For the ninth consecutive year, a local energy giant was awarded as a military friendly employer by a national survey on Tuesday.
Ameren, which is based in St. Louis, was recognized as a military-friendly employer by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military spouse.
The Military Friendly Employers list is created each year, and is open to companies that have hired veterans in the past 12 months and is based on extensive research using public data sources for thousands of federal contractors nationwide, and input of military employees.
Mark Lindgren, senior vice president at Ameren said hiring military veterans is a priority because of their contributions towards the company’s growth.
“Our military veteran employees have been key contributors to business growth at Ameren during the last decade,” Lindgren said. “We appreciate the value that military experience brings to the company and we remain committed to recruiting and hiring more veterans for key positions.”
Ameren also sponsors a dedicated employee group, which serves as a resource for military veterans and their families, and provides benefits to support members and their families during times of deployment.
Crystal Masek, a Callaway Energy Center employee and master sergeant for the U.S. Army Reserve said she appreciates the effort that the company takes to be accommodating for military veterans.
“The company is very supportive when I need to be away from work to make up days for missed battle assembly time,” Masek said. “Also, there are many other veterans here at Callaway, which makes the transition from the military to the civilian world easier.”
According to Ameren, the Ameren Military-Veteran Employees (AMVE) group participates annually in recruitment efforts and veteran employment fairs; organizes care-package drives for those deployed; hosts events to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by military personnel.
“Thanks to the efforts of our AMVE group, everyone at Ameren is given a chance to support our veterans and their families in a meaningful, personal way,” Harvey Neverman, an Ameren manager and U.S. Air Force veteran who also leads AMVE said. “We are humbled by the sacrifices made by our veterans at home and abroad, and we are proud to show our appreciation.”