Schneider National and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States recently awarded the state of Vermont this year’s Al Schneider Memorial Award. Since 1991, EANGUS and Schneider have honored employers who have demonstrated outstanding support of the enlisted men and women of the National Guard.
Vermont was honored for its encouragement of other employers to follow its example. Specifically, Vermont provides differential pay and full employee benefits during the duration of deployment. The state also gives members of the National Guard and Reserve full consideration for all state jobs, including those only advertised to current employees. Vermont also provides services to families of enlisted individuals.
Jack Copeland, director of strategic sourcing at Schneider National, will present the award on Aug. 15 at the EANGUS 36th Annual Conference in Oklahoma City. “We’re honored to recognize employers who go above and beyond to support our nation’s servicemen and women,” Copeland says.
Schneider National, based in Green Bay, Wis., was the first recipient of the EANGUS award in 1991. The award honors a tradition of National Guard support led by company founder Al Schneider, who served on the Wisconsin National Guard and recruited fellow Guard veterans as his first employees.
“More than 20 percent of our associates have military experience, so we understand how important it is to help them serve,” Copeland says.