Outstanding Veteran and Military Advocate Award Nominee
Responses from: Denyse Gordon, Senior Manager–Veteran Support & Inclusion at CACI
1. Tell us why and how you support the region’s active-duty/reserve military and/or national intelligence community, their families and/or veterans.
At CACI, we believe America’s military is the strongest in the world, and that our military veterans deserve every citizen’s gratitude and respect for keeping our nation free. As a business, we are honored to have supported our customers in the Armed Forces for the past 54 years. We are also proud of our longstanding commitment to hiring veterans. We back this with robust veterans recruiting initiatives and a dedicated veterans recruiting team, and follow through with programs to mentor and support our vets when they join us. We recognize that veterans possess the talent, character, and dedication to duty that will not only advance our customers’ missions but also contribute to the teamwork and collaboration that drives our business success. Through volunteerism and financial donations we support charitable organizations that provide for veterans and wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their families.
2. What makes your company stand out compared to other companies participating in CSR?
Veterans will strongly identify with our mission to provide the information solutions and services America needs to defeat global terrorism and secure our homeland. In addition, both our Chairman and President/CEO are veterans who regularly communicate that supporting, recruiting, developing, and retaining veterans is a top CACI priority. We also believe our CACI Cares program, an industry-recognized and company-wide effort to promote philanthropic activities, brings distinction to our corporate citizenship. Through CACI Cares, we bring employees together to give back to our communities and promote the spirit of teamwork. Our focus includes educating the leaders of tomorrow, fostering community citizenship, and serving those who served.
3. Do you believe contributing back to the community allows your company to have a deeper connection with its clients/customers?
Yes, through philanthropic initiatives, CACI reinforces our commitment to our nation’s national security and serving those who’ve served our country – which also aligns with our customers’ national security missions. These volunteer experiences foster camaraderie and team-building among employees, both veterans and non-veterans, and help build a strong corporate culture that drives our business success.
4. What are some events or causes that inspire you and your team?
We’re inspired by America’s veterans, community support groups, and young people who will be tomorrow’s leaders. For veterans in particular, through volunteerism and financial donation we are proud to support charitable organizations that provide for veterans and injured warfighters and their families. These organizations include United Service Organizations (USO), Final Salute Inc., Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). CACI is the primary sponsor of Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (CAUSE) and has supported the organization since its inception. Additionally, several of our veteran employees volunteer as pilots for the Veteran Airlift Command, whose mission is to provide free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes. CACI has also supported the Ms. Veteran America Competition and its beneficiary Final Salute Inc., which was started to help homeless women veteran and their children obtain safe and suitable housing.
5. What advice would you give to companies trying to participate in CSR?
CACI is committed to veteran and military communities in the national capital area, across the country, and around the world. We hope to make a difference with organizations to promote and advance philanthropic activities. Companies should align their philanthropic efforts with missions that are important to them and encourage employees to participate.