Approximately 23 percent of Union Pacific's 2012 new hires - nearly 800 in total - are military veterans.
The railroad's progressive reservist policy, which compensates the difference between military and company pay for employees called to duty and continues to provide health plan benefits for dependents when employees are deployed, is one example of how Union Pacific supports its reserve, active duty and veteran employees and their families.
Another example is UPVETS, a Union Pacific employee resource group devoted to attracting, developing and retaining employees who are military veterans.
Union Pacific donated funds to Wounded Warrior Project from one-time tax credits the company earned for hiring veterans meeting various government criteria. These veterans are talented and highly qualified individuals. As part of Union Pacific's 150 th anniversary year, the company chose to donate tax credit funds in appreciation of its military and veteran employees and all the country's service men and women.Union Pacific frequently is recognized for its commitment to military veterans. The company received the inaugural Hiring Our Heroes Award for Post 9/11 Veteran Employment and Internships by the National Chamber Foundation; has been named a top military friendly employer by G.I. Jobs 10 times; and was one of just three companies selected to the Platinum category by M ilitary Times EDGE as a Best for Vets Employer. The company is a member of the Army Reserve's Employee Partnership Initiative; is a supporter of the Army Partnership for Youth Success program; is a past recipient of the Freedom Award, the U.S. government's highest employer recognition; and the Military Officers Association of America Distinguished Service Award. About Union Pacific It was 150 years ago that Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act of July 1, 1862, creating the original Union Pacific. One of America's iconic companies, today Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), linking 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail and providing freight solutions and logistics expertise to the global supply chain. From 2000 through 2011, Union Pacific spent more than $31 billion on its network and operations, making needed investments in America's infrastructure and enhancing its ability to provide safe, reliable, fuel-efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Coal, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and emphasizes excellent customer service. Union Pacific operates competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways. About Wounded Warrior Project® The mission of Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. www.up.com www.up150.com www.facebook.com/unionpacific www.twitter.com/unionpacific SOURCE Union Pacific