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Leidos has a long-standing commitment to supporting military veterans and their families.
Leidos has a strong affinity with the military, both in our lines of business and in our workforce. We are proud that 20 percent of our workforce are military veterans. We assist veterans through the often difficult transition from military life to a career in the private sector. Since 2014, we have hired nearly 2,000 veterans. Leidos is committed to supporting veterans as they pursue challenging and rewarding careers within our many business areas.
Our dedicated military veteran outreach program is called Operation MVP (Military Veteran Program). Through this program, Leidos teams with military transition centers, military associations, and veteran organizations in an effort to identify and hire separating and retiring military veterans. The Operation MVP team participates in specific career development and networking events geared towards the veteran and military dependent/caregiver population, and stays actively engaged with military transition offices, Department of Labor representatives, as well as veteran non-profit and membership organizations. We further help wounded warriors by providing career workshops, offering help with résumé building and interview preparation, and conducting job fairs and interview events.
For our efforts, we have received numerous awards and recognition, including Victory Media's Top 100 Military Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer, Military Times Best for Vets, CivilianJobs.com's Most Valuable Employers for Military, and U.S. Veteran's Magazine Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies. Leidos was ranked #43 on the Military Times "Best for Vets" Employers for 2016, based on 2015 data. For a full list, visit https://www.leidos.com/careers/operation-mvp#Rankings.
Joining Forces is a White House initiative to encourage veteran hiring spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden and led by the Center for New American Security. The comprehensive national initiative intends to mobilize all sectors of society to give U.S. service members, veterans and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Leidos works hand-in-hand with Joining Forces, as well as other national and state veteran hiring initiatives such as ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve), Virginia Values Veterans, and Operation Hire Maryland. Additional information is available in the Awards & Partnerships section of our Operation MVP homepage.
In May 2016, Leidos took part in the Joining Forces 5th Anniversary Ceremony at the White House, where new private sector hiring and training commitments for Veterans and Military Spouses were announced. For more information, read the White House press release here.
Military spouses are often overlooked in armed forces support efforts. That's why Leidos opens our doors to military spouses and offers flexibility to those already on our team. Leidos participates in the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which provides targeted recruitment and employment solutions designed to create connections between military spouses and companies. Our employees with spouses in the military are often asked to uproot due to redeployment. We do our best to place those employees at Leidos locations closer to their new homes.