AMU Recognized for Efforts to Hire Veterans

Earns Bronze Certification in the Virginia Values Veterans Initiative

Charles Town, W.Va., November 7, 2013American Public University System (APUS) today announced that American Military University (AMU) has been certified as a bronze level employer under the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) initiative. APUS, headquartered in Charles Town, W. Va., maintains administrative offices in Manassas, Va.

As a top provider of online education to service members and their families, AMU understands the unique challenges of military and veteran students and employs more than 400 veteran staff and faculty members that share the core mission and vision of educating those who serve. Over the next year, the goal is to hire 10 percent more veteran employees and to retain those employees for at least one year, according to Colonel Pete Gibbons (USA Ret), AMU senior vice president and chief administrative officer.

“We believe veterans will play an essential role in the enrichment of our workforce and many will be our future business leaders,” said Gibbons. “Since our founding by a retired Marine officer more than two decades ago, our university has maintained a commitment to supporting service members and those transitioning from active duty.”

Bronze level certification is the first of three tiers achieved by organizations that make a commitment to hire and retain veteran employees for at least one year, and have surpassed criteria for quality veteran hiring practices. V3 certified employers join a community to share best practices, lessons learned, and resources to facilitate veteran recruiting and retention efforts. Participation in V3 supports the effort to make Virginia a model of economic development by creating a Commonwealth-wide approach that will leverage these proven men and women and reduce veteran unemployment.

"We are proud to have American Military University as part of the V3 team as a Bronze Certified Employer.  As an employer and education provider for those who have served our nation in the armed forces, AMU understands the value these fine men and women can bring to the workforce," said Tom Barto, V3 program manager.
AMU staff members have already participated in V3 employer training events. At a recent session, George Vukovich, AMU associate vice president, veteran community relations, shared insights from his experiences as both a veteran and employer.

“This is one additional means of demonstrating our ongoing commitment to those who serve,” said Vukovich. “As Veterans Day approaches, we are pleased to be able to announce this effort as a tangible means of thanking and supporting our veterans.”

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Photo caption: George Vukovich, right, associate vice president, veteran community relations at AMU, accepts the V3 certification plaque presented by Joe Barto, founder and president of TMG and V3 program manager.

About American Public University System

American Public University System, winner of the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and first three-time recipient of the OLC's Effective Practice Award, offers more than 90 online degree programs through American Military University and American Public University. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility help more than 100,000 working adults worldwide pursue degrees in a diverse variety of subjects. For further information, visit www.apus.edu.

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