GREEN BAY, Wis. - (June 27, 2012) - The national Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has chosen Schneider National, Inc., one of the nation's most decorated employers of current and former military personnel, as its first-ever recipient of the Extraordinary Employer Support Award.
Criteria to win the award included having five years or more of sustained excellence in supporting National Guard and Reserve troops. Eligible recipients were also required to have had the honor of earning the Freedom Award, a distinction Schneider achieved when the Secretary of Defense presented the inaugural award in 1994.
"It's very special to receive recognition for something we've not only been practicing for decades, but for a mission we're truly very passionate about," says Mike Hinz, a vice president at Schneider and a retired member of the U.S. Army and Reserve. "We're proud to be providing great jobs to both current and former members of the military."
Hinz remarked that Schneider, one of the nation's largest truckload carriers, understands what makes military members successful drivers and transportation professionals at Schneider. "We know what current and former military members are going through," he said. "They're wondering, 'Is what I decide to do next ever going to compare to my meaningful, exciting and diverse work in the military?' For me, to be able to complement or extend a career to those individuals at Schneider is fulfilling because I know firsthand how dynamic and meaningful the work here is. That feels good."
ESGR recently honored Schneider National with a reception at Joint Force Headquarters in Madison, Wis. In attendance were Jim Rebholz, national chairman of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, adjutant general of Wisconsin, and Richard Vallin, Wisconsin ESGR chair, among others.
"I had to smile, because we just celebrated Schneider's 20th anniversary of commitment to military members," Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar said. "I think if you looked up 'employer support to military members' in the dictionary, you'd see a picture of Schneider National right there."
Rebholz added: "Schneider National's longstanding commitment to giving back to current and former military members is indisputable. It's refreshing to see a company that is so genuine about its purpose and serves as a role model for other companies out there."
Supporting the Red, White and Blue
In May Schneider pledged to hire 650 military veterans throughout the U.S.
in 2012. Schneider also works extensively with the transportation industry, government officials and Veterans Affairs to improve and streamline hiring procedures for current and former military members. Over 21 percent of Schneider's hires currently serve or have served in the military.
Schneider was also recently named a Most Valuable Employer for MilitaryR Finalist on CivilianJobs.com's Annual List for the second consecutive year.
The company was the only truckload carrier on the list. Moreover, 2012 marked the sixth consecutive year Schneider National was named to G.I. Jobs' Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers List.
Last year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accepted Schneider into its exclusive Apprenticeship Program. During their first year at Schneider, veteran drivers are eligible to earn a monthly educational benefit check from the VA in addition to their paycheck - up to $1,069 each month depending on the number of years of service.
Other military-specific benefits Schneider offers include guaranteed home time for weekend drill and annual training for Guard and Reserve members as well as extended benefits and differential pay during deployment.
Photos are available to download at http://bit.ly/LW8CQI. To learn more about career opportunities available at Schneider National or to apply, visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 1-800-44-PRIDE (1-800-447-7433). For more information about the military-specific benefits offered by Schneider, select "Military" under either the Company Drivers or Owner-Operators menus on schneiderjobs.com.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense
(DoD) organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD/RA), which is in itself a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD).
The nation's Reserve components (referring to the total of all National Guard members and Reserve forces from all branches of the military) comprise approximately 48 percent of our total available military manpower. The current National Defense Strategy indicates that the National Guard and Reserve will be full partners in the fully integrated Total Force. Our Reserve forces will spend more time away from the workplace defending the nation, supporting a demanding operations tempo and training to maintain their mission readiness.
About Schneider National, Inc.
Schneider National has exceptional career paths for professional drivers and truck school graduates. Solo and team opportunities exist for company drivers and owner-operators in Schneider's Regional, Over the Road, Dedicated, Tanker, Oil Field Transportation and Expedited lines of business. Local and regional solo opportunities also exist for company drivers in Schneider's Intermodal division.
A $3.4 billion company and one of the largest truckload carriers in North America, Schneider has been a top choice for drivers for more than 75 years. Schneider provides drivers great weekly miles, steady freight and the comfort of knowing that "safety first and always" is the cornerstone of the company's philosophy. Schneider is ranked a top-paying carrier by the National Transportation Institute and has been nationally recognized for its support of veterans, Reservists and National Guard members. For more information about Schneider National career opportunities, visit www.schneiderjobs.com. You can also connect with Schneider on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jobsatschneider and Twitter at www.twitter.com/schneiderjobs.