One of the things I promised myself while in Vietnam was a new set of wheels when I returned to “The World.” The day after my return, I bought a new Pontiac GTO and enjoyed it for several years until a drunk driver plowed into me on Christmas Eve and totaled it. Fortunately, I my wife, and three kids were not harmed. I’m sure a number of veterans have placed a new vehicle purchase on their to-do list when they return from their all-expense-paid US Government vacation. If so, they should include Hyundai on their list to check out.
On August 22, Hyundai announced that U.S. Veterans Magazine ranked Hyundai Motor America among the nation’s top veteran-friendly companies. The results were announced via their 2013 Best of the Best Lists, which evaluates employment, business and supplier opportunities for returning U.S. veterans. Hyundai Motor America was the only automotive manufacturer to receive this honor. Hyundai notes that in addition to being a company that provides employment opportunity for veterans, it also offers the best automotive rebate program in the industry. Hyundai’s Military Rebate Program provides anyone who has served a single day in any branch of the U.S. Military, including Reserve and National Guard forces, with a $500 rebate towards the purchase or lease of a new Hyundai vehicle. The program similarly applies to spouses of military personnel.
“The goal of our annual evaluation is not only to bring information and guidance to our readers, but also to encourage active outreach and diversity policies among corporations and government agencies,” noted Mona Lisa Faris, president and publisher, U.S. Veterans Magazine. “Hyundai Motor America offers veterans the opportunity to quickly and easily transition into civilian life by providing engaging and valuable career opportunities.”
“Providing valuable employment opportunities to returning veterans remains one of our most mutually-beneficial hiring strategies,” said Erwin Raphael, director, Engineering & Quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Veterans possess the character, discipline and personal drive that we look for in our employees. Making it a priority to provide veterans with valuable careers and rebates on new vehicles is an opportunity for us to give back to those who have dedicated their lives to our country.” In 2012, Hyundai Motor America paid more than $24 million in rebates to U.S. military and family members, making Hyundai one of the most veteran-friendly car companies in America. This year, U.S. military personnel and veterans account for a remarkable 1 in 10 Hyundai vehicle sales.
The 2013 Best of the Best Lists were compiled from a multitude of sources including market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses. More than 250 companies and institutions participated in this year’s evaluation, resulting in lists of the nation’s top veteran-friendly companies, top supplier diversity programs, top Veteran Business Owners (VBOs) and Disabled Veteran Business Owners (DVBOs), top government and law enforcement agencies and top veteran-friendly schools.
U.S. Veterans Magazine (USVM):
USVM’s goal is to open up immediate, lucrative employment, business and supplier opportunities for veterans, transitioning service members, disabled veterans, and veteran business owners within the federal government as well as corporate America. We link companies and government entities to qualified career and business candidates from the ranks of the nation’s veterans. We facilitate veterans’ transition from military to civilian life through the latest information on careers, employment and educational opportunities, and financial, benefits and business advice.
Hyundai Motor America:
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.