Employer Resources

Heroes MAKE America is committed to helping manufacturers integrate Heroes participants and other great talent from the military community into their workforce. 

Case Studies

Best practices that can be adapted and implemented and the key steps leading manufacturers are taking to recruit, hire and retain talent from the military community.


Case Study: Military Talent Acquisition at Amazon

Overview Amazon offers a number of program opportunities for veterans and military spouses to gain work experience outside of their military service. Their programs allow candidates to apply the skills gained through their service to a career, as well as…

D&I Roundtable: Recruiting & Retaining Veteran Employees

On May 14, The Manufacturing Institute held a Roundtable on Recruiting and Retaining Veteran Employees, featuring Dow Chemical and Smithfield Foods. The session also heard from two veterans, Meg Zehringer, National Gypsum and Nicole Reyna, Smithfield Foods, who described their…

Heroes MAKE America Playbook Executive Summary

Summary Every year, about 200,000 men and women transition out of the military, and many need assistance finding a new career that utilizes their talents and supports their growth. The Manufacturing Institute is committed to empowering today’s American Heroes to…

Case Study: Arconic Veterans Network

Overview Arconic and the Arconic Foundation are represented throughout both national and local efforts to assist transitioning servicemembers. Whether through national training initiatives like Heroes Make America or partnerships with specific military bases, Arconic is deeply involved in building bridges…

Case Study: Military Degree Equivalence at Dow

Overview In line with their corporate emphasis on developing an inclusive workforce, Dow recently began to focus their efforts on developing new ways to hire and retain members of the military community in roles across the organization. The effort to…

Case Study: Supplier Diversity Program at Fender

Overview Like so many other companies, 2020 was a year of change for Fender sparked by the national conversation around race and racial injustice in our country. Fender’s employees, in partnership with Human Resources, held meetings to discuss current events…

Case Study: Veteran Transition Guide at Koch Industries

Overview When Koch Industries hired John Buckley in 2014, he was tasked with improving their military recruitment program. John was in the process of transitioning from his own military career, and he knew that many veterans face unique barriers in…

Case Study: Recruiting Veterans at National Gypsum

Overview The National Gypsum name – through its Gold Bond®, ProForm® and PermaBASE® product lines – has been synonymous with high-quality, innovative products since 1925. National Gypsum has a long-standing tradition of working with and supporting the military that started…

Case Study: Helping Our Heroes at Smithfield Foods

Overview On Veterans Day in 2016, Smithfield Foods announced a company-wide commitment to honoring veterans and their families. This program was designed from the ground up around three focus areas: prioritizing veteran employment and career development, helping power veteran-owned businesses,…

Online Trainings for Employers:

Heroes MAKE America built partnerships with two exemplary non-profit organizations—the PsychArmor Institute and the SHRM Foundation—to ensure our companies have the resources and training they need to recruit, hire and retain the talent from the military community.

Courses for Employers

  • 15 Things Veterans Want You to Know
  • Building a Veteran Employee Resource Group (ERG)
  • Creating a Military Friendly Culture and Onboarding Program
  • Strategies for Effective Veteran Hiring
  • Hiring and Retaining Veterans, National Guard, and Reserve Personnel

Go to psycharmor.org

SHRM Foundation 

  • Veterans at Work Certificate Program
    • This course leverages critical insights from subject matter experts and the latest research to equip you with the knowledge and actionable tools necessary to confidently adapt your workplace into one that attracts, hires, and retains both veterans and members of the military community.