‘Better for Veterans’: Exchange Named a 2020 Military Friendly® Employer

For the eighth consecutive year, the Exchange has been named a “Better for Veterans” Military Friendly® Employer by Viqtory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.

The Exchange ranked in the Top 10 for the third year in a row in the Retail Consumer Goods and Government/Non-Profit category and received a Gold distinction, which is given to employers setting an example with their programs and initiatives to hire and retain Veterans.

The annual list recognizes companies based on hiring, retention, promotion and advancement of Veterans and service members. This marks the 10th time the Exchange has been named a Military Friendly® Employer.

“The Exchange is honored to have received the 2020 Military Friendly® Employer designation—we strive to be the employer of choice for our Veterans and family members,” said Leigh Roop, Exchange Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer. “It is a privilege to be recognized as a Gold standard employer for our efforts in the recruitment of Veterans.”

Veterans comprise nearly 12% of the Exchange’s workforce. As of July 2019, the Department of Defense’s largest retailer has hired more than 40,000 Veterans and military spouses, reaffirming the Exchange’s commitment to hiring 50,000 Veterans and military spouses by 2020. The Exchange has hired more than 1,400 Wounded Warriors since 2010.

Throughout the year, the Exchange recruits Veterans for its Veteran Retail Management Training program as well as downrange positions that utilize skillsets gained while in the military.

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits and employment opportunities for Veterans and their families. The Military Friendly® Employers list is created yearly based on extensive research using public and government data sources for more than 8,800 employers nationwide.

This year, nearly 300 employers received the Military Friendly® designation as being “Better for Veterans.” The complete list will be published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.

Veterans, military spouses and others seeking employment with the Exchange can visit to view worldwide employment opportunities with the Exchange.

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  1. Jon on August 19, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Is it possible to see the specific demographics/numbers used for this article.

    • Steve Smith on August 19, 2019 at 4:35 pm


      Thanks for writing to your Exchange Post. We don’t have access to that information.

      Steve Smith
      The Exchange Post

  2. Jami on August 24, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    I wrote a comment explaining how the companies were chosen and I received an email back that they were “under review”. The comments never got posted. Why?

    • Steve Smith on August 26, 2019 at 3:51 pm


      Basically, the reason I didn’t post the comment is I didn’t have the information you were requesting. I believe I suggested that you contact the magazine that did the survey.

      Steve Smith
      Editor, The Exchange Post

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