Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindles to Recovering Soldiers, Pledges to Hire 1,200 Veterans

Amazon Donates 2,000 Kindles to Recovering Soldiers, Pledges to Hire 1,200 Veter

The word "Kindle" might conjure up thoughts of fancy devices, e-Books, or online shopping, but now, Kindle devices can also be linked to the military. On Thursday, Amazon Inc announced a donation of 2,000 kindles to non-profit organization Operation Homefront to support wounded service members and their families and, in continuing its commitment to support transitioning military service women and men, Amazon pledged to hire at least 1,200 veterans in the next 12 months.


Earlier today Amazon was named to the G.I. Jobs annual list of top military-friendly employers, marking its second consecutive year on the list. Amazon’s ongoing commitment to hiring veterans was recognized last month by U.S. Veterans Magazine in their list of Top 100 companies recruiting veterans. Amazon has also been recognized by Military Spouse Magazine as a top military spouse-friendly employer. A press release on Business Insider quoted Dave Clark, Amazon's vice president of global customer fulfillment, as saying:


“Amazon is committed to supporting veterans as they transition from military life to civilian life and is excited to donate 2,000 Kindle devices to the wounded warriors at Operation Homefront, an organization dedicated to supporting our nation’s military. As we continue to create jobs in the U.S., we want to ensure that our nation’s veterans know that Amazon is a destination where they can turn their unique skillsets into a robust career.”


“Once finished with military service, most veterans search to find another meaningful mission. They want to ensure their work has a continued sense of purpose,” said Josh Teeter, a former enlisted Army soldier who began his Amazon career as a temporary fulfillment center associate and now leads one of the company’s largest fulfillment centers as a general manager. “Amazon’s commitment to hiring and developing veterans reflects its customer-centric focus and has provided me with the career opportunities to succeed.”


Amazon currently employs hundreds of self-identified veterans in its 40 U.S. fulfillment centers and pays its full-time, permanent employees 30 percent more than what traditional retail store employees earn. Amazon has a team made up of veterans that is devoted to military recruitment and offers its veteran employees access to mentoring and career support to help them develop their skills into long-term careers at Amazon. In 2011, Amazon launched a Virtual Contact Center enabling employees to work from home while providing customer service support, and has actively recruited military spouses and wounded warriors into those roles.