We’re Celebrating 15 Years!

Today is a special one at Victory Media.

Fifteen years ago, Victory Media’s co-founders Chris Hale, Rich McCormack and Scotty Shaw celebrated the first day working at a new company—their own. Their mission was simple: create vital, civilian-produced resources for the 250K+ people leaving the military each year, at no cost to service members or taxpayers. In doing so, they introduced these candidates to civilian employment, entrepreneurship and education opportunities. Where companies and schools didn’t recruit from the military, Chris, Rich and Scotty showed them why they should.

Today, we celebrate a rich, 15-year history of creating opportunity and advocacy for our veterans, military spouses, service members and now high school students looking to take that “next step.” What started as an idea in “Suite B” (“B” for the basement in Chris’ house!) has become a thriving, growing business. We couldn’t be more proud of our employees, and thank our clients and business associates who have supported us along the way doing better for veterans and young professionals looking to make a difference in their own lives and careers—and ours.

We can’t wait to see what the next 15 years will bring… and show the world what we can do!

#HonorOurFuture with LinkedIn and Military Friendly®

For 15 years Victory Media has believed that veterans are better off for their service. To provide our heroes with everything they need to start their transition off on the right foot, we are proud to support LinkedIn’s #HonorOurFuture campaign.

#HonorOurFuture is a perfect way to showcase the way ahead for veteran talent. The campaign aims to shift perceptions away from focusing solely on veterans’ past and instead on veterans’ futures and all that they have yet to achieve. While we are proud of all that our service-members and veterans have accomplished in uniform, history has demonstrated that these great individuals are just getting started when they transition to civilian life. The message of the #HonorOurFuture campaign is just that – next time you meet a veteran, don’t just thank them, ask them what’s next.

To help, we are providing our 2017 list of Military Friendly® Employers and our Civilian Career FITness tool alongside LinkedIn’s veteran resources. Our resources coupled with a LinkedIn Job Seeker account give veterans a dynamic 1-2 punch to start their new civilian life.

Join the movement and SHARE the #HonorOurFuture message:

Happy Veterans Day

Victory Media supplies veterans and their families with Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources – and so for us, every day is a day to honor our veterans.

However around Veterans Day we take extra time to reflect on the heroism of those who have served our country. We showed our appreciation Wednesday by volunteering to raise flags at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies to honor those who have served our country. The cooler fall weather and cloudy skies provided a somber atmosphere as we hoisted the symbol of American freedom above the graves of servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Also this week we released our 2017 Military Friendly® lists of employers and schools who have programs in place to be better for veterans. It’s one of the many ways we serve our heroes, not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

Did your organization make the list?

Remembering D-Day 72 Years Later

Original Article first appeared on LinkedIn Pulse on June 6, 2016, written by Victory Media CEO Chris Hale. Here is the original link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/d-day-beginning-america-inspiration-chris-hale

Remembering D-Day: black and white photo of soldiers

Remembering D-Day: The beginning of America the Inspiration

Nearly a half million American service members, and countless more from other nations, gave their lives in World War II to enable the freedoms we Americans enjoy today.  The Greatest Generation in American history helped free the world from tyranny during World War II and marked the beginning of American Inspirational leadership.

American global leadership is about much more than just America the nation, our leaders and our government policies.  Many have said that America is more than a country.  It’s a grand idea.  A vision.  A belief.  An inspiration.  An inspiration that determination and hard work, marinated in a gravy of personal freedom, liberty and equality for all, provides the opportunity for every person to achieve whatever they desire.  That American Inspiration, our culture, has attracted the world’s best and brightest and most ambitious.  And that American Inspiration has produced innovation and benefit that has enriched the lives of every person on Earth.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, over 160,000 Allied troops conducted the largest amphibious landing in world history, landing in Normandy France and marking the end of Nazi rule 11 months later on V-E Day.  An estimated 10,000 American troops lost their lives on this single day on the beaches of Normandy. To put that into modern perspective, that’s more than 50% more than the total number of American casualties in the War on Terror since 9/11/01.  Many view today’s War on Terror generation as our modern day Greatest Generation, and who can argue with that?

The bravery and determination of our D-Day troops led to the prevailing symbol of the era, a “V” symbol, recognizing Allied “Victory” in Europe and the Pacific, and ushering in the America the Inspiration, which served as our inspiration for the naming of our company Victory Media fifteen years ago.

My most vivid memory of the Greatest Generation rests with my mom’s Dad, Albert Ott, who was not a war hero but who served in the Navy at the end of World War II.  I’ve shared his boot camp graduation photo with you above.  My “Pap” is in the sixth row, tenth from the left. My Pap was the symbol of his generation for me; a humble hero who epitomized the selfless sacrifice and values of the Greatest Generation. No doubt, many fellow Americans reading this have a “Pap” too.

Every time I see this photo I am compelled to think of where these boys heads’ are at this time. Look at the date on the photo. Many of these boys knew they were going to the Pacific theater where, if captured, American prisoners faced unthinkable torture or death. What these boys didn’t know is that only six weeks later, World War II would end.

If you have a relative who served in World War II, remember them today. If you are lucky enough to still have them around, let them know how much you appreciate and love them.

Memorial Day: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

In honor of Memorial Day, last Friday we volunteered to place flags in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies in Bridgeville, PA. It’s one small way we were able to make to show our appreciation for our nation’s fallen heroes.

Victory Media employees raise a flag

Teamwork: Victory Media employees raise a flag.

Team Victory Media at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Team Victory Media at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

Reflecting on the fallen

Reflecting on those who gave their lives for our country.

Chris Hale, CEO, Victory Media

Chris Hale, CEO, Victory Media

Volunteers hoist flags in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Volunteers hoist flags in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Flag above the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies

Flag above the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies