The Home Depot’s military relations team is introducing expanded resources and programs to further the company’s commitment to veterans, support the company’s existing 35,000 veteran and military spouse associates, and to help transitioning service members find their second career.
The company has launched a new program that will guarantee employment opportunities to associates who are spouses of relocating members of the military. With 78% of military bases within 20 miles of a Home Depot store or distribution center, the company will guarantee an offer of similar employment at a nearby location when military families relocate due to service requirements.
The Home Depot Foundation also announced it will cover mortgage payments for 500 veterans in need for the month of November as part of its second annual Veterans Day Operation Surprise initiative. This effort expands on the foundation’s veteran housing program and aims to assist with the unique challenges many veterans from across the country are facing in 2020.
The 2020 mission of Operation Surprise has been expanded to recognize those who have so selflessly served and those in need throughout the pandemic. This year, Home Depot stores will have additional opportunities to support not only veterans but also first responders, health care workers, teachers and those facing food insecurity with local “surprises” for their communities.
“On this Veterans Day, we pause to honor all veterans for their outstanding leadership and service to our country,” said Craig Menear, chairman and CEO of The Home Depot. “We have all been affected in some way by the events of 2020, but one thing that remains constant for The Home Depot is the respect and passion we have for serving our nation’s veterans and their families.”