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Have you hired a veteran today?

November 7, 2009
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With Veterans Day upon us, we are reminded to thank a veteran for his or her service and to honor the memories of those who fought for our country and did not come home. But in the business community, we can do more than that, all year long, by bringing veterans into our organizations.

I have seen firsthand the special contributions that employees with military experience make in the work force.

Comcast has identified the recruitment of employees with military experience as a key component of ensuring a diverse work force. Employees with military experience walk in the door already knowing a lot about leadership and teamwork. They also have experience working in large organizations and [have] highly developed problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills. 

In our Indianapolis office, for example, former U.S. Army infantryman and Gulf War veteran Brad Harvey works as a technician with our local technical operations team. Brad’s job is to support customers in their homes and businesses—installing new services, teaching customers how to use them and making repairs—and he has distinguished himself as someone who goes the extra mile for customers, every time.

Recognizing as a company that this kind of performance among individuals with military experience is the rule, not the exception, we do a significant amount of outreach to veterans. Beyond the requirement that we hold a job for individuals who are deployed overseas, we also offer differential pay for those employees who join Comcast with continuing deployment obligations.

So, if they are called to service, we cover the difference between their Comcast salary and their military pay for up to a year, lessening the burden for them and their families when they are away. This is one way we show these employees that we appreciate the sacrifices they are making for our country and the contributions they are making to our company.

I encourage the business community to salute our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day and to keep an eye out for their resumes all year long. It’s not just good behavior. It’s good business.

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Scott Tenney
Senior vice president
Indianapolis Region, Comcast

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