Jon Giacomin is Chief Executive Officer of the Medical segment at Cardinal Health. Giacomin currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Cardinal Health Foundation. He is the chairman of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance board of directors and a member of its executive committee and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He is a member of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation board of directors.
Honoring our Military Veterans
As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I feel particularly privileged to be a leader at Cardinal Health, a company deeply committed to supporting the men and women who have served in the U.S. military. From assisting transitioning veterans to the civilian workplace, to providing training and development as veterans build their careers, to helping those in need, we are honored to serve those who have so bravely served our country.
Our support of veterans was recognized several years ago, when Cardinal Health was honored with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award—the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
Those who have served in the military have values that can’t be taught—values like duty, honor and integrity. We know that veterans are mission-driven, and have the passion, commitment and leadership skills that make them invaluable in the workplace. We also know that it can be challenging to transition from the military to the corporate world. For all these reasons, we actively recruit and hire veterans, and encourage other employers to do the same.
Our recruiting team and our business leaders regularly attend events geared toward veteran recruitment and networking. We actively recruit veterans by posting positions on job boards for the military and returning veterans. Our company also participates in the Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces.
For separated and soon-to-be separated service members and their spouses who are seeking employment, we offer a free Veterans Professional Advancement Course (VPAC). VPAC was created by veterans; it’s a professional development and mentoring program designed to provide the skills to successfully transition into the civilian workplace.
Supporting veterans through charitable organizations
Cardinal Health has an active Veterans and Military Advocates (VMA) employee resource group, for which I served as executive sponsor for many years. The VMA is an inclusive organization of our employees whose goal is to continue the spirit of service by supporting each other, the Cardinal Health mission and veteran causes in our communities.
Each year, the VMA hosts the Resurrecting Lives Foundation (RLF) Charity Golf Outing in Dublin, Ohio, with 100% of the proceeds going to RLF. The 3rd annual event, held in August 2018, raised more than $43,500. These dollars will have a significant impact in supporting the Foundation’s mission of “advocating for the successful transition to post-military career and life for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).”
The VMA also organizes Operation Support Our Heroes. During the first week of November each year, employees volunteer to create thousands of care packages for homeless veterans across the U.S. and we partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs to distribute the care packages. The group expects to fill 4,000 packages for homeless vets this year.
We also support Fisher House Foundation, an organization best known for Fisher Houses which provide a free home-away-from-home for the families of military people receiving care at nearby VA hospitals. This year, as part of its Operation Support Our Heroes, the VMA will be creating 4,800 of its care packages for eight Fisher Houses across the country.
Our customers and vendors also join us in supporting veterans causes. This year, during a variety of national meetings for employees and customers, they helped us raise nearly $310,000 for Fisher House—bringing our support for the organization since 2016 to more than $1 million.
As a company, we are better for the veterans we hire, and for the support we provide to those veterans in need. As a leader, I am better for it, too.