With more than 21-million military veterans living in the United States today and more than a million more expected to return home over the next several years, this is an important chapter in American history.
Caring for the communities in which we live and work is core to us at Johnson & Johnson, and supporting the health and wellness of veterans and their families is one of the ways we’re living up to the promise made in Our Credo.
Look across the company and you will see that we’re actively partnering with organizations that are helping veterans reconnect with their families after they’ve been apart due to service. We’re also conducting and supporting innovative research into the specialized care veterans require today, and will potentially need as they age, as well as creating employment opportunities for veterans and their families.
One of the most important things our veterans need right now is to make connections with people in the business world so they can explore possible career paths. Many have never worked outside of the military and have very little information about where to start.
That’s why I’m proud Johnson & Johnson is partnering with American Corporate Partners (ACP) – a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring our veterans. ACP is providing mentoring support to more than 2,000 veterans around the country, and we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface. They’re building an online community – http://acp-advisornet.org – where you can go online and sign up to mentor our military men and women and their immediate family members on essential topics like preparing a resume, interviewing skills, how to start a small business, or to find out about funding options so they can advance their education.
To raise awareness of their important service, I am honored to have been asked to support their new Public Service Campaign which will be airing on major national television networks through the spring.
I find it rewarding to support and encourage the brave men and women of our military, and I am personally mentoring veterans through ACP-Advisornet.org. I hope that you will join me by signing up to share your insights as well, because their service deserves our service.
It only takes 15 minutes to mentor someone, and if you sign up, you’ll be joining a community that’s committed to helping ensure the success of our veterans. Once you do it you’ll see firsthand just how rewarding it is.