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Safeway expands support of military veterans

BY Michael Johnsen

PLEASANTON, Calif. — Safeway on Friday announced it will expand its support of America’s military veterans by hiring at least 1,000 military veterans in 2013 to add to the 1,300 hired to-date in 2012. In addition, the company is raising money this Veterans Day weekend for organizations that help veterans recover from service-related injuries and/or return to the civilian workforce.

"We are honored to assist those who have protected our freedom at home and abroad," stated Larree Renda, Safeway EVP and chair of The Safeway Foundation. "Likewise, we have tapped into the knowledge and leadership skills of these remarkable professionals to enhance our workforce. We urge other companies to do the same and benefit from the talent that comes with military experience."

The hiring and financial commitments reinforce Safeway’s longstanding dedication to honoring and supporting the country’s military. From donating and shipping more than 2,000 care packages to soldiers serving overseas, to continuing full benefits for Safeway employees who are called from reserve to active duty, to training and placing veterans into highly sought-after positions, the company continually demonstrates its appreciation to those who serve in the military, the grocer stated.

Though Safeway has supported the Armed Forces and military personnel for years, 2012 marks the second year that the company has dedicated the three-day Veterans Day weekend to raising money for key veteran-related causes. In 2011, the company raised $1 million for the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that provides medical and emotional support to "wounded warriors" who incurred service-related injuries on or after Sept. 11, 2001. This year, The Safeway Foundation’s Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 fundraising effort in most stores will also benefit various organizations and outreach programs that help veterans gain the skills and resources necessary to transition to civilian jobs.  

In addition to the goal of hiring more than 1,000 military veterans both in 2012 and 2013, Safeway has created a Junior Military Officer and Non-Commissioned Officer program to train and place veterans in top store and backstage leadership positions. The 41-week intensive training program includes a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring, classroom seminars, job shadowing and independent study, as well as participating in numerous department and key leadership strategy sessions. At the end of the program, participants are qualified to hold a number of leadership positions, including store manager and warehouse superintendent.

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Kroger renews commitment to hire returning vets

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Thursday announced a renewed commitment to hiring veterans of the United States Armed Forces. The company is encouraging military veterans seeking employment to visit www.HonoringOurHeroes.com to learn more and find links to apply for a job.

"We are grateful that veterans have served Kroger customers for more than a century," stated David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. "Today, hundreds of Kroger associates serve in the armed forces, either as members of reserve units or on active-duty status, and thousands are military veterans. With more veterans coming home, we are continuing this proud tradition through a renewed commitment to recruit our nation’s military and veterans."

Kroger’s commitment includes joining several major companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, with a goal of collectively hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. More than 17,000 veterans have joined Kroger’s ranks since 2009.

Kroger’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative is an extension of the company’s Honoring Our Heroes program, which aims to support the military and their families through a variety of in-store and online activities. The company plans to attend 16 RecruitMilitary veterans career fairs in 2013.

 

 

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Weis Markets launches second annual Believe in Heroes promotion to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. — Weis Markets on Thursday announced the launch of its second annual Believe in Heroes promotion to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that raises awareness and enlists public support for the needs of injured service members. Weis has set a goal to raise more than its inaugural $100,000 donation, made in 2011. 

"Weis customers are always incredibly generous, especially when we ask them to help us assist the men and women who’ve honorably served our country," stated Kurt Schertle, EVP Weis Markets. "We’re confident that together we can make an impact for the Wounded Warrior Project and help to raise much-needed funds to support these servicemen and women for having sacrificed so much for our country."

Weis customers may contribute to the Believe in Heroes program by purchasing select products from brand names including Ore-Ida, Dannon, Gerber, Sargento and many more with the special Wounded Warrior Project label. Customers may also purchase Wounded Warrior Project bracelets or magnets selling for $1.00 each, and reusable tote bags for $2.99.

The program will run in all 162 Weis stores through December.

 

 

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