A Leg Up for Fellow Veterans
Aaron Gregg, The Washington Post
Michael Hansen was little more than an entry-level salesman when he started pushing his employer to do more for veterans. He had been a decorated Marine in the Iraq War before embarking on a rocky, tumultuous transition into the business world at the height of the recession.
His job at Power Home Remodeling, a national home-improvement firm, was to meet customers at their homes and sell them remodeling services. He noticed that Power had only a few veterans among its sales force—but the ones it did have posted outstanding numbers. He was certain that the company would benefit greatly if it employed more veterans.
So he pitched his managers on a novel idea: set up an independent department within Power responsible for helping veterans build careers after the military, with its own budget dedicated to integrating them into the company’s core business operations.