The 2019 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade offered yet another opportunity for U-Haul and its thousands of Team Members to acknowledge the military members who have, and continue to, defend us and the freedoms we enjoy.
U-Haul, founded by a WWII Navy veteran and his wife in 1945, was built on the backs of service members returning home from the war. These veterans went on to become many of the first U-Haul Team Members, neighborhood dealers and customers, seeking to move their families to a better life.
Today, U-Haul actively recruits veterans and gives them preference in the hiring process. The Company has been recognized through the years as one of the top veteran-friendly employers in the U.S.
U-Haul also earmarks a significant portion of its annual charity contributions to assist veteran organizations and causes.
Veterans Day Parade
More than 60 U-Haul Team Members, accompanied by a number of family members, walked in the Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, beginning at North Phoenix Baptist Church and spanning several blocks to the Phoenix VA Hospital.
The Company’s presence in the 23rd annual event is nothing new. (U-Haul is also a longtime fixture at the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.) Local admiration for the commitment of U-Haul to honor, help and hire veterans continues to grow among the masses of parade spectators.
Team Members handed American flags to children, and hand-messaged tribute cards to veterans along the route. Gold Star mother and artist Kathryn Cross designed the cards. Her work has been supported by U-Haul for many years.
U-Haul trucks donning the U.S. Armed Forces SuperGraphics – including the newest one featuring the Ford Island Control Tower Pearl Harbor, which U-Haul and Chairman Joe Shoen have donated funds to help restore – were received with applause and appreciation.
Time to Cheer for Vets
Carl White, with bullhorn in hand, led spectators in cheerleading sessions to the chants of “God Bless America,” “Support Our Troops” and “Let’s Go U-Haul.” White, a 23-year Team Member and part of the U-Haul Midtown Campus maintenance staff, has veterans in his family.
A number of the Team Members to walk this year are proud veterans.
Are you a veteran interested in a career with U-Haul? Please visit uhauljobs.com for positions currently available near you.