At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 1918, World War I came to an end with the signing of the armistice agreement between Germany and the Allies.
Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is recognized on November 11th each year to honor veterans of all wars. Regardless of the day of the week it falls on, Veterans Day is a national holiday that preserves the historical significance of the date. It also helps shine a light on the holiday’s reason: honoring America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice.
GTL was recently selected as a HIRE Vets Medallion Award recipient, which recognizes employers who hire and retain veterans, including efforts to establish employee development programs and veteran-specific benefits to improve retention. GTL has long supported our veteran and military employees, and just this year launched a new Military Leave Policy and accompanying Military Leave Process to outline the benefits afforded to members of the military on active or reservist duty.
At GTL, we recognize that patriotism and spark to serve a higher cause. This year, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) were created across the company to promote diversity and inclusion and recognize the differing backgrounds of our team members, including veterans.
VetNet is one ERG, which consists of veterans who have served their country both in active and reserve duty and now serve GTL’s customers without fail. The group also includes other GTL employees who support the VetNet’s mission. This group, currently comprised of 15 members, works together to build a veteran community, increase engagement, provide veteran-related resources, and improve transitions.
The slideshow below highlights our VetNet ERG members who have selflessly served their country as well as others who continue to advocate for veterans’ rights.
Please join GTL’s VetNet in recognizing and honoring our Nation’s veterans. From the Presidential Proclamation made on November 5, 2010:
“On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops.”