Honor veterans on Nov. 11 and throughout the year

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans in war or peace. It coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other countries to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.

According to Texas Workforce Commission data, veterans make up approximately 6.8% of the state workforce. That FAS is comprised of 8.32% of veteran employees is a point of pride for the portfolio, as it speaks to our broad-ranging diversity recruitment efforts. Human Resources provides more information about UT’s veteran’s employment preference. For external support, the Texas Veterans Portal offers a suite of services for veterans, their families and caregivers.

Binta Brown, director of Diversity and Talent Management, states that veterans bring a multitude of skills, experiences and perspectives to the workplace, acquired through their service.

“Informational differences, strong work ethic, leadership, teamwork and adaptability—these are increasingly invaluable in our fast-paced and rapidly changing landscape,” Brown said.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic will change the way we typically acknowledge this holiday, with most gatherings and parades cancelled, Senior Vice President and CFO Darrell Bazzell encourages FAS staff to find their own special ways to honor our veteran colleagues. Regardless of their motivation to serve, we should always honor veterans’ willingness to risk their lives for the protection and freedom of our country.

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Nov. 10, 2020