AT&T is proud to hire veterans and their family members and to support training and skills-building programs that put veterans on the path to career success. As AT&T celebrates achieving its goal to hire 20,000 veterans by 2020, the company remains focused on identifying new opportunities for veterans and their families so that they can continue to succeed in a variety of industries. AT&T has announced it’s awarding a $50,000 grant to Blue Star Families to support our work. This grant funding will go a long way toward helping us carry out our mission of serving the loved ones of those who have served our country.
A great example of AT&T’s commitment to hiring military veterans and their families is Jamie Rufolo, a military spouse who has been with the company for the past 20 years. AT&T initially hired Jamie in 1999 after she had worked with the company as a college intern. After she married her husband, U.S. Army Major Dennis Rufolo, in 2006, Jamie’s family has relocated almost every two years to new military posts.
AT&T made it possible for Jamie to build her career while supporting her husband’s service and caring for her family. During her time with AT&T, Jamie has held ten positions in ten cities from coast to coast and traveled for work assignments to more than 16 countries and 26 states. Alongside her career at AT&T, where she trains and supports FirstNet consultants who deliver lifesaving tools to America’s first responders, Jamie makes time to give back and helps other military families by providing mutual support. Jamie formerly served as National President of the Employee Resource Group, AT&T Veterans, comprised of ~10,000 employees across the nation, understanding personally the sacrifices and unique life challenges that military life brings.
Jamie says she had no idea when she first joined AT&T how much her lifestyle and circumstances would change. Still, she is grateful to have found a company that recognizes the importance of military service and supporting military families. It’s stories like hers that remind us of how important it is to have supporters like AT&T standing right beside us, and we are very grateful for their generous support of Blue Star Families nationwide.
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