DAV (Disabled American Veterans) has named Cargill Inc., a Minnesota-based agricultural commodities company, its Large Employer of the Year. Cargill will be formally recognized during the DAV & Auxiliary Virtual Salute program scheduled for Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. EDT on DAV’s website (www.dav.org/virtualsalute).
As a part of Cargill’s commitment in hiring veterans, the company has a specialized military talent acquisition specialist who helps translate the mission-driven focus that veterans have toward protecting the nation into a new and noble mission of feeding the world.
Cargill has been a Minnesota Yellow Ribbon Company since 2014. The Yellow Ribbon program honors companies with a demonstrated, public business commitment to supporting members of the military and veterans. Cargill also has a strong presence in the fight against veteran homelessness in the Twin Cities. The company helped raise $375,000 for the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans to address homelessness.
Cargill also has a strong strategic philanthropic outreach program for veteran-related causes. Every year, Cargill supports efforts of the Minnesota Military Family Foundation (MMFF) to assist the families of deployed military members. In 2019 alone, Cargill was a key supporter of events that yielded more than $200,000 for MMFF. Cargill also teamed up with the DAV Department of Minnesota, sending a representative to visit troops in Kuwait in 2019 to serve more than 4,000 service members.
“Cargill knows that veterans and disabled veterans alike come to the workforce with experience in management, leadership and teamwork,” said DAV National Commander Stephen “Butch” Whitehead. “I’m grateful for what they have done for the men and women who served and their commitment to employing our veterans in my home state of Minnesota and beyond. They clearly understand that when you hire veterans, you hire some very skilled and sought-after talent.”
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, providing employment resources to veterans and their families, and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a nonprofit organization with more than 1 million veteran members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.