Our history of supporting military veterans dates back to 1898 and the Spanish-American War. Company founder George Hormel promised full benefits and jobs upon their return to three team members who enlisted with the Minnesota National Guard. George understood the importance of the unique leadership experiences of our veteran team members and the shared values they brought to the culture and mission of his young company.
Our respect for the service and sacrifices of military veterans and their families continues to this day. We are considered a top company for veterans, thanks to our recruiting practices, our culture and our generous policies related to veterans, reservists and their families. One key to our culture is the Hormel Military Veterans Engagement Team (HMVET), a group of volunteers that provides assistance to former and current military members and their families as they integrate into the Hormel Foods family.
The Army shaped Dawn’s life in countless ways, not only professionally, but personally. Her military experience helped to develop the soft skills required to communicate with all types of people and cultures.
The military puts a certain perspective on what teamwork is. It has taught me how to work with all different types of people and cultures.Dawn Becker, Army Veteran
Hormel Foods is a place where veterans can apply the skills they cultivate in service to our country to a work environment and thus, continue making a difference in the lives of others.
Awards & Recognition
Third-party organizations consistently recognize Hormel Foods for our commitment to military team members and veterans, as well as their families.
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon
Hormel Foods was recognized by the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs for making the support and care of service members, veterans and their families a priority. Our veteran team members share what the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon distinction means to them.
Best for Vets
Hormel Foods has been ranked as a Best for Vets employer for 10 consecutive years. This list evaluates many factors including an in-depth analysis of a company’s efforts to recruit, retain, and support current and former service members, military spouses, and military caregivers.