Companies That Care: Supporting Our Veterans
February 29th, 2016
St. Peter’s Healthcare System:
Two years ago, St. Peter’s Healthcare System’s “Healthgivers Honoring Heroes” program was brought to life by Peter Fish, M.D. Also known as “Triple H”, the program recognizes inpatients who served in the armed forces and thanks them for their bravery and sacrifices. Dr. Fish, who served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, goes beyond his ties as a physician when it comes to veteran care. When he is notified about a patient who is a veteran, Dr. Fish visits them and listens to stories about their service. Additionally, Dr. Fish educates families on the various benefits available to veterans.
Trinitas Regional Medical Center:
At Trinitas Regional Medical Center, medical and mental health needs of veterans receive additional care. Through a partnership with the Elizabeth VA, Trinitas Regional is able to offer psychiatric services and counseling for veterans experiencing conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Going even a step further, the medical center’s “Hospital Elder Life Program” (HELP) encourages staff to identify veterans, acknowledge their service, and inform them of the benefits available to Vets.
At Provident Bank, employees are passionate about veterans and give emphasis on honoring them as the heroes they are. In partnership with “Operation Shoebox”, an organization that sends care packages to troops based in the Middle East, Provident employees helped in a packing event and wrote heart-felt letters to veterans. Additionally, Provident Bank has funded a pet adoption through “Pets for Patriots” and donated supplies to “NJ Veterans Memorial Home”. Employees also volunteer time to visit and share stories with veterans.
Through customized training programs and partnerships with nonprofits like “Workforce Opportunity Services”, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) works to offer readiness training and workforce placement to New Jersey veterans. The Division of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) at NJIT has trained almost 250 soldiers in the NJ Army Reserve and National Guard. After graduating from NJIT’s technical training program, several veterans landed highly sought-after full-time positions at companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Johnson & Johnson.
Lakeland Bank employees at the Bernardsville branch had been long time supporters of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7858 (VFW). Each year, VFW Post 7858 would collect thousands of dollars at its annual Memorial Day Poppy Sale, and Lakeland bank would lend its currency counter to help with counting all of the donations. When the branch received a new currency counter over the summer, the staff got together and decided to donate the old counter to the VFW. Upon pick up, Lakeland staff were greeted by five VFW members who asked to take photos with the staff and posted a thank you note on it Facebook page.
Deloitte is committed to supporting veterans nationwide and in New Jersey. Through collaboration with “American Recreational Military Services” (A.R.M.S), an organization dedicated to providing assistance to military, veterans and their families, Deloitte staff collected, assembled, packaged and shipped care packages to troops. In addition to volunteering at various events, employees raise donation through initiatives such as hosting jean days, where staff can wear jeans to work if they donate to the cause.
Through the CohnReznick Foundation and the “CohnReznick CARES Initiative”, CohnReznick did its part to benefit Veterans and their families by hosting its 24th Annual Charity Golf Invitational. With over 100 attendees, the event helped to raise $150,000 for the benefit of both the “Special Operations Warrior Foundation” and the “Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation”. Aligning with the CohnReznick Foundation’s values of supporting children in need of all ages, both charities work to better the lives of children in need; whether it be in the form of college scholarship or through schoolwide anti-violence programs.
PSEG was recently awarded the Seven Seals Award, the broadest and most inclusive award given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award is presented to those who demonstrate the highest levels of support for service members and veterans. PSEG supports servicemen and service women in many ways including, keeping a job open for returning service persons and continuing medical benefits for their family while deployed; its VETs employee business resource group; and its MLAP program, which provides free advice from attorneys on legal issues veterans face when returning to civilian life.
Veterans are greeted by cheering crowds as they cycle across New Jersey as part of the 460 miles UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge, one of six Ride 2 Recovery cycling challenges. Ride 2 Recovery helps veterans improve their health and wellness through individual and group cycling.
With the goal of helping veterans find employment, Berkeley College partnered with “Be A Hero – Hire A Hero” to host its Spring Veterans Career Expo. 50 employers, such as HackensackUMC and NJTRANSIT, visited Berkeley College looking to hire veterans for ready-to-fill-positions. The event also offered workshops focused on helping veterans transition to civilian life, which included topics ranging from building a resume to purchasing a home.
Stryker Orthopaedics employees across 2 campuses – Mahwah, NJ and Davie, FL – joined together to make a difference and support a worthy cause. Over 300 employees in 2 locations were able to participate in events benefiting the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a foundation that supports our nation’s first responders and service members. On Sunday, September 13th over 50 Florida-based Stryker employees, friends and family participated in the Ft. Lauderdale Tunnel to Towers 5k. Then, on Sunday, September 27th nearly 250 Stryker employees, their friends and family ran from Brooklyn, through the Battery Park Tunnel, to the Freedom Tower in lower Manhattan in the NYC Tunnel to Towers 5k.
This winter, Bayshore Recycling Corp decided to join forces with Highlands Elementary School (HES) in Highlands, New Jersey in an endeavor to lift the spirits of the men and women who bravely serve our country overseas. After contacting a Marine Platoon stationed in Iwakuni, Japan, this exciting idea was brought to life. Care packages were thoughtfully organized with personal care and non-perishable food items geared toward delivering the comfort of home. HES administrators tied this community outreach project to their academic programming as an important learning experience for their students. The result was a perfect match in public/private partnership in support of our troops overseas, while teaching life lessons to the students at HES.