Verizon focuses on jobs for veterans, military spouses

Verizon employs nearly 12,000 veterans—and it also has a program to put the spouses of active-duty military members to work. It helps military spouses find Verizon jobs at locations near where their husbands or wives are assigned.

The firm hires more than 500 veterans a year. Verizon President Al Torres has said veterans bring mission-driven ­attitudes, technical skills, leadership potential and lots of training to the telecommunications company.

The organization also has a Veteran Advisory Board to recognize, mentor and develop veterans who are em­ployees, and an emergency leave benefit that allows employees in the National Guard or Reserve to collect the difference between military pay and their full-time salaries, along with health care and other benefits for up to three years.

Contact: Ray McConville of Veri­zon, (908) 559-3504.