Tesla Motors has made it clear they want to be more than just a car company. They have been pushing for the environmental benefits of electric vehicles, going even so far as to offer their patents free for use by other companies, for the larger good. Now Tesla is being praised for efforts to help United States military veterans.
Many veterans face difficulty finding civilian jobs after they return from deployment. San Jose Mercury News determined that Tesla is currently well on their way to "becom[ing] a leading employer of America's military veterans." Currently, Tesla has about 6,000 employees— 300 of these are veterans. In addition, 600 more veterans are in the "hiring pipeline."
Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs (a military job board,) said when it came to employers for veterans, "Tesla has risen to the top. They have a good reputation. They hire veterans who can talk to other veterans. There is a language in the military, and having someone who can speak the lingo is important." This is because the company has essentially created a recruitment system, a work environment, and positions that are suited to the strengths of military members.