USAA / SHRM Foundation Ambassador Program

Supporting Our
Military Community

The SHRM Foundation, alongside the generous support and visionary partnership of USAA and the USAA Foundation, is committed to transforming the approach of HR professionals in attracting, hiring and retaining members of the military community. Together, we strive to provide high-quality education and resources designed to ensure the success of transitioning service members, veterans and their families in the workplace.

We Are Committed to Empowering HR Professionals to Attract, Hire and Retain Members of the Military Community 

Harriet Dominique

Wendi Safstrom

Chief Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility Officer & President, USAA Foundation, Inc.

Executive Director of the SHRM Foundation

"The SHRM Foundation is incredibly grateful for USAA / USAA Foundation's continued investment in our critical work to empower HR professionals to attract, hire and retain members of the military community. In order to help employers prepare for post-COVID-19 employment, the SHRM Foundation has committed to providing SHRM's membership base of 300,000 HR professionals and people managers with the tools and resources they need to actively and effectively recruit and retain members of the military community.”

"Members of the military community bring unique skill sets, diverse backgrounds and leadership to our workplaces. SHRM and the SHRM Foundation are doing important work to help recruit, hire and retain these individuals into meaningful and impactful roles by equipping hiring companies with the tools and resources needed to establish and grow military hiring programs within their organizations. USAA and the USAA Foundation, Inc., are committed to improving lives in the military wherever they are in their journey."

We provide education and
resources to HR professionals

THE CASE FOR MILITARY HIRING

Members of the military community face significant barriers to finding meaningful, long-term employment. The emergence of COVID-19 has contributed to those barriers greatly—with veteran unemployment rising to 11.8 percent in April 2020*.


To understand the implications of these barriers on military community employment, the SHRM Foundation, with support from USAA, conducted research to understand the challenges employers face as they seek to attract and retain transitioning service members and veterans, as well as the tools and resources HR professionals say they need in order to strengthen their military community inclusion initiatives.


This research report, Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran Workforce: A Renewed Call to Action Amid COVID-19, along with its companion presentation, provide a clear business case for the immeasurable value of hiring and training this highly skilled group of workers. Professionals and advocates alike can utilize these resources to effectively communicate this business case within their workforce.

* COVID-19 Military Support Initiative (CMSI) Pain Points Poll

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THE POTENTIAL OF THE VETERAN WORKFORCE

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Why should organizations hire
members of the military community?

82%

96%

63%

85%

of HR professionals say that the talent pool of veterans is embedded with diversity of gender, race and age.

of HR professionals say that veterans are uniquely trained to work through chaotic times.

of HR professionals say that, compared to civilians, veterans are more resilient remote/virtual workers.

of HR professionals, managers and senior-level leaders reported positive experiences working with military spouses.

USAA/SHRM Foundation research. (2020). Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran Workforce: A Renewed Call to Action Amid COVID-19

USAA/SHRM Foundation research. (2020). Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran Workforce: A Renewed Call to Action Amid COVID-19

USAA/SHRM Foundation research. (2020). Unlocking the Potential of the Veteran Workforce: A Renewed Call to Action Amid COVID-19

Become a USAA/SHRM
Foundation Ambassador

The USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador program will mobilize volunteer HR leaders to serve as force multipliers in combatting the significant and negative financial impact COVID-19 and other significant barriers have created to employment opportunities for transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses.


In their roles, USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassadors will engage local professionals through training programs for HR professionals, ensuring employers are equipped with the requisite tools and skills necessary to include the military community in their hiring practices.

JOIN US IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR VETERAN EMPLOYMENT!

Complete and submit the Ambassador application form.

Begin to make a difference as a USAA/SHRM Foundation Ambassador!

COMING
SOON

In 2021, the SHRM Foundation will be conducting training workshops and convenings available to HR professionals, people managers and business leaders. These events will provide participants the latest research, resources and tools for implementing equitable and inclusive HR practices that create opportunities for members of the military community.

To learn more, contact us at veteransatwork@shrm.org

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