MIDLAND, Mich.--The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) commitment to honor and support veterans is being highlighted at the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 where the Company is an Official Supporter of the only international sporting event for wounded, ill, and injured service men and women. Military veterans bring great skills to Dow, and the Company has a long history of working with veterans through employment opportunities and community engagement initiatives.
“We believe that veterans embody heroism and service, some of the noblest elements of the human spirit. This makes us proud to support these Games and also to provide opportunities for veterans to work at Dow,” said Pedro Suarez, president of Dow USA.
Founded in 2013 by Prince Harry, the Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will showcase more than 500 military competitors from 14 nations who will take part in 10 sporting events.
This year’s Games will be held May 8 – 12, 2016, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. Dow is proud to be an Official Supporter of the Invictus Games, which are supported by a number of high-profile celebrities including first lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Academy Award winning actor Morgan Freeman, writer and director Mike Myers, and others who have pledged their support for those who are competing.
Dow has a proven track record of supporting military veterans and warriors, as demonstrated by the Company’s hiring rate which is very close to the availability of veterans in the market. Dow’s veteran recruiting efforts are based on the premise that veterans have a strong value system and use their core values to tackle new challenges with honor and commitment.
“The work ethic and discipline that is instilled in the military aligns well with the expectations of Dow employees,” said Anton Chastang, Dow’s global Diversity and Inclusion leader. “More importantly, we are thankful for the service that veterans have provided to our country and are proud to offer valuable career options.”
Another example of Dow’s commitment to veterans is the establishment of a Dow U.S.A. veteran employee resource group, Vet-Net. Vet-Net was established to preserve, promote, and acknowledge the virtues of military service; serve as an education resource; and, provide networking, mentoring and development opportunities to veteran employees. Through Vet-Net and other Company-sponsored community outreach initiatives, a number of services have been provided to veterans in local communities near Dow’s sites in Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Louisiana and California.
Andrew Fry, Facility Manager at Dow, serves as the vice chairman of Dow’s Vet-Net resource group in the U.S. As a veteran employee at Dow who will attend the Games he commented, “I am proud to work for an employer who supports the Invictus Games because they are a celebration of individuals who continue to strive for success in the face of adversity. The veterans competing at the Invictus Games have a level of character that I admire and the involvement of Dow to not only attend this event, but to also be a supporter, shows a commitment to veterans. I appreciate that Dow recognizes the value that veterans bring to the workforce and that the Company works to develop the veteran talent at Dow.”
To assist veterans in the job application process, Dow provides a website specifically for veterans seeking employment with Dow: Dow Veteran Jobs. Learn about the other ways Dow is supporting and building Careers for U.S. Veterans. For more information on Dow’s support of the Invictus Games Orlando 2016, please visit http://www.dow.com/en-us/events/invictusgames2016.
The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Tickets for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 are on sale now at www.invictusgames2016.org/tickets. From the opening to closing ceremonies, this event is certain to deliver inspiring and amazing competition along with special guest appearances.
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