Civilian Job News has released this year's list of the best employers for veterans, looking at companies whose recruiting, training and retention plans best serve military service members and veterans. Here's a look at some of the larger, more well-known companies:
Amazon -- This year alone, Amazon has hired hundreds of veteran leaders into its fulfillment network, corporate business units, customer service and beyond. Amazon will hire more than 1,200 veterans in 2013.
Bank of America -- The bank has nearly 6,000 military-background employees working across several lines of business. In 2012, the company hired nearly 1,600 veterans. Bank of America is also a founding member of Veterans on Wall Street, a consortium of five banks that connects veterans to jobs within the financial services industry.
BNSF Railway -- BNSF has hired more than 5,000 veterans since 2005. The company currently employs more than 6,000 veterans, which equates to approximately 15 percent of its work force.
Chesapeake Energy -- Chesapeake is part of the U.S. Chamber’s New Veteran Employment Advisory Council. In 2012, the company made a commitment to the White House Administration’s Joining Forces program to hire up to 500 veterans, which it exceeded. It's also signed with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
General Electric -- General Electric is one of a handful of companies selected for the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. GE employs more than 10,000 U.S. veterans, including 79 Reservists and National Guardsmen. The company also has a world-class, two-year rotational Junior Officer Leadership Program
Intel -- Intel created a new training package for managers of veterans and also has an integration presentation for new veteran employees. The company is part of the 100,000 Jobs Mission and plans to be a part of Operation Impact, which is dedicated to employing severely wounded warriors.
JPMorgan Chase -- JPMorgan Chase hired more than 5,000 veterans since 2011 and is part of an initiative with 10 other firms that has a hiring goal of at least 100,000 veterans by 2020.
Lockheed Martin Corp. -- Since late 2004, Lockheed Martin has had a recruiting team dedicated to transitioning military. The company also has a new partnership with American Corporate Partners, which provides one-on-one mentoring relationships with business leaders.
Safeway -- One of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, Safeway company committed to hiring 1,000 veterans in 2012, and exceeded that goal by 498. It has committed to hiring at least another 1,500 in 2013.
Sears Holdings Corp. -- Veterans serve as vice presidents, directors, store managers and assistant store managers, among other roles, in this retail company. Sears Holdings will participate in more than 40 military career expos in 2013, including Hiring our Heroes, NCOA and SACC.
Sprint -- Sprint seeks to fill a wide range of opportunities in technology, management, retail and customer care. Employees support veterans, too. More than 800 are members of Veterans and Employees Helping Others through Sprint, an Employee Resource Group.
USAA -- In 2012, 25.8 percent of all hires were veterans and their spouses. The recruiting team, consisting of more than 50 veterans, strengthens relationships with USAA members through a wide variety of venues. These include MWR/Service-sponsored activities, National Guard/Reserve Family Days, air shows, service academy visits, yellow ribbon events, national conventions, job fairs and conferences.
Verizon -- In 2012, Verizon launched a series of recruiting efforts to attract military service members and veterans: a Military Installation pilot to develop relationships with transition offices on key bases across the country; a Veterans Transition Program; an increase in the Verizon employment brand effectively in veteran communities; and a military "Skills Matcher" on the Verizon Careers website.
Waste Management -- In 2012, veteran hiring reached an all-time high of 600, exceeding the company's previous high by more than 20 percent. The company has more than 3,500 veteran employees.
Xcel Energy -- The energy giant has invested in an employee network group called "Military Ombudsmen for Veterans and Employees," which focuses on development, implementation and communication of programs and policies centered on the welfare of employees who are vets.