One of my most enjoyable roles outside of my work as an author, speaker and advisor to the NLC Service Line Warranty Program is serving as an Ambassador, and now Ambassador Emeritus, for the Chief of the United States Army Reserve. I have had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of current soldiers and returning veterans. In speaking with these brave soldiers, I have been very impressed with the wide array of skills that the military provides to these young men and women. Far from the image depicted in old movies, today’s soldiers are trained in the latest computer technology and have been instilled with a work ethic and discipline that is not common for the average job seeker.
While we often hear of companies that regularly thank our veterans for their service, it is far less common for a company to provide long-term solutions for those who have served. I am proud to be associated with a company that is proactive in providing career training and opportunities for veterans. HomeServe is the administrator of the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program and services over 3.7 million customers in North America. The company has over 1,000 employees and a network of 1,300 independent local contractor businesses that employ many thousands of qualified technicians throughout the country.
At the National League of Cities Annual Summit in Los Angeles in November, HomeServe announced a commitment of at least $100,000 annually to champion its veterans recruitment initiative. This program is designed to connect transitioning service men and women with HomeServe network contractors who can provide opportunities that can take advantage of the unique skills and attributes acquired through military service.
More than 11 contractors have already signed on to be part of the initiative and more are being added each week. Because the HomeServe contractor network is located throughout the United States, most veterans should find a contractor within their geographic Region.
For more information on the HomeServe Veterans Program, please click here.
Jim Hunt is a former Mayor and Councilmember for over 27 years and served as President of the National League of Cities. He was selected as “Municipal Leader of the Year” by American City & County Magazine and is a member of the West Virginia Municipal League’s “Hall of Fame”. He writes extensively on city issues and is the author of “The Amazing City-7 Steps to Creating an Amazing City”. He currently serves as an Advisor to the National League of Cities Service Line Warranty Program.