Recognizing those who've led the way
Each year, Hiring Our Heroes recognizes the tremendous contributions of those who have gone above and beyond to help our nation’s heroes.
About the Awards
Awards are presented to companies and individuals that have developed and applied best practices for addressing the employment challenges faced by America’s veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
The 2021 award recipients will be announced at the 11th Annual Lee Anderson Awards Gala in November.
for Lifetime Achievement
Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award
The Lee Anderson Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award is presented to a company or organization for its overall excellence in hiring, training, and retaining veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Whether through its own work or philanthropic efforts, a successful nominee takes a comprehensive approach to creating economic opportunities for veterans and military spouses and works to close the civilian-military divide. Efforts may include up-skilling/re-skilling opportunities, apprenticeship programs, employee resource groups, HR training efforts, volunteer opportunities for veterans in local communities, and other efforts to empower veterans and military spouses as they search for meaningful careers.
- 2020 Recipient: Amazon
- 2019 Recipient: Prudential Financial
- 2018 Recipient: Deloitte
- 2017 Recipient: Ryder System, Inc.
- 2016 Recipient: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award
The Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award is presented to a company or organization for its commitment and work to empower post-9/11 veterans and transitioning service members as they search for meaningful careers. Leveraging technology and/or innovative programs such as SkillBridge and apprenticeships, these organizations understand the value of post-9/11 veterans and work to enhance their skillsets, prepare them for a modern workforce, and provide opportunities for growth.
- 2020 Recipient: Salesforce
- 2019 Recipient: LinkedIn
- 2018 Recipient: Amazon
- 2017 Recipient: Microsoft
- 2016 Recipient: Hilton Worldwide
Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award
The Wounded Veteran and Military Caregiver Employment Award is presented to a company or organization for its demonstrated leadership in addressing the unique employment challenges faced by wounded warriors and military caregivers and providing pathways to economic stability.
- 2020 Recipient: U.S. Postal Service
- 2019 Recipient: Wounded Warrior Project
- 2018 Recipient: Dog Tag Inc.
- 2017 Recipient: USAA
- 2016 Recipient: Senator Elizabeth Dole, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award
The Military Spouse Employment and Mentoring Award is presented to a company or organization for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to hire military spouses and empower them as they search for meaningful careers. These organizations have a demonstrated track record of recruiting and hiring military spouses, providing them with professional development opportunities and, when possible, working to keep them employed through change-of-duty-station moves. Other important criteria include remote and flexible work opportunities, availability of child care, research to address and enhance military spouse employment, and other philanthropic efforts to empower military spouses and families in local communities.
- 2020 Recipient: First Command Financial Services
- 2019 Recipient: Board of Veterans’ Appeals
- 2018 Recipient: Microsoft
- 2017 Recipient: Booz Allen Hamilton
- 2016 Recipient: Capital One
Nonprofit Leadership Award
The Military Community Nonprofit Leadership Award is presented to a veteran- or military spouse-focused nonprofit with a demonstrated commitment to supporting veteran and military spouse employment and economic opportunity. These organizations take a holistic approach to serving veterans and military spouses, focusing on activities critical to supporting positive economic outcomes such as mental health and wellness, work to close the civilian-military divide, education, and veteran and military spouse community empowerment efforts.
- 2020 Recipient: Operation Gratitude
- 2019 Recipient: PsychArmor Institute
Colonel Michael Endres
Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment
The Colonel Michael Endres Leadership Award for Individual Excellence in Veteran Employment is presented to an individual who has gone above and beyond to make a difference in employment opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, and spouses. Working within a company or organization, to include federal or state agencies, these individuals have a demonstrated track record of creating and launching efforts to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find employment opportunities and help them grow.
- 2020 Recipient: Jim Beamesderfer (Prudential Financial)
- 2019 Recipient: Danny Chung (Microsoft)
- 2018 Recipient: Sean Kelley (Amazon)
- 2017 Recipient: Carol Eggert (Comcast NBCUniversal)
- 2016 Recipient: Michael Kelly (USAA)