We’re honored to have so many military veterans at Johnson & Johnson and we’d like to see even more vets in our ranks. Military women and men are strategic thinkers, decisive, results-oriented, trustworthy and seasoned team leaders. In other words, they’re just what we need at Johnson & Johnson to help us on our mission to change the course of human health for the better.
Johnson & Johnson has a long and proud history of caring for the communities in which we live and work, including caring for our U.S. military heroes and their families. We strive to do our very best to provide them a strong network of support that enables them to serve in an exemplary manner for both their military and civilian responsibilities.
We partner with organizations around the world to display our commitment to honoring our heroes and their families. Showcasing the strength and resilience they demonstrate every day by participating in activities that commemorate their valor and dedication to the community is the least we can do for those who sacrifice so much to serve.
During the war, Johnson & Johnson developed a groundbreaking dressings packet for the unique need of soldiers—outfitted with compact, waterproof casing that could fit in a uniform’s pocket. To meet the urgent need, Johnson & Johnson sent additional dressings to the military at no extra charge.
During World War I, Johnson & Johnson ran round-the-clock shifts to produce sterile dressings, gauze and other medical products to supply the Allied forces, as well as hospitals in the U.S. and Europe.
In 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed General Robert Wood Johnson as the head of the Smaller War Plants Corporation in Washington, D.C. In this role, Johnson managed the wartime contracts for all U.S. factories with fewer than 500 employees.
In 1943, the U.S. Army turned to Johnson & Johnson to manufacture “duct tape,” a sturdy, cloth-based, waterproof tape. The idea of Vesta Stoudt, an ordnance plant worker with two sons in the Navy, duct tape was originally used in munitions packaging and then by soldiers to repair just about anything.
In 1945, Johnson & Johnson pioneered LUMITE® plastic screen cloths, which reduced soldiers' exposure to disease-carrying insects during World War II.
During World War II, Johnson & Johnson introduced nylon dental floss. Previously, silk had been used to make floss; however, during the conflict, the material was largely allocated for parachute manufacturing.
During the Korean War, Johnson & Johnson produced large quantities of surgical dressings, sponges, adhesive tape, splints and other medical supplies for the armed forces and for emergency civilian use, increasing manufacturing shifts to meet the demand.
In 1967, during the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army noted that Johnson & Johnson was the No. 1 supplier of medical supplies to the U.S. armed forces.
In 1968, Johnson & Johnson partnered with the USO to provide care packages containing personal care products to soldiers serving in Vietnam. Today, Johnson & Johnson is the Official Healthcare Partner of the USO.
Continuing a long-standing tradition during times of conflict, Johnson & Johnson employees wrote letters to those who served, providing a lifeline to home.