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Veterans United Home Loans receives 2013 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award for best new hire orientation program

April 30, 2013

Veterans United Home Loans receives the ERE Best Onboarding Program award at the 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference and Expo held April 16.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Veterans United Home Loans announced it received the ERE Best Onboarding Program award at the 2013 ERE Recruiting Conference and Expo held April 16. This is the first year for the Onboarding category, which honors outstanding ways to introduce new employees to the company through various orientation activities.

As part of its orientation, Veterans United has a unique two-day onboarding program focused on instilling the company's values: be passionate, deliver results and enhance lives. Prior to an employee's first day, he or she is sent a welcome card and a $10 bill. The individual is asked to spend that money being kind or helpful to someone else. During orientation employees discuss the impact their action had toward enhancing another's life.

"The driving force of Veterans United is our values," said Amanda Andrade, chief people officer at Veterans United. "We want our employees to be fully committed to living out our values, so we encourage folks to participate in giving back even before they start their new career. We want to make sure they come into the company with the same excitement the rest of our employees have for fulfilling the dream of homeownership for veterans and active military."

The remainder of the orientation consists of understanding the VA home loan program, meeting with various employees and team-building activities. The second day of the orientation process was added in March 2013, and focuses on helping employees understand the experiences of veterans and active military.

Read the full list of 2013 ERE Recruiting Excellence Award winners.

Veterans United Facts

  • $34 billion
    in loans financed in 2022
  • Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Recipient
    by the Secretary of Defense
  • More than 4,300 employees
    in more than 36 states
  • More than $130 million
    raised for nonprofit charitable arm, Veterans United Foundation since Nov. 2011
  • No. 8 Best Place to Work
    according to Glassdoor Best Places to Work in 2022

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Communications Manager
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Tierre Banks
Sr. Media Relations Specialist
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Meet The Expert

Chris Birk, Vice President of Mortgage Insight at Veterans United Chris Birk
Author, The Book on VA Loans

Chris is the nation’s leading expert on VA Loan benefits. He authored The Book on VA Loans in 2011, and maintains the VA Loans Insider blog. His analysis and articles have appeared at a host of sites and publications, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, USA Today, the Houston Chronicle and more. Members of the media may request a free copy of The Book on VA Loans to learn more about the VA loan program.

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