www.cityoftulsa.org/veterans
Community Service Council Veterans Resource: https://csctulsa.org/veterans-support/