According to Military Times Edge magazine, US Airways ranks among the 40 “Best for Vets” employers for 2012. Recognized for its policies and programs to recruit and retain military veterans and to accommodate and support deployments by US Airways employees who serve in the National Guard and on reserve duty, the airline garnered top billing for the second year in a row.
The "Best for Vets" award is presented to companies that excel in three categories:
- Recruiting, with a budget and staff dedicated to military hiring, venues where jobs are marketed to veterans, and percentage of new hires who are military veterans;
- Reserve Policies, which offer pay and benefits for National Guard and Reservists to accommodate and support deployments, and
- Corporate Culture, where veterans are represented on the executive team.
US Airways’ employee group, called ServeUS, works to foster a culture at the airline to recruit, transition, develop, and retain military veterans. ServeUS members represent US Airways at veteran recruitment events nationwide.
US Airways also partners with Hire Heroes USA, an organization that creates job opportunities for veterans, to recruit military veterans at job fairs nationwide. In addition, the airline works with Honor Flight, an organization dedicated to bringing veterans free of charge to Washington, DC to visit their respective war memorials dedicated in their honor. Last year, US Airways conducted its 200th Honor Flight.
The airline supports active duty military members by giving them priority boarding on all US Airways flights and discount fares when traveling on official business. Additionally, US Airways’ partnership with the Fisher House Foundation allows members of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Dividend Miles, to donate miles to provide complimentary travel to military men and women, and their families, who are undergoing medical treatment.