Hire Heroes USA Releases 2020 Hire Heroes Report

Hire Heroes USA presents research supported by the Walmart Foundation on employment trends emerging within the military community during a tumultuous year
Hire Heroes Report funded by the Walmart Foundation

Veterans nonprofit organization Hire Heroes USA published its fourth annual Hire Heroes Report Monday, which found veterans and military spouses experienced greater and persistent rates of unemployment in 2020. In an extensive study, the report provides meaningful insights from the experiences of 46,400 transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses who navigated a job search last year.

This analysis was made possible by the Walmart Foundation and strengthened through partnerships with SAS and Pinnacle, Inc. As a result, this year’s study contains some of the most important findings ever seen from Hire Heroes USA.

“This report provides unparalleled analysis and insight into the economic challenges veterans and military spouses faced in 2020,” said Hire Heroes USA CEO Andrew Sandoe. “The depth and rigor of the Hire Heroes Report have led to collaborations with government agencies, and across the veteran service community. Without the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, we would not have been able to compile and analyze this data, which allows us to refine and strengthen our programs and deliver unmatched results to the clients we serve.”

Key Findings: 

  • While gender disparities in pay persist, disparities narrowed in 2020
    For the first time, our top hiring company was a civilian employer, Amazon

COVID-19 Impacts: 

“Our clients already face unique challenges in their search for meaningful employment, and the COVID-19 pandemic did not make that search any easier in 2020,” said Hire Heroes USA Program Evaluation and Compliance Manager Hannah Hyde. “We were able to implement a wider offering of services for our clients to ensure that they were able to continue their job search safely and effectively. Despite increased unemployment durations, more Hire Heroes USA clients were hired into new positions in 2020 than ever before.”

In addition to reporting trends to further the national discussion, the Hire Heroes Report allows Hire Heroes USA to redefine and improve programmatic support to better equip job-seeking service members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in their civilian careers.

The full report is available here

 About Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA empowers US military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. Our organization offers personalized one-on-one coaching, professionally revised resumes, mentoring, workshops, a job board, career fairs and more, to tens of thousands of job-seeking veterans and military spouses annually. Hire Heroes USA prioritizes transparency, earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and the GuideStar Platinum Seal. Funded exclusively through public donations and private grants, we provide our services at no cost to clients. For more information about our organization, visit hireheroesusa.org.