The Kroger Co. renewed its commitment to hiring military veterans by encouraging vets seeking employment to visit its website to learn more about job opportunities.
Kroger’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative is an extension of the company’s Honoring Our Heroes program, which aims to support the military and their families through a variety of in-store and online activities.
Kroger’s commitment includes joining several major companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission, with a goal of collectively hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. More than 17,000 veterans have joined Kroger’s ranks since 2009.
“We are grateful that veterans have served Kroger customers for more than a century,” said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and CEO. “Today, hundreds of Kroger associates serve in the armed forces, either as members of reserve units or on active-duty status, and thousands are military veterans. With more veterans coming home, we are continuing this proud tradition through a renewed commitment to recruit our nation’s military and veterans.”
Kroger attended 15 RecruitMilitary veterans career fairs in 2012 and plans to attend 16 in 2013.
Kroger associates recently formed the Kroger Veterans Associate Resource Group, an affinity group that helps fellow veterans connect in the workplace through education, mentoring and networking opportunities.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates 2,425 supermarkets and multidepartment stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's.