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Veterans Network (VN)

Building on a strong commitment to military veteran recruitment and development, the GE Veterans
Network (VN) was established in 2009 to create a GE community to support, develop, and promote the
unique characteristics of military veterans throughout GE’s businesses and local communities.
Program Summary
The Veterans Network (VN) was launched at GE in 2009. Our vision is to make GE the employer of choice for veterans, reservists, and guardsmen while creating a GE community of veterans and veteran leaders to support and encourage the career development and growth of all members. We look to serve the veteran community nationwide through national and local community service events organized by our 70 units throughout the U.S. GE currently employs about 10,000 U.S. veterans, which means about one in every 13 U.S. employees at GE is a veteran.
The VN's Focus Areas
The VN's focus areas include a number of activities. Our current top priorities are outlined below.
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Support
GE’s employees serve the veteran population across the country with national and local community service. In 2015, our employees dedicated 16,000 volunteer hours to this mission. 

Hire
GE's “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative was launched with a commitment to hire 5,000 more veterans in a five-year period. The company surpassed that goal in April 2016, eight months ahead of schedule! GE is now focused on a percentage-based goal and is on track to exceed 7 percent veteran hiring this year.

Grow
GE invests in growing the careers of veteran talent through speaking engagements, mentoring, specialized training, and advocacy programs.
Our Key Initiatives
Support for the Guard and Reserve
In 2012, GE renewed its statement of support with the Employers Support for the Guard and Reserve to ensure GE’s reservists and their families have our utmost support. Additionally, in 2009, GE signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Army Reserve to guarantee priority consideration for job interviews for all qualified participating soldiers no later than 30 days after completing military occupational specialty training. GE benefits include a salary differential that ensures GE employees called to active duty maintain the same salary level as when they were working at GE for 36 months of deployment. Healthcare benefits for dependents allow continued healthcare coverage for families of GE employees who are deployed.

Junior Officer Leadership Program (JOLP)
GE offers an experienced leadership program, JOLP, which is designed specifically for commissioned military officers. The program is a unique opportunity to work in three rotations (eight months each) with a GE business. Participants study a broad range of courses including Finance for Non-Financial Managers, Six Sigma Quality, and business-specific electives. Participants in JOLP also benefit from increased visibility to senior-level technical and business leaders, and the opportunity to further their personal development through mentoring and coaching. Learn More

Ride 2 Recovery
GE actively sponsors and supports Ride 2 Recovery, an amazing veteran support organization that helps veterans' long-term health management and well-being through cycling. Ride 2 Recovery’s Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) provides training and support for community-based programs. Learn More

Medal of Honor Foundation
GE also actively sponsors the Medal of Honor Foundation, which sends Medal of Honor recipients to speak at schools and community events, promoting the values of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity, and commitment throughout our country. Learn More
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