CVS Caremark's Vero Beach, Fla., distribution center leads way in hiring veterans, military spouses

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s distribution center in Vero Beach, Fla., is leading the company’s effort to hire veterans and military spouses at its CVS/pharmacy stores, distribution centers and corporate offices nationwide.

On Thursday afternoon, the facility will hold an event to officially launch the hiring effort and to pay tribute to the facility’s dozens of colleagues who are veterans. The celebration will include remarks from CVS Caremark’s chief diversity officer and other company representatives, as well as the Presentation of Colors and the singing of the national anthem.

Each of the facility’s veterans will be presented with a letter of appreciation signed by CVS Caremark president and CEO Larry Merlo, as well as a Military Challenge Coin that CVS Caremark gives to colleagues and other veterans as a token of appreciation for their military service.

In April, CVS Caremark joined the national Joining Forces initiative, a White House program aimed at hiring and training 435,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years. As part of Joining Forces, CVS Caremark has committed to hiring veterans and military spouses for 25% of its new hires in logistics and distribution centers nationwide, which equates to about 1,000 jobs over the next four years. Earlier this year, CVS Caremark was recognized by DiversityInc as one of the Top 10 companies for veterans. Merlo also signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Statement of Support, reiterating the company’s commitment to uniformed servicemen and women and their families.

“CVS Caremark understands and appreciates the values, skills and experiences that veterans and military spouses bring to the job,” stated David Casey, VP, workforce strategies and chief diversity officer at CVS Caremark. “We recognize the sacrifices that veterans and military spouses have made for our country and are honored to provide qualified candidates with meaningful employment opportunities at CVS Caremark. We are proud of our team’s effort to make hiring veterans and their spouses a priority here in Vero Beach and at our locations across the country.”

Thirty-two of the Vero Beach Distribution Center’s 275 employees are veterans. Of those, 22 were hired within the past year. In all, 25% of the facility’s management staff are veterans.

“With one million service members transitioning out of the military over the next several years, our company is poised and ready to add more of these talented individuals to our workforce,” added Ron Link, SVP, logistics at CVS Caremark. “Our Vero Beach Distribution Center has been making a concerted effort to hire veterans and military spouses for months, and our team of colleagues has been enhanced because of it.”

There are more than 5,000 unemployed veterans in the Vero Beach area and the distribution center has made it a priority to hire veterans for a wide array of positions. Later this year, local veterans will be invited to the facility to learn about career opportunities at CVS Caremark locations across the country.

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