Disney always encourages people from all walks of life to apply to work for them. Whether it is a young person straight out of college and looking for their first job, or maybe an older adult looking to maintain a part-time job while being semi-retired, or someone just looking for something new. Anyone who has visited a Disney theme park will tell you that they have met Cast Members from all walks of life.
And now there is one group of Cast Members that Disney is being honored for hiring — veterans.
On January 7, the Walt Disney Company was honored with the 2021 Student Veterans of America (SVA) Corporate Partner of the Year Award. The award was given out during the 14th Annual SAV national conference that was held at the Walt Disney World Resort. During the conference, student veterans were also able to meet with Disney talent acquisition Cast Members as well as representatives from the Disney SALUTE Veteran Affinity Group.
Disney Parks Blog shared more information on Disney’s special relationship with veterans and the work that they have done to support them.
“For many years, SVA has been proud to partner with The Walt Disney Company in our shared mission to support student veterans, military-connected students, and their families in higher education and the transition to the civilian workforce,” SVA’s National President and CEO Jared Lyon said. “We are incredibly grateful for Disney’s generous and enduring support for our community, including hosting us this year for our 14th Annual National Conference at Walt Disney World.”
Support for the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans has been a long-standing Disney tradition. The members of our armed forces serve their country honorably through hard work, loyalty and dedication. Active military, veterans and their families have given so much to us, and Disney wants to continue to give back to them. That tradition continues through Disney’s Heroes Work Here initiative that has hired more than 11,000 veterans since 2012 and through Disney’s Veterans Institute, which has helped hundreds of companies across the country establish veteran-hiring programs of their own.
Student Veterans of America was founded in 2008 with a focus on helping veterans receive higher education, and they are currently leading the country in the educational work they do with veterans. The SVA also fights for veterans in Washington, D.C. and has helped shape the G.I. Bill — which provides veterans with payment for both undergraduate and graduate school, as well as provide them with technical training.