J.B. Hunt values what Veterans bring to the work place – specialized skills, a sense of duty, ambition, adaptability and real-world experience. We are confident that we outshine other companies when it comes to recognizing and advancing our military Veteran employees, whether they are transitioning into civilian careers or have been with J.B. Hunt for several years.
Read further to learn more about what makes J.B. Hunt military friendly and how committed we are to the success of Veterans.
1) Hunt’s Heroes Military Hiring Program
J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program, Hunt’s Heroes, continues to grow and offer more assistance and opportunities to Veterans every year. Since its inception in 2014, the program has expanded its local and regional truck driving and its delivery installation specialist opportunities to Veterans of any military occupation, developed an extensive Department of Labor apprenticeship which offers Monthly Housing Allowance payments from the VA to qualified Veterans, and most recently, has begun offering employment opportunities to military spouses.
2) J.B. Hunt Veteran Employee Resource Group
J.B. Hunt’s appreciation for Veterans is woven into our employee culture and highly emphasized within our Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERG). The group is known to ensure the growth of Veterans within the company by enhancing their professional career development and work productivity as well as sponsoring, supporting and developing Veteran events such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and volunteering opportunities.
VERG also recognizes self-identified employee Veterans with J.B. Hunt challenge coins. The challenge coin shows our gratitude and support for our troops within all military branches. Veteran driver Evan was given a coin soon after he began his career at J.B. Hunt.
“I received a commemorative coin from J.B. Hunt today… Thank you! Thanks to the entire company!” he said. “I never expected one from a trucking company… Getting a gift like this is crazy cool. I’m proud to work for a company that prioritizes things like this. I feel supported by you guys. You all very much touched my heart.”
3) Company Support of the ESGR and Veteran Jobs Mission
In 2013, J.B. Hunt proudly signed a Statement of Support through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program and pledged to hire and support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Through this signing, J.B. Hunt has embraced the following:
- Recognize and support our country’s service members and their families and honor the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
- Provide managers with the tools they need to effectively manage National Guard and Reserve employees.
- Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
J.B. Hunt is also a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission, a coalition of now 230 private-sector companies committed to hiring 100,000 U.S. military Veterans by 2020. The Veteran Jobs Mission has collectively hired more than 380,000 Veterans since it began in 2011 and has increased their hiring goal to one million Veterans. J.B. Hunt is excited to be a part of this inspiring mission.
4) Differential Military Pay Policy:
J.B. Hunt understands that employee Guardsmen and Reservists can be called to duty and be absent from their civilian job for many days or weeks. To offer stability, J.B. Hunt pays the difference between a qualified employee’s military compensation and their regular salary. By offering differential pay, we hope to minimize the employee’s loss of income while they are away serving.
5) Observes Veteran Holidays and Events
J.B. Hunt regularly encourages employees to participate in Veteran holidays – Memorial Day and Veterans Day – on a corporate and account level. Employees plan and engage in ceremonies where staff gather to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.
Since 2014, J.B. Hunt has also participated in Wreaths Across America where J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers transport thousands of wreaths to national cemeteries and alongside fellow employees and volunteers, lay them on the headstones of soldiers. We are honored to participate and do our part in remembering our country’s Veterans.
6) Recognized as a Military Friendly® Employer
Our employees aren’t the only ones who find J.B. Hunt to be military friendly. For the past 10 years, J.B. Hunt has been recognized by G.I. Jobs for its commitment in providing Veterans a smooth transition into rewarding civilian careers in transportation. They named J.B. Hunt a 2017 Top 100 Military Friendly® Employer, ranking eighth out of companies with revenue over $1 billion. We find pride in such an achievement and are determined to make our way up the rank.
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Are you a Veteran ready to work with a military friendly company? Call 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about our Hunt’s Heroes program. Looking to drive with J.B. Hunt as a civilian? Call 1-877-791-9458 or fill out a short form online.