Feb. 23, 2017—Service King met with members of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Army’s Soldier For Life Program to discuss opportunities and strategies to better serve Army veterans and families.
The Tuesday meeting inside the company’s North Texas home office included a discussion of Service King’s Mission 2 Hire program. The meeting included Lt. Col. Derwin Brown as well as representatives from Service King’s senior executive team and recruiting teams. Service King has now hosted representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense twice in the last 12 months following a March 2016 visit from Michael Michaud, former U.S. assistant secretary of labor for Veterans Employment and Training (VETS). Brown currently serves as Soldier For Life’s director of the west region.
The Mission 2 Hire program is just a small part of an industry-wide effort to bring more veterans into the trade as an employee shortage plagues collision repair shops across the country. There are plenty of ways for your shop to get involved.
Service King’s Mission 2 Hire officially launched in May 2015 and has already successfully recruited and hired more than 200 military veterans and spouses to the company putting the program ahead of its five-year goal. Veterans and military spouses interested in a career with Service King are encouraged to visit the custom-built website at Mission2Hire.careers. The site provides in-depth information about Service King and current career opportunities with the organization.
“Service King takes immense pride in actively reaching out to military veterans and families across the U.S. with real, gainful employment opportunities at every level of our organization,” said Sean Huurman, Service King chief human resources officer. "The Mission 2 Hire initiative is our public pledge to provide those opportunities to more than 500 veterans and military spouses in five years. It’s a privilege to work alongside the U.S. Army Soldier For Life program and seek their expert guidance in making as large and meaningful of an impact as we can for those who so bravely served our country.”
The U.S. Army’s Soldier For Life program aims to connect Army, governmental, and community efforts to build relationships that facilitate successful reintegration of soldiers, retired soldiers, veterans and their families. Soldier For Life provides comprehensive support programs and resources including job listings, hiring fair listings, career tools and more. Meanwhile, Service King is an active member of the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, a joint initiative among leading U.S. businesses to actively recruit military veterans to their organizations.