A unique Business Resource Group works to connect U.S. military members, both current and past, and leverage their leadership skills in the workplace.
The Thomson Reuters Veterans Network exists to bring awareness to veterans in the workplace, show appreciation for those who have served or are currently serving, and as a support group for employees who are active Army National Guard and Army Reserve members.
The Veterans Network also supports those transitioning from active duty to the civilian life and the workplace setting. To raise awareness, Veterans Network members inform and assist managers and team members at Thomson Reuters regarding the roles and responsibilities of today’s Guard and Reserve employees and address questions related to military matters.
“It’s great working for Thomson Reuters as a veteran because it understands the unique skill sets that veterans bring to the table,” said Sales and Training Consultant Charlie Rubin. “It’s great that my leadership supports and encourages me when I have to take time off of work for Army schools or missions, since I’m still serving as an instructor in the Reserve. They understand that the skills I obtain in uniform translate directly into my role here.”
The Veterans Network has a ceremony every year at the Thomson Reuters campus in Eagan, Minnesota. At the event, the American flag is raised by a member of the Veterans Network. This year’s flag raising featured the newly established Eagan American Legion Post color guard. The event concluded with a ribbon-tying ceremony. In the U.S., tying a yellow ribbon around a tree symbolizes support for those who are in the armed forces. Volunteers also handed out Veterans Day information cards at the entrances to Eagan buildings.
On November 9, U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient Staff Sergeant John Kriesel presented a keynote address about his service and the men and women who saved him following a 200-pound roadside bomb explosion, which ultimately resulted in the loss of his legs. A book signing took place immediately following the event. After the keynote address, all veterans, presently serving members, and Veterans Network volunteers were invited to attend a social with SSG JKriesel.
The Michigan Chapter of the Veterans Network at Thomson Reuters also hosted a flag-raising ceremony, at which Veterans Network member Kevin Day spoke about the history of Veterans Day. The Michigan Chapter hosted a Lunch and Learn session featuring Colonel Shawn Harris on November 13.
Thomson Reuters has been named a Yellow Ribbon Company for its commitment to proactively support and recognize service members, veterans, and military families.
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