Veterans Day is a special day for me. I had the privilege of serving with the U.S. Air Force and I have a deep appreciation for those who have dedicated themselves to service for our country.
That’s why I’m proud to work for a company that has shown a longstanding commitment to supporting the military community. As employers, we are fortunate to benefit from the skills, dedication and discipline that they gain in the military. Ralph Roberts, the founder of Comcast, served in the Navy and he instilled the belief that men and women who served our country make great leaders.
To help codify that philosophy, Comcast NBCUniversal announced that the company would commit to hiring 10,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses by the end of 2017. In 2015 alone, Comcast NBCUniversal made nearly 2,400 military hires, an increase of 38% over 2014. Comcast NBCUniversal also created a whole department dedicated to Military and Veterans initiatives, including providing strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community. For these and other efforts, this year Comcast NBCUniversal was ranked 9th of the Top Companies for Veterans by DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity and was recognized as one of America’s Top Veteran-Friendly Companies by U.S. Veterans Magazine for the 4th consecutive year. In 2015, Comcast earned the 2015 Military Friendly Employers designation and ranked among the Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list by GI Jobs magazine.
Here in New Hampshire, dozens of our employees have self-identified as veterans. We have found, time and again, that the skill sets of military veterans – the ability to work independently, and to be decisive and resourceful, not to mention the technical and engineering skills they often possess – are very compatible with many of our positions. Once veterans are hired, Comcast offers supplemental military pay for employees who are called to active military service for up to one year to make up the difference between an employee’s military pay and what they would earn as a Comcast employee.
I’m also very proud of our local VetNet employee resource group, which is comprised of employee volunteers who have either served or are ardent supporters of the military community, for their efforts to give back to our community. The group has organized fundraisers and championed the military community in a variety of impactful ways, such as conducting food and personal item drives to send care packages to service men and women stationed overseas and sponsoring Veterans oriented events.
At this time of year, I urge everyone to remember those who have served our nation and to take a moment to thank a veteran. Their families deserve our gratitude as well, as they often have to shoulder a great burden while their loved ones serve. I hope other employers also consider joining us in hiring and offering additional support for our veterans and members of the military. Comcast has long recognized that veteran hires bring with them exceptional strengths and unique skills and are an asset in an increasingly competitive workforce. Hiring military talent is good for our nation and good for our business.
Matt Cohen, Vice President of Customer Care, Comcast’s Greater Boston Region in Hudson, NH. Matt lives with his family in Nashua, NH.