Chrysler Group lent its support to the U.S. Veteran's Administration's (VA) efforts to identify employment and business opportunities for the nation's veterans by participating in the VA's National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo held in Detroit beginning June 26. As the largest nationwide conference of its kind, this event focuses on helping veterans and veteran-owned businesses identify and optimize employment and business opportunities.
Chrysler Group representatives from a range of functions were available at the event's career fair to meet with veterans interested in seeking job opportunities at Chrysler Group. In addition, the company's supplier diversity team was on hand to counsel veteran-owned businesses on how to become suppliers to the automotive industry, connecting veterans with company buyers who can introduce them to Chrysler Group's Tier 1 supplier community.
"Chrysler Group is proud of the service our veterans have provided to our country," said Nancy A. Rae, Senior VP, Human Resources, Chrysler Group LLC. "The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo will be a unique opportunity for our team to recruit veterans to join Chrysler Group and be part of our company's success in the future."
In 2011, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve of Southeast Michigan, a U.S. Department of Defense agency, presented its employer leadership award to Chrysler Group for the Company's longstanding support for employees on active military duty. The company is also a past recipient of the U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Chrysler Group currently has 24 employees on active military leave. Among Chrysler Group's U.S. employees, 218 are currently active or inactive Reservists. Nearly 4,200 current employees are military veterans.