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Salute to Fannie Mae Veterans and Military Families

by Jeff Kovatch, Project Manager, People Operations

Jeff KovatchThroughout the month of November, we are finding ways to thank and commemorate National Veterans and Military Families Appreciation Month. Every year, approximately 200,0001 men and women leave U.S. military service and return to life as civilians. Returning to a civilian lifestyle after service can be a challenging transition for military personnel – from reconnecting with family and their community to re-entering the workforce. As a veteran, I am proud of Fannie Mae's support of veterans and military families in our workforce as well as our affordable housing programs that often help serve veterans.

Jas Boothe, Army Veteran, Founder and CEO of Final Salute addressing Fannie Mae employees


Kovatch and Boothe at post-event celebration


Our Veterans Employee Resource Group (the VERG) was founded two years ago with the goal of establishing Fannie Mae as a preferred employer for Armed Forces veterans and military spouses. We are passionate about providing a support network to our transitioning vets in our workforce and working with senior leaders and communities to combat veteran homelessness. The VERG welcomes families, friends, allies, and loved ones of veterans and those who are currently serving … put simply, you don't need to be a veteran to join the VERG.

Giving our time on National Day of Remembrance to help beautify the DFW National Cemetery

In my role as Vice President of the VERG, I look to bring awareness to and advocate for our community. Every transition to life as a civilian is different, and some may face substance abuse or homelessness. Earlier this month we hosted a special guest, Jas Boothe, founder and president of Final Salute Incorporated. During her inspirational address, she discussed honoring the service of veteran women, diversity and inclusion, and ways to support resources and programs that help those in need reestablish independence. I encourage you to visit their website to learn more about their unique and important mission.

Members of the team take part in welcoming veterans to Washington DC as part of the Honor Flights program

At Fannie Mae, we are partnering with RecruitMilitary, an organization dedicated to connecting employers with America's best talent – its veterans. Together, we are presenting veterans with job opportunities, introducing them to our strong culture of diversity and inclusion and networking with subject matter experts across the veteran community.

I'd also like to recognize two of my colleagues, Chris Shea and Teri Hupert who recently received the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award. They were nominated by Digital Workplace's Sterling Doleman, National Guard Reservist. The Patriotic Employer Award recognizes people managers who support their employees in the National Guard or Reserve or employees who are the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member. It is great to see our inclusive culture in action!

On behalf of the VERG and Fannie Mae, I'd like to thank those who have served and who have celebrated National Veterans and Military Families Appreciation Month this month. If you're seeking a company that values veterans and military families, I highly encourage you to take the next step and search and apply to one of our open opportunities at Fannie Mae.

Sterling presenting Chris with his Patriotic Employer Award

Sterling presenting Teri with her Patriotic Employer Award


1Data provided by US Department of Veteran Affairs