AT&T Named As One of the ’Most Military Friendly Employers’ in the U.S. by G.I. Jobs Magazine
Publication Recognizes Company for Military/Veteran Recruiting and Support Programs
San Antonio, Texas.-AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) announced today that G.I. Jobs magazine has included AT&T among its Top 50 Most Military Friendly Employers for the fourth consecutive year. G.I. Jobs is a national monthly publication that provides resources to help members of the military transition into a civilian career. AT&T’s recognition is based on the company’s commitment to veterans and members of the armed forces via recruitment and support programs.
“More than 1,800 AT&T employees have been called to active duty since Sept. 11, and more than 270 are currently serving in the U.S. armed forces,” said Belinda Grant-Anderson, vice president of Workforce Development and Diversity at AT&T. “We are proud of them, and it is vital for us to support them and their families in every way possible.”
AT&T provides multiple benefits to its military employees, including differential pay for those who report to active duty, benefits options for those employees and their families and guaranteed availability of the same or similar position upon an employee’s return from service. The company also pursues recruiting opportunities with active duty, reserve and retired U.S. armed services personnel by attending job fairs and hosting presentations at military transition centers or bases.
AT&T also includes disabled-veteran-owned businesses in the company’s supply chain. AT&T spent $60.6 million with these
firms in 2006, and has a Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) program in place to ensure that they are included among the eligible suppliers that are considered for company contracts.
Earlier this year, AT&T was named one of the Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses by Veterans Business Journal. The company has also been recognized by the Association for Service Disabled Veterans (ASDV) for its unwavering support of programs for service disabled veteran-owned businesses.
One of AT&T’s employee resource groups, the AT&T Veterans, is committed to partnering with and fundraising for organizations that support active duty, reserve and retired U.S. armed services personnel and their families. The group also organizes company-sponsored events in honor of Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
In addition to support from employees, since 2000, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have provided more than $6 million in grants and contributions to organizations that serve active military members and veterans, including the USO, VFW and the American G.I. Forum.
Earlier this week, AT&T announced the donation of 20,000 prepaid phone cards for distribution to military personnel stationed overseas as part of a program to keep members of the U.S. armed forces and their families connected during the holiday season. Including this week’s donation, AT&T has contributed 50,000 prepaid cards this year, valued at more than $450,000, that the USO will distribute to military personnel overseas in November and December 2007. Since January 2006, AT&T has donated more than 450,000 prepaid phone cards — valued at more than $4 million — to help support U.S. military members and their families.
All AT&T-owned retail store locations, more than 1,800 stores in more than 1,100 cities nationwide, serve as mobile phone recycling drop-off sites for Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charitable program benefiting U.S. military families that was started by two teenagers.
The complete list of the Top 50 Most Military Friendly Employers will be included in the December 2007 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine, which will hit newsstands today, in celebration of Veteran’s Day.
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