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Koch Earns Honors as Military-Friendly Employer

Two new distinctions recognize Koch’s long-standing efforts to help veterans transition

November 12, 2021

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A former Marine who most recently served in the U.S. Army, Gary Miller has translated his service skill set to a new setting at Koch Industries – as a talent recruiter.

“Koch’s values are very much in line with what we learn and how we operate in our military branch and throughout our career,” he said. “Knowing that I was coming on to a company that really understood the values of what I had done for the last 20 years, I felt very comfortable coming on board with Koch. It was a seamless transition.”

And Gary isn’t the only veteran who feels that way.

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For the sixth time since 2015, VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business, has recognized Koch Industries as a Military Friendly® employer for helping veteran employees excel in the civilian workforce, a recognition Koch has earned six of the past seven years. This year's award is one of the latest recognizing the company’s culture and ongoing efforts to provide meaningful career transitions for military veterans across the United States.

Similarly, Koch company Georgia-Pacific has also been named to Forbes’ 2021 list of America’s Best Employers for Veterans after being chosen from a sample of 5,000 U.S. veterans working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in the U.S.

“We’re grateful for the continued recognition,” said Koch Talent Solutions Military Leader Vic Dennis. “As one of the largest and most diversified companies in America, we offer a variety of career opportunities that can fit each individual veteran’s passion and pursuit of self-actualization – continuing their lifelong journey of learning and contributing to society.”

Programs at Koch, such as Koch VETS, support veterans through their journey finding the right civilian role – whether inside or outside the company – and as they start working. At Koch company Infor, the Veterans Infor Network (VIN) business resource group is dedicated to empowering veterans and their allies with a forum to share knowledge. Infor Associate General Counsel Ron Potempa, a Navy veteran, said such a forum is “not typically available in a corporate setting.”

“I’ve been impressed with VIN because it highlights the value that veterans bring to the organization and taps talents that would otherwise go unnoticed,” Ron said. “It is great to be part of such a dedicated and focused group of veterans that help each other, make the company proud and promote a better workplace for everyone.”

Learn more about how veterans' skills can align with an open role at Koch companies here: KOCHcareers.com/Veterans.