Home Depot prizes the skills and leadership abilities that former military personnel bring to the company, and that’s why it hired 13,000 of them in 2004. Now it has launched Operation Career Front, an even more extensive campaign to recruit veterans into its ranks. "It’s good for the individual, it’s good for the company and it’s good for the country because it rewards the brave men and women who serve in the military," says Donovan.
The second-largest school district in the nation now has a retired Navy captain at the helm of human resources. In two years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has transformed itself from an employer of last resort to a first pick. Chief Human Resources Officer Deborah Hirsh accomplished the salvage job by upgrading recruiting techniques and enrolling existing teachers in training and educational programs tobring their credentials up to snuff. She also recruited a Navy colleague to help.