For those who've served, we offer more than a thank you

Before joining Citi, I served 22 years in the United States Air Force. During my service I was deployed 4 times, most notably for Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, and Deny Flight. I also joined the Air Force Recruiting Service.
I was fortunate to have a network that enabled me to find employment. But a lot of my peers have not been as lucky, so I made it my mission to assist my brothers and sisters in arms as a proud member of Citi's dedicated Veteran Recruiting team.
Citi's veteran recruiting initiative consists of hundreds of partners across the enterprise, and works with 15 Military Veteran Networks, initiative stakeholders and Citi Salutes, led by Citi Community Development. Together we promote Citi's veteran-friendly culture and employment opportunities, and provide tools to assist transitioning military members and spouses with employment readiness.
For years, Citi has been a leader in Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS), an initiative dedicated to honoring former and currently military personnel by facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry. Most recently, we expanded our industry coalition support by joining the Veteran Jobs Mission, designed to improve Veteran employment and increase retention and career development of Veterans in the private sector.
"Fostering partnership and collaboration at Citi and with industry peers enables veteran hiring professionals to share ideas and best practices," said Seth Welty. "By collaborating with leading organizations in the effort to improve access for veterans, Citi is at the forefront of veteran employment opportunities."
Citi also collaborates with key organizations like the Department of Labor, the Veteran's Administration, military bases, and Reserve and Guard Units to implement hiring fairs and programs. Since 2013, we have partnered with the US Chamber of Commerce to do veteran hiring fairs across the U.S. This year alone we have participated in hiring fairs in San Antonio, Texas and shared employment readiness tools at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.
Most recently, we hosted "Citi Week" with Florida International University in Miami and Veterans Plus, a veteran service organization focused on financial education. Led by Citi Community Development, this innovative veteran hiring model combines financial education, employment readiness seminars, and a career fair.
We also look forward to hosting a networking mixer in Jacksonville, Florida for three military bases and their Military Transition Programs. In collaboration with the Veterans Administration, USO, and Department of Defense, this multi-sector convening will provide guidance for transitioning military members looking to enter corporate careers.
I am proud that the successes of our increasing efforts have been recognized. Last month, Citi was named by the Military Times as the 35th best employer for Veterans six spots up from last year.
As Citi's commitment to veterans' employment continues, I am so pleased to work alongside colleagues from across the bank to ensure that together, we strengthen the veterans community that has done so much for our nation.
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Best for Vets 2016
Military Times lists Citi as #35 on the 2016 Top Employer list, moving up six spots from 2015.