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Throughout National Veterans and Military Families Month, we’ve been showing our support and honoring veterans all month long through a variety of events, volunteering initiatives, and more.

Verizon’s commitment to the military community is evident in its recognition as a Military Friendly Company®, ranking in the top 5 for the past thee years. Recently, Verizon was named the #4 Military Friendly Employer and #8 Military Spouse Friendly Employer for 2023. The company also received the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion for the second consecutive year and returned to the top 15 of the 2022 Best for Vets: Employer survey.

Here, we salute all who’ve served and continue to protect our safety and freedom across the globe. Meet a few of our Verizon VALOR employee resource group members.

Meet Stuart
Senior Manager Data Science, US Army, 9 years 

V Teamer Stuart Hollingsworth’s nine year military life prepared him well with the leadership skills, critical thinking and accountability required to succeed in his Verizon career, currently with our Verizon Consumer Group  Omni Channel Analytics team, running Telephony Data Analytics. This past Veterans Day, Stuart looks back at his career with the 10th Mountain Division & U.S. Army Special Operations community with pride, gratitude, and fond memories.

Stuart comes from a long line of military veterans, with each generation of his family serving in every major conflict where the U.S. military was involved. As the son of an active duty Green Beret, Stuart watched the horrors unfold on September 11, 2001 and understood why he was raised to listen to the call to serve. Still too young to enlist, he waited patiently for the day he’d turn 18, and was honored to finally join the Army on March 17, 2003—a St. Patrick’s Day he’ll never forget.

Stuart has a wide range of military training under his belt, including schooling for Ranger, Sniper, Airborne, and Air Assault. After an honorable 9-year career, we were fortunate to have Stuart join our ranks as a V Teamer. Through Verizon VALOR, Stuart serves as project manager for Sheck’s House, a project for veterans experiencing homelessness. Sheck’s House a once-dilapidated Washington, D.C., home is now a residence for veterans struggling to get back on their feet. (Read more here about the initiative)

Meet DalAnn Martin
Executive Director of Revenue Assurance, US Army, 21 years 

DalAnn joined the US Army right out of high school as part of its Army College Fund program .  As a Combat Telecommunications Specialist, she set up mini-cellular towers in the field.  After completing her active duty service, she joined the US Army Reserves and received a bachelors degree in accounting  from The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, she worked at a large public accounting firm, specializing in utility client accounts.

“My military telecom experience and utility accounting expertise set me up for an opportunity as a Staff Accountant at a little cellular company start-up that only had 50K customers, but would eventually become part of AirTouch and then Verizon,” notes DalAnn. Her  30-year journey has included roles in Revenue Accounting, FP&A, Revenue Assurance, and Project Management, leading teams expanding in size from three to 300 V teamers. Currently, she’s an Executive Director of Revenue Assurance, ensuring that customer accounts are properly for their Verizon services. 

Meet Hugo Martinez
Security Solutions Architect, US Marine Corps, 22 years

Hugo recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after serving for 22 years on active duty as a Master Sergeant and his military occupation was Communication Chief. He also served as an Information Operations Planner, and a Strategic Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager. One of his most memorable  notable experiences was serving at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. While there, he  took part in future warfighting experimentation with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

He’s relatively new to Verizon, having joined in spring of 2022 after completing the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program. He was hired as a Security Solutions Architect to assist Verizon customers with cybersecurity solutions. “Security is a very important aspect of our day to day lives and impacts all of us someway or another. My military experience has helped keep businesses and hospitals operating without flaw, added Hugo..

Meet Tetoya Gibson
Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Manager, US Air Force, 20 years

Tetoya served as a Aircraft Armament Technician in the US Air Force, stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Like Stuart, the events of 9/11 had a profound impact on her as she loaded munitions onto the jets with the pilots waiting to take flight. ”Seeing the jets take off gave me such a sense of pride,” said Tetoya.

Her V Team journey began two years ago. After a fellow student pointed her to an opportunity to join Verizon via a notification on the university’s social media page, Tetoya jumped at the chance. Not only did it appeal to her desire to assist public safety but also fueld her love for tech. She applied and was contacted by Verizon’s military recruitment team.

The Verizon’s Credo line - “We run to a crisis” - is in Tetoya’s DNA. “The most rewarding part of my role as a Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Manager is having the ability to respond before, during and after disasters to provide important, mission-critical communications to our nation’s heroes in public safety, said Tetoya. “My Air Force training and experience prepared me well for this role.”

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