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 2023 award recipients will be announced at the 13th 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.
- 2022: Wells Fargo
- 2021: Comcast NBCUniversal
- 2020: Amazon
- 2019: Prudential Financial
- 2018: Deloitte
- 2017: Ryder System, Inc.
- 2016: Lockheed Martin Corp.
- 2015: Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
- 2014: Capital One
- 2013: USAA
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.
- 2022: Indeed
- 2021: Verizon
- 2020: Salesforce
- 2019: LinkedIn
- 2018: Amazon
- 2017: Microsoft
- 2016: Hilton Worldwide
- 2015: Starbucks
- 2014: USAA
- 2013: Toyota Motor Sales, USA
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.
- 2022: Booz Allen Hamilton
- 2020: U.S. Postal Service
- 2019: Wounded Warrior Project
- 2018: Dog Tag Inc.
- 2017: USAA
- 2016: Senator Elizabeth Dole, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
- 2015: APi Group, Inc.
- 2014: Anthony Odierno, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- 2013: Operation PAVE
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.
- 2022: T-Mobile
- 2021: Salesforce
- 2020: First Command Financial Services
- 2019: Board of Veterans’ Appeals
- 2018: Microsoft
- 2017: Booz Allen Hamilton
- 2016: Capital One
- 2015: Prudential Financial
- 2014: Toyota
- 2013: La Quinta Inns & Suites
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.
- 2022: D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
- 2021: Student Veterans of America
- 2020: Operation Gratitude
- 2019: PsychArmor Institute
- 2015: Camo2Commerce
- 2014: FASTPORT
- 2013: International Franchise Association
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.
- 2022: Beau Higgins (Amazon)
- 2021: Laura Schmiegel (Booz Allen Hamilton)
- 2020: Jim Beamesderfer (Prudential Financial)
- 2019: Danny Chung (Microsoft)
- 2018: Sean Kelley (Amazon)
- 2017: Carol Eggert (Comcast NBCUniversal)
- 2016: Michael Kelly (USAA)
- 2015: Keith Nattrass (General Motors)
- 2014: Frank Bisignano (First Data)
- 2013: Evan Guzman (Verizon)
- 2012: Kris Urbauer (General Electric)
The nomination period for the 13th Annual Hiring Our Heroes Awards is now open. A business must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the Awards:
Must currently employ at least one veteran and/or spouse or caregiver of a service member or veteran.
A representative of the nominated business must be able to participate in the 13th Annual Lee Anderson Awards Gala on November 15, 2023.
2023 Sponsorship Opportunities
Limited sponsorship opportunities are available for the 13th Annual Lee Anderson Awards Gala. Contact the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Relations team for information on sponsorships.