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Waste Management selected a top 100 company in recruiting veterans

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Bill Plunkett

U.S. Veterans Magazine has named Waste Management, Inc. one of the nation's top 100 companies in recruiting veterans.

The magazine selected Waste Management for its "Best of the Best" list after completing market and independent research, undertaking confidential employee interviews and conducting a national survey of companies. The magazine also considered for its list companies that participated in veteran career fairs nationwide at which U.S. Veterans Magazine is circulated.

The magazine announced its list in its November issue. The magazine undertakes its annual review to provide guidance to its readers and to encourage diversity, veterans policies and outreach among corporations and government agencies. The review is intended to recognize veteran-friendly companies and acknowledge their efforts in hiring and retaining veterans.

"America's veterans are an exceptional source of talent, experience and know-how for Waste Management, and recruiting veterans to our company can improve our organization at every level and in every function," said Jim Kahrs, manager of human resources for Waste Management's Illinois and Missouri Valley Area, based in Downers Grove, IL. "As we approach Veterans Day Sunday, it's important to recognize not just the contributions and sacrifices our veterans have made for our country, but to also recognize the great value they can contribute to our nation's workforce."

"In recognizing companies for their achievements in recruiting and employing veterans, we hope to not only shed light on their efforts but also spread the word among veterans about the companies that value their unique strengths," said Mona Lisa Faris-Placey, president and founder of DiversityComm, publisher of U.S. Veterans Magazine.

"We stand shoulder to shoulder with these fine organizations and encourage other companies to renew their own efforts to get our returning veterans back to work. U.S. Veterans Magazine and all these top-rated companies share the goals of honoring and supporting our veterans. We know that hiring veterans simply makes good business sense. Working together, we can help veterans reach great heights and receive the opportunities they so richly deserve," she said.

Waste Management employs more than 3,000 veterans. The company's veterans outreach efforts include sponsorships, donations and volunteerism to veterans organizations. It provides support to employees who are in a military family and/or employees who are activated as reserve/guard members. It advertises to military job seekers and partners with federal and state veteran employment representatives. Company representatives regularly attend veteran job fairs.

"Companies such as Waste Management that go above and beyond the call of duty to actively hire and offer business opportunities to our well-deserved veterans deserve to be recognized as one of our Best of the Best veteran-friendly companies of 2012," said Adam Richards, manager of media relations for U.S. Veterans Magazine.