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Work Life Legacy Military Award

This past Monday June 3, in a ceremony held in New York City, The Walt Disney Company received the Work Life Legacy Military Award – Honorable Mention for the work being done through the company’s Heroes Work Here initiative. The award was created and handed out by the Families and Work Institute.

Who is FWI?

Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce, family and community. The Work Life Legacy Military Award was created as a way of showcasing what some employers are doing for service members and their families and as a way of inspiring other employers to make a difference for those who have served us.

What Criteria Were Used to Determine Winners of This Award?

The criteria used to choose the winners and honorable mentions for this award were very rigorous and included a scoring rubric and a panel of 16 reviewers- both members of FWI’s Board of Directors and external reviewers who were former military or are researchers in the field. The Walt Disney Company was chosen because it has been proactive and developed job postings with veteran friendly language, including nomenclature for military schools, job skills and ranks, making it straightforward for a veteran to match their skills to the job requirements. This combined with “their participation in service projects with veterans’ organizations, like Operation Gratitude, made the company standout,” said a FWI spokesperson.

Heroes Work Here Initiative Today

Since the inception of Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative in March 2012, the company surpassed its original goal to provide 1,000 career opportunities for returning U.S. veterans over a three-year period — hiring more than 1,300 veterans in just one year. As a result, in March 2013 Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger shared a new goal to hire an additional 1,000 U.S. veterans over the next two years. Disney is honored to be recognized by the FWI and hope that this will help further encourage more companies to reach out to the veteran community.