APS recently hosted an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve training attended by more than two dozen managers from Valley businesses highlighting veterans and companies that employ them.
With more than 600,000 veterans living in Arizona, supporting veteran, Guard and Reserve personnel is important to Arizona companies like APS, where veterans account for 20 percent of the workforce, according to a press release noting that the training is meant to help managers understand the employment laws associated with returning service members.
The training provided exposure to ESGR’s role and the employment laws that protect employees who are mobilized to support worldwide active duty missions, the release said. ESGR works to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Service members and their civilian employers.
Don Brandt, APS chairman, president and CEO re-signed a Statement of Support to ESGR reaffirming APS’s commitment to its veteran employees.
“As a company, the hiring of veterans is more than just a box to be checked on an employment form. It is a statement of support for the men and women of our nation’s armed forces, and quite simply, it’s just good business,” said Mr. Brandt in a prepared statement. “Veterans bring a superb and diverse skill set to companies and naturally tend to be leaders within an organization. I’m proud that APS was able to host today’s training, which will make a difference for veterans and the companies that employ them.”
According to the release, APS works to foster an inclusive environment for veterans, including creating a veterans’ employee networking group focusing on volunteerism, retention and the transition from active duty to civilian life. APS employs 1,200 veterans and hopes to build community support for veterans in the workplace by promoting the success of its own veteran support processes and through partnerships with organizations like ESGR.