OREANDA-NEWS. For the second consecutive year, General Motors is the only automaker recognized by Military Times in its Best for Vets: Employers 2016 rankings. The Best for Vets list evaluates company culture and policies that cater to military veterans.

“The recognition is a credit to the ongoing hard work of our military affairs, veteran hiring and employee resource group leaders,” said Ken Barrett, GM chief diversity officer and a former U.S. Navy captain. “Veterans bring a unique perspective and strong work ethic – and make us a better, stronger company.”

The award is based on a rigorous 90-question survey analyzing a company’s efforts to connect with veterans and provide an environment for success. To view the complete list of companies, visit militarytimes.com/best-for-vets.

“We applaud GM’s ongoing efforts to hire and support its veteran employees, and we hope they inspire others in their industry to become ‘Best for Vets’ employers in 2017,” said Peter Lundquist, president, Sightline Media Group and general manager, Military Times.   

GM has supported the U.S. military since 1917, when 90 percent of GM’s truck production was directed toward WWI manufacturing. During WWII, GM converted all its plant facilities in support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call for an “Arsenal of Democracy,” and has produced more U.S. military vehicles than any manufacturer in history.

Today, more than 14,000 veterans work at GM facilities across the U.S., and GM partners with Building for America’s Bravest, Hiring Our Heroes and the Achilles Freedom Team to support military families.

In 2016, GM was the only automaker named a top employer for military veterans and spouses by both G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.

GM is also committed to its active-duty, reserve and veteran customers, as well as their spouses. In honor of Military Appreciation Month, the military discount program for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles has been expanded to include all veterans, regardless of separation date, through May 31, 2016. 

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands.