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SBC Communications Named One of America’s Most Military-Friendly Employers


Company Receives Award for Commitment to U.S. Armed Forces and Military Veterans

San Antonio, Texas, November 11, 2005

For the second consecutive year, SBC Communications Inc. has been named one of America’s “Top 25 Most Military-Friendly Employers” by G.I. Jobs magazine.

“SBC is honored to, once again, be named to this list of companies that recognize the value of our country’s armed forces,” said Karen Jennings, senior executive vice president of human resources and communications for SBC Communications Inc. “We encourage other companies to commit resources to hiring veterans and to support the military and their families.”

SBC Communications was selected out of hundreds of companies for inclusion in the G.I. Jobs Top 25 list based on the company’s dedication to supporting the military through events and programs, hiring a large percentage of military veterans, and maintaining policies that ensure reservist employees and their families continue to receive compensation when the soldier is called to active duty.

In addition to its commitment to hiring veterans, SBC companies have been a pioneer and leader in the inclusion of disabled-veteran-owned business enterprises in the corporate supply chain. In 2004, SBC Communications spent more than $14.3 million with disabled-veteran-owned businesses as part of its commitment to providing economic development opportunities to diverse suppliers through its supplier diversity programs. SBC Communications has received numerous accolades for the company’s support and for its commitment to the military and veterans, including:

* National Patriot Award (Association for Service Disabled Veterans)

* The DVBE Program of the Year Award (U.S. Small Business Administration)

* Top 10 Most Veteran-Friendly Corporate Supplier Diversity Programs list (Veterans Business Journal)

By positioning diversity as a strategic initiative that meets bottom-line results and by promoting inclusion, SBC companies ensure that its employees and minority-owned, women-owned, and disabled-veteran-owned businesses feel valued and have continued opportunities to grow and succeed.

For more information about SBC Communications and the company’s commitment to diversity, visit

SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries, operating under the SBC brand, provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 52 million wireless customers. SBC companies provide high-speed DSL Internet access lines to more American consumers than any other provider and are among the nation’s leading providers of Internet services. SBC companies also offer satellite TV service. Additional information about SBC and SBC products and services is available at


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