November 17, 2010 04:53 PM
By Suni Harford, Regional Head of Markets, Citi
Christopher Perkins, a former captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and now head of Citibank's Derivatives Intermediation and Clearing in the Americas, spoke to USA Today about Citi's industry-leading work to help military veterans transition into the workforce. The company's efforts include actively recruiting employees into Citi, guiding peer firms on similar initiatives and working with veterans advocacy groups on outreach, training and placements for ex-military personnel seeking careers throughout the financial services industry and elsewhere.
"Taking care of and assisting veterans to me is not solely the government's responsibility--it is the responsibility of all of us," Perkins said in the piece. "Americans don't have to serve in the military to serve their country. Rather, they can serve by getting involved in the veteran's community to assist with job placement, mentoring, etc. The challenge is raising awareness of the need and then making it easy for people to get involved."