Kroger joins efforts to hire vets

Chris Dunham, PDT Sports Writer

November 12, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

Veterans of the United States Armed Forces are being encouraged to apply for jobs with the Kroger Company. Kroger has joined several major companies in the “100,000 Jobs Mission,” with a goal of collectively hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.

Jackie Siekmann, Media and Government Relations Manager in the Kroger Columbus Division, which serves the Scioto County Kroger stores, said more than 17,000 veterans have joined Kroger’s ranks company-wide since 2009, and in the Columbus Division, 73 Kroger associates are currently on military leave.

One of those veterans is Joe Hock who joined the Marine Corps in 1987, just one year after taking a job with Kroger. Hock went on leave twice during his eight years of military service, and currently works as Retail Operations Manager for Kroger’s Columbus Division.

“Kroger was awesome to work with each time I went on leave,” Hock said. “The company was a great fit for me because the principles of leadership I learned in the Marine Corps, and the emphasis on core values like honesty, integrity, respect, inclusion and diversity, are all part of the leadership model at Kroger.”

Since 2010, Kroger has raised more than $5 million to help the USO. Anyone wanting more information may visit Kroger.com.

Siekmann said Kroger makes it easy to support the troops online. By visiting www.honoringourheroes.com, customers can volunteer with the USO, make a donation or write a note to a service member. They can also learn more about the USO and Kroger employees who serve in the armed forces.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com.