Our vets deserve our support — not just on Memorial Day, but every day.
Last year, we introduced our Esurance Veterans Engagement Team and Supporters (EVETS) as a way of supporting veterans in the workplace. EVETS is an employee resource group designed to foster business development and serve as a valuable support mechanism for veterans and their families. It also creates career opportunities and acknowledges the distinct challenges that veterans often face in the workplace.
Supporting veterans in the workplace
According to the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, there are roughly 21 million veterans in the U.S. — that’s a large (and often underserved) population of job seekers and workers. But, due to the inherent stresses of serving in the military, especially on active duty, it’s often difficult for vets to transition from military jobs to office jobs.
Through EVETS, we hope to ease this transition by offering career development opportunities along with a supportive and inclusive environment. Additionally, EVETS offers Esurance associates who are current or former military personnel (or who are spouses, siblings, or supporters of veterans) a forum to share their common interest in topics relating to veterans. It’s our way of honoring and appreciating all the brave men and women who’ve served our country.
Partnerships to benefit veterans
Esurance makes a point to include and support veterans in our partnerships with several organizations. Since 2008, for example, our partnership with Recycled Rides has helped repair and refurbish totaled vehicles for families in need. In that time, we’ve donated 7 vehicles to veterans or veterans’ organizations.
Another recent partnership with Caliber Collision allowed us to assist Melanie Morales, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 2004–2008. Since her discharge from the Navy, adapting to civilian life has been a struggle for Melanie. Despite on-the-job training and experience in medical administration for the Navy — including a year at a U.S. facility in Japan — finding steady employment back home was much more difficult than she anticipated.
With the help of U.S. VETS, Melanie received certification as a nurse’s aide and found a job at a local hospital. Public transportation isn’t a safe or convenient option for Melanie, who works the graveyard shift and has a 6-year-old son, but by teaming up with Caliber Collision and their repair team, Esurance was able to donate a refurbished 2004 Dodge Avenger to her. This “recycled ride” will serve as another milestone in her journey towards independence and financial stability.
Thanking vets and all our armed forces
While we work hard every day to appreciate our veteran heroes, on Memorial Day more than ever we extend our gratitude to all the brave men and women who have served our country … those who have returned and those who have not.
Learn more about veteran challenges in the workplace and find out what you can do to help using these resources:
U.S. VETS United States Veterans Initiative
Diversity Inc. Veterans in the Workplace: Help Them Make the Transition
Hire Heroes USA Creating Job Opportunities for US Military Veterans and their Spouses