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 21 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 over 4,500 veterans, and since the beginning of 2017, over 2,750 veteran and military spouse employees joined the company. Leidos is committed to supporting veterans and military spouses 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, Leidos received numerous awards and recognition, including Victory Media's Military Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer, Military Times Best for Vets, and U.S. Veteran's Magazine Best of the Best Top Veteran-Friendly Companies. Furthermore, we were also named to the inaugural VETS Indexes List. Launched in July, 2017, the index includes publicly traded companies that support the hiring and professional development of veterans.
Leidos has a signed pledge supporting the ESGR (Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve), as well as ongoing national and state veteran and military spouse hiring initiatives with Hiring Our Heroes and their Hiring 100,000 Military Spouse Campaign, Virginia Values Veterans, and Maryland’s Military Career Corps Connect Program. We participated in the award demonstration for the new Department of Labor HIRE Vets Medallion Program and will submit for the official award once the application process opens for 2019. Additional information is available in the Awards & Partnerships section of our Operation MVP homepage.
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. We have pledged to hire 45 military spouses by July 2021 through The Hiring 100,000 Military Spouse Campaign mentioned above. 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.