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Joining forces for veterans

Raytheon enlists in the White House campaign to employ America's veterans

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a meet and greet with service members, in support of the Joining Forces initiative, at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, Nov. 3, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Raytheon has a longstanding, deep commitment to hiring military veterans. And now, it has a powerful ally in that effort: The White House.

Raytheon has enlisted in Joining Forces, the White House initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to unite private companies with the public sector in support of veterans and military families. Joining Forces aims to provide veterans and military spouses with employment, education and wellness services, ensuring they have every opportunity to succeed.

It's especially fitting that Raytheon is joining this effort. Some 17 percent of the company's workforce are veterans; that's one in every six employees. Many others are spouses or family members of active duty military personnel.

Careers for military spouses

Sandy Brown has followed her husband, Col. Erik Brown, to four states and two countries over the past 15 years. Despite the frequent moves, Sandy has steadily climbed the corporate ladder at Raytheon, where she serves as director, program management. She telecommutes from her home in Colorado Springs.

"Raytheon has been as much my community as has the Army," Brown said. "It was wonderful to know I didn't have to rebuild my career every time we moved."

When military families and transitioning veterans consider what companies to work for, Brown adds, they should review the prospective employer's commitment to veterans. "See if they're actively supporting veterans and their families, but also look closely at the work the company does," she said. "It should be something you want to be a part of; something that you value."

In an op/ed in The Wall Street Journal, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden wrote that "Veterans and military spouses like...Sandy also bring plenty of hard-won life skills: an exacting sense of discipline; a commitment to executing missions perfectly every time; the ability to juggle competing priorities; experience managing diverse teams in high-pressure situations."

A network for veterans

In 2014, Raytheon established RAYVETS, or Raytheon’s Veterans Network, a resource group for its employee veterans. The group goes beyond the company to help veterans in its local communities, and to help all Raytheon employees to better understand and support veterans.

For Raytheon, veterans deliver unique experience, product knowledge and customer-centric insights to the company. They form a generation of professionals who understand the importance of leadership, discipline and perseverance. The result is a competitive advantage that allows the company to do more to serve customers and protect service men and women.

Joining Forces places special emphasis on employment in the high tech sector, in order to create technology career roadmaps for veterans and support innovation across the nation.

Continuing education is a major focus of the company's effort, with an emphasis on inspiring tomorrow's professionals to develop and sustain an interest in science, technology, engineering and math - the subjects collectively known as STEM. In 2015, Raytheon launched $10 million in new, multi-year partnerships with two organizations that help military families succeed:

With $5 million from Raytheon, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have created enhanced technology centers and new STEM programs for the children of military families.

Raytheon also invested $5 million in a partnership with Student Veterans of America, the world's largest network of student veteran groups. The partnership is helping student veterans reach their higher education and career goals in an effort that embodies Raytheon's commitment and blazes its trail to future growth.

Last Updated: 05/05/2016

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