AAFES Exchange named ‘Best for Vets’ employer


DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has been named a ‘Best for Vets’ employer for the third straight year by Military Times.

The designation recognizes the Exchange as having a company culture and policies that cater to military veterans. The Exchange was also named a Best for Vets employer in 2014 and 2015.

“We value the talent, skillset and unique perspectives veterans bring to the Exchange and this award reaffirms our commitment to our core value of ‘family serving family,’” said Leigh Roop, Exchange executive vice president and chief human resources officer. “It’s about giving back not only through providing great products and services, but to provide career opportunities to those who sacrifice so much to protect our freedoms. It’s the least we could do.”

In 2015, the Exchange made nearly 1,300 new hires of veterans. In addition, the organization employed more than 3,400 U.S. Armed Forces veterans last year, which comprised 10 percent of the organization’s overall workforce.

Sightline Media Group, which encompasses Military Times, Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, based the rankings on a more than 90-question analysis of a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for their success. The Exchange ranked No. 54 on this year’s list.