First recognized as Armistice Day by President Wilson in 1919, November 11th marked one year since the agreement to cease fighting between the Allied Nations and Germany in World War I, or the “war to end all wars.” It was in June 1954 that President Eisenhower officially replaced the word “Armistice” with “Veterans” and the day became a time to honor American veterans of all wars. While Memorial Day remembers those that died serving their country and Armed Forces Day recognizes those currently serving, Veterans Day is observed to honor and thank living veterans for their sacrifices, patriotism and courage.
“As the daughter of a veteran and a supporter of our military, helping veterans transition out of the armed forces and start a career is important to me.”Veterans BRG Chairperson Margaret Zervins on why she joined the group.
Helping Staples honor this important day is our employee-led Veterans Business Resource Group (BRG). Our Veterans BRG, a network of employees who have served in the armed forces, supports the transition of recently discharged soldiers into the workforce. Not only providing guidance and resources to veterans working at Staples, the team partners with community organizations to support all veterans in their day to day goal of finding gainful employment. When asked why she joined the BRG, Chairperson Margaret Zervins explains, “As the daughter of a veteran and a supporter of our military, helping veterans transition out of the armed forces and start a career is important to me.”
Throughout the year, the Veterans BRG hosts several events, including a 5K Race to generate awareness for the veteran community and fundraisers for the New England Center and Home for Veterans. Last year, they worked with Habitat for Humanity’s Operation Playhouse, building a playhouse for the children of a local military family, as well as ran a charity drive for Sweats4Vets, collecting New England sports team sweatshirts to donate to homeless veterans in the greater Boston area.
This Veterans Day, the group has organized a care package drive for active troops, providing interested employees and their families with a box and list of suggested items like snacks, toiletries, and magazines. The supporter then completes the care package and brings it back to the team for shipping. “We typically ship around 500 boxes to soldiers deployed overseas and aboard ships,” states Zervins. In addition to this, each November, they set up a fallen comrade table in honor of fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members. This table, set for one, symbolizes the isolation of the absent individual.
With inclusion being a core value here at Staples, our Vets BRG and the full organization work hard to increase underrepresented groups in our workforce and make sure they feel like a part of the team. The result isn’t just a better workplace, it delivers the innovative thinking that helps us meet customers’ expectations and achieve our business goals.
Interested in joining the team? Check out our current openings.