Leading the way in Hiring Veterans

(Photo by Maharry Photography, LLC. and courtesy of Mercer)
",,,the Veteran Community Speaker Series is about establishing relationships and fostering dialogue to enhance the Veteran experience." Eddie Dunn
(Standing) Moderator, Eddie Dunn, Director, Military and Veterans Affairs, Marsh & McLennan Companies and 20 year Army Veteran (Sitting from left to right) Panelists James Tongate, Manager of Military and Veterans Affairs, Human Resources-Talent Acquisition, Marsh & McLennan Companies and currently serving in the Kentucky Air National Guard, Jason Kemp, Program Manager, Home Base Iowa and retired Airforce Veteran, Francisco "Frank" Sanchez, Operations Manager, Global Mercer Marketplace, Mercer, and Eric Soults, Program Manager, Health & Benefits Administration, Mercer and serving as a LTC in the Iowa National Guard.
Mercer sent out an invite to employers, Veterans Service Organization, Veterans and Employment Services to participate and bridge relationships in order to better employ our Veterans.  Mercer has partnered with Home Base Iowa which taps the resources of Iowa Works of Central Iowa in assisting Veterans in putting their best foot foward in transitioning into the civilain work force.

This speaker Series is the latest program developed as part of Marsh & McLennan Companies' Veteran Talent Initiative and it's pledge to "do right" by our United States Military Veterans.  Veterans possess skills and perspectives that are tremendously valuable to our companies, such as resiliency, team building expertise, cross-cultural fluency and leadership.  Therefore, hiring Veterans is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, as it reinforces our commitment to bring together the best people - distintive, diverse and innovative - to deliver high impact client solutions.  Eddie Dunn
Home Base Iowa is a one-of-a-kind program assisting veterans and transitioning service members. Currently, Iowa’s unemployment rate is under four percent, but businesses need skilled workers. This program helps connect these businesses with qualified veterans looking for career opportunities. Countless resources help veterans and their families with education and in transitioning to a new community with focused support and individuals who want to help. Home Base Iowa’s private-public partnership provides a high level of commitment and resources for our veterans, transitioning service members and their families.
Eddie Dunn and Col Robert King (Ret), Executive Director Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
(Photo by Maharry Photography, LLC. and courtesy of Mercer)