The Exchange’s Commitment to Hiring Veterans, Military Spouses Honored by VETS Indexes 4-Star Employer Award


The Exchange has been recognized for its dedication to employing Veterans and members of the military community by VETS Indexes for the second consecutive year.

The Exchange received a 4 Star Employer Award for its commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing and supporting Veterans, military spouses, reservists and National Guard members.

“Veterans and military spouse associates connect with Exchange shoppers in a special way. They understand our shoppers because they are our shoppers,” said Exchange Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Patrick Oldenburgh. “We are grateful to have so many Veterans and military spouses among our ranks. They make Team Exchange stronger.”

About 45% of the Exchange’s U.S. workforce is made up of Veterans, military spouses and dependents. The Exchange has hired more than 50,000 Veterans and military spouses since 2013 and plans to hire an additional 25,000 over the next five years. Veterans and spouses receive hiring preferences at the Exchange, the Department of Defense’s largest retailer. The associate transfer program lets military spouses continue their own careers with the Exchange when their Soldier, Airman or Guardian changes duty station.

This is the second year in a row the Exchange has been recognized in the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, which began in 2021. VETS Indexes is an independent firm that promotes employment for Veterans, military spouses and family members. The 2022 Employer Awards are based on:

  • Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring.
  • Veteran employee development and retention.
  • Veteran-inclusive company policies and culture.
  • Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves.
  • Military spouse/family support.

Veterans, military spouses and others who want to start their career with Exchange can visit for a list of job openings worldwide.


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