As a former military brat, I love hearing about the ways companies give back to its military, both retired and active, on Veterans Day. There’s free meals, parades, and all of the graciousness that surrounds the holiday. This year, join Hilton as it celebrates America’s troops in a major way with Operation: Opportunity. It’s a special Hilton career program for military members.

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Hilton is giving back to veterans and their families with Operation: Opportunity and discounts. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke/ Road Trip TravelingMom

Operation: Opportunity

Truth: within the next five years an estimated 1 million members of our military are expected to “draw down.” In celebration of Veterans Day 2016, the Hilton hotel brand will be giving back to our troops in a major way with Operation: Opportunity.

Through this commitment to military men and women, the program “is specifically designed to help and assist our veterans and armed services military personnel in acquiring jobs and positions at Hilton Worldwide providing them with a good opportunity to work in the hospitality industry. ”  

Operation: Opportunity is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment “to 10,000 veterans, military spouses and dependents to find purpose in civilian life through a long and fruitful career serving others in hospitality.” Translation? They’re helping military families get back on their feet. 

Amanda Callister, a former Logistics Readiness Officer in the United States Air Force, went through the management development program at the Waldorf Astoria New York. She is now Capital Projects Coordinator at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.

Amanda Callister, a former Logistics Readiness Officer in the United States Air Force, went through the management development program at the Waldorf Astoria New York. She is now Capital Projects Coordinator at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC. Photo Credit: Hilton.

Transitioning to Civilian Life

I remember when my father retired from the Air Force many years ago. He had such trouble trying to find a job in his former field, working on computers. Present day, Hilton knows the value retired military men and women have when they come home from active duty. It’s these skills and experiences that are highly transferable into a new job.

Compliments of their former positions they know all about empathy, communication, and the ability to work under pressure. Add in self-confidence, cultural & generational awareness, team leadership, decision-making and they’re ideal. Translation? It makes them the perfect candidates for the hospitality industry! I truly wish this program was in place when he retired.

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Hilton Times Square. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke/Road Trip TravelingMom

Additional Hilton Military Perks

In addition to reaching its goal of hiring 10,000 veterans, spouses, and dependents, Hilton is adding the following perks:

  • An exclusive military family rate at hundreds of participating Hilton hotels across the country for both active and retired U.S. military who book with a special rate code. A valid military I.D. at check-in is required.
  • A military career website that can match military skills with Hilton jobs and Hilton careers at Hilton Worldwide.
  • Team Member Resource Group: Created for veterans at Hilton Worldwide, the group will launch later this year and will promote professional growth and provide perspective to the company.