Supporting Our Heroes Through Hiring and Volunteerism
Military veterans, as well as National Guard and Reserve members, comprise
7.5 percent of the UPS domestic workforce. And that number is growing. As part
of the White House's Joining Forces program, UPS is committed to hiring 50,000
veterans as well as serve 50,000 employee volunteer hours in support of veterans
and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) by the end of 2018.
UPS will further enhance its commitment by helping veterans transition into
the civilian workforce through increased networking opportunities. This includes
forming new alliances with VSOs, working through government outreach efforts to
veterans, establishing Veteran Business Resource Groups to ensure critical
resources are available within UPS, and by enhancing the level of recognition
for employees who have so honorably served.
It's both a natural and honorable fit for many companies across America
according to Patrick O'Leary, UPS Veterans Affairs manager. Simply stated, he
said it's because veterans make excellent employees and give companies a
"Veterans are special people. Young men and women in this country volunteer
to subject themselves to the toughest physical and mental training on the
planet. People who spent time in the military understand how important it is to
work as a team to be successful. They are dependable people who will seek
out responsibility," O'Leary said.
Applying Military Skills at Work
O'Leary knows firsthand
that his military background helped advance his career. "I got out of the Marine
Corps in September 1978. I returned to Louisville, moved back in with my
parents, enrolled in college, and went looking for a part-time job. A high
school friend was working at UPS and encouraged me to apply. He told me the work
was hard but the pay was great. He was right about both."
Several promotions propelled his UPS career through the decades. O'Leary said
UPS was the perfect employer for him in 1978. More than 35 years
later, he feels the same way, attributing a great deal of his success to his
background. "There is no doubt the skills and experience I obtained in the
Marines served me well at UPS. While in the Marines, I was in positions of
responsibility, managing people, processes, and budgets."
Both Employees and Employers Benefit
Like O'Leary, when
others complete their commitment to the military they leave with skills and
experience that will help with any career and benefit any employer.
"A responsible corporate citizen supports the nation's military. UPS could
not exist without a strong military that assures a stable economy and smooth
global trade," he said, adding employers tend to be grateful to hire veterans
because of their diverse backgrounds. "They deserve to be respected for their
decision to volunteer and honored for their service while in uniform. It's the
employer who should be grateful for the opportunity to employ a veteran."