PenFed Credit Union Named AMVETS ‘Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year’

Posted September 25 2019
by Media Relations

TYSONS, Va., Sept. 24, 2019PenFed Credit Union, the nation’s second-largest federal credit union, today announced it was selected by AMVETS as the large company “Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year.” The award recognizes companies with more than 750 employees that make great strides to employ veterans and participate in meaningful community involvement within the military community.

“We are proud to be recognized by AMVETS for our contributions to the military community, and we will continue to welcome our nation’s defenders as a mission-critical part of our PenFed team,” said PenFed President and CEO James Schenck. “Veterans strengthen the workplace with their diverse experience, skills, leadership and determination to succeed.”

AMVETS is a Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that represents the interests of more than 20 million veterans and has over 250,000 members nationwide.

As part of an ongoing commitment to select and support veterans, PenFed launched a Military Employment Program focused on supporting every phase of the employment lifecycle for all members of the military community including veterans, military and surviving spouses, wounded warriors and their caregivers, reservists and National Guardsmen.

In addition to spending 25% of its recruiting budget on military recruiting, PenFed collaborates with dozens of military employment organizations, as well as dozens of installation Transition Assistance Program offices, to enhance military employment efforts. Currently, 12% of PenFed employees have a military affiliation. Schenck says PenFed’s goal is to double the national average of veterans in the workforce, which is currently approaching 9%.

PenFed has a strong legacy of being a military-friendly company. The PenFed Foundation – PenFed’s charitable arm – was created in 2001 and, since then, has provided more than $30 million in financial support to veterans, active-duty service members, families and caregivers. Charitable donations from the credit union and Foundation equal 2% of the credit union’s annual income, with the majority going to military charities.

The PenFed Foundation Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program (VEIP) launched last year with a Foundation contribution and matching funding of up to $1 million from PenFed Credit Union. The program provides veteran-owned start-ups with seed capital to build and grow their businesses, creates a robust network for veteran-owned businesses to succeed and enables the PenFed Foundation to perpetually reinvest returns in future veteran-owned businesses.

Veterans interested in careers with a military-friendly company are welcome to join PenFed’s Military Talent Pool.

About PenFed Credit Union

Established in 1935, Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) is America’s second-largest federal credit union, serving 1.8 million members worldwide with $24.5 billion in assets. PenFed Credit Union offers market-leading certificates, checking, credit cards, personal loans, mortgages, auto loans, student loans, and a wide range of other financial services with members’ interests always in mind. PenFed Credit Union is federally insured by the NCUA and is an Equal Housing Lender. To learn more about PenFed Credit Union, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us @PenFed on Twitter. Interested in working for PenFed? Check us out on LinkedIn. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.