Virtual Service Operations Honored as a 2024 VETS Indexes 3 Star Employer

[Manassas, VA] – April 11, 2024 – Virtual Service Operations is proud to receive the VETS Indexes 3 Star Employer Award in the 2024 VETS Indexes Employer Awards. The award recognizes VSO’s commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, developing, and supporting veterans and the military-connected community.

This year, a record 344 organizations submitted completed surveys for the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, an increase of more than 100 from last year and nearly triple the number from two years ago. Of those, VETS Indexes recognized 285 organizations across the following award levels: 5 Star Employer, 4 Star Employer, 3 Star Employer, and Recognized Employer. Not every responding organization made the cut – only those that demonstrated a strong commitment to veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserves, and military spouses. Participating organizations included companies large and small, government agencies and departments, nonprofit groups, colleges, and universities.

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George Altman, president of VETS Indexes congratulated VSO, saying:

The diligent efforts of Virtual Service Operations to hire, retain and support veterans and the military-connected community have earned the organization a highly coveted VETS Indexes Employer Award. Competition for the VETS Indexes Employer Awards was tougher than ever in 2024, as a record number of organizations participated. Even with hundreds of employers in the running, Virtual Service Operations demonstrated a strong dedication to veteran employment. Congratulations to Virtual Service Operations on this achievement! 

Virtual Service Operations is proud to be led by a forward-thinking and robust team, many of whom are U.S. Military Veterans. Upon notification of the award, company executives shared their thoughts:

Leading companies have discovered the secret in plain sight: veterans.  If you invest in a system to identify, recruit, and train veterans, you will have a more virtuous workforce, a more diverse workforce, and a more effective workforce.  We encourage every business leader to follow this path and reap the benefits of hiring heroes.

– Stephen O’Keefe, CEO of VSO

VSO’s focus on veteran employment is at the heart of who we are as a company and its wonderful to see that focus gain industry recognition.  As a veteran myself, it brings me great pride to be part of an organization that truly values and understands the sacrifices made by those who have worn the uniform of the United States. Be they retired, reserve, or just one enlistment, our veterans bring extraordinary skills and experience to the civilian workplace and should occupy a prime position in any company’s HR strategy.

– Darby Mee, VP of Public Sector at VSO and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Receiving this VETS Indexes 2024 Employer Award is a true honor.  Honor? The word resonates; I am honored to have served my country with my fellow brother in sisters in arms. Honor? The word is impactful, I am honored to be part of VSO’s recruit, hire, and retain Veterans mission and the incredible impact I have seen first-hand on their careers and more importantly their lives. Such awards underscore the importance of these programs, and a collective recognition of the invaluable contributions Veterans can make beyond the battlefield. Be honorable, honor our Vets!

– Ethan Watts, VP of Channel and Commercial at VSO and U.S. Navy Veteran

As the most objective and comprehensive evaluation of veteran employers, the VETS Indexes Employer Awards program has set a new standard in veteran employment data. VETS Indexes and its Employer Awards have been featured on CNBC, Fox Business and BNN Bloomberg, as well as military-specific outlets, including, Military Times and Stars & Stripes. This in-depth survey and recognition program analyzes employers’ policies, practices, and outcomes in detail, across the following 5 categories: 

  • Veteran job candidate recruiting and hiring
  • Veteran employee development and retention
  • Veteran-inclusive policies and culture
  • Support for members of the National Guard and Reserves
  • Military spouse/family support

For more information on the process and methodology behind the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, please click this link: To register and participate in the upcoming 2025 VETS Indexes Employer Awards competition, please click here:


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About Virtual Service Operations

Virtual Service Operations is a U.S.-based managed services and engineering firm for infrastructure, cloud, and hybrid environments. Our military veteran workforce provides reliable, secure, and cost-effective solutions for companies in need of a flexible, affordable approach to hybrid architecture and data management.

About VETS Indexes

VETS Indexes is a leading voice on veteran employment issues, overseeing the VETS Indexes Employer Awards, hosting the Employing U.S. Vets Conference, unearthing unique and unprecedented data on veteran employment through the Veteran Employment Benchmarking Service, and developing custom indexes, linked to financial products, that track the performance of the publicly traded companies that have established themselves as the best employers for veterans. 

The VETSX and VTRNIX indexes were created on the premise that the companies that make the best use of the highly talented, yet under-valued, talent pool that veterans represent will ultimately see a benefit to their bottom lines. The performance of the indexes has emphatically confirmed that thesis, outpacing the S&P 500.   

As the world’s first resource for U.S.-veteran-themed indexes, our mission is to provide innovative solutions that recognize the value created by the mission-critical mindset, unique skills, and specialized training that veterans bring to the workplace. Our mission also includes a commitment to always donate a significant portion (target of 20% and no less than 5%) of our net profits to charitable organizations that support veterans and their families.  

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The Impact of Mentorship – Insights from Michael Curry

Supporting U.S. Military Veterans through their transition to the civilian workforce is at the heart of what we do at VSO. Every month on The 11th, we highlight a U.S. Military Veteran with unique insights and advice surrounding the topic of military-to-civilian career transition. This month, Michael Curry joins us from the Emerald City to share his insights from his transition from the United States Army to the field of technology.

From a young age, Michael felt drawn to serve in the U.S. Military due to his family’s legacy of military service. According to Michael, “Growing up as a kid, I didn’t really think you could make a living outside of the military.” Following in the footsteps of his father, an Air Force veteran, and his grandfather, a WWII Navy veteran, Michael enlisted in the Army.

Through his ten years of service in the Army, Michael affirms that he “became a different person, for the better.” He looks back on his military service with pride in his accomplishments and gratitude for the manifold opportunities that only a military career can provide.

When the time came to transition into a civilian career, finding an experienced and knowledgeable mentor was key to Michael’s success. Working with his mentor, Michael was able to translate his military experience to the civilian workforce and adapt to a career in technology. He encourages transitioning servicemembers to face challenges head-on, emphasizing the need to “out-hustle everybody else” to achieve success.

Looking back on his transition from the military, Michael urges employers to recognize and value the unique skills military veterans can bring to the table. By providing opportunities for hands-on experience, employers can give transitioning service members the chance to prove their unmatched determination, work ethic, and problem-solving skills.

Michael’s words echo the mission at the heart of VSO: to recruit, hire, and train military veterans in the technology industry. We encourage every company to learn how to unlock the potential of America’s most highly trained and deserving workforce by echoing Michael’s challenge to promote Military mentorship and internship programs.

Watch Michael’s video to learn the importance of mentorship during a transition from the military and share with a transitioning service member or employer who would benefit from Michael’s insights!

Navigating the Transition: A Veteran’s Journey to Achieving Success and Empowering Others on the Same Path

Transitioning from military to civilian life is a journey filled with uncertainties and challenges. Today, we are sharing a glimpse of the inspiring journey of Joshua Burke, whose transition serves as guidance for fellow veterans.

Josh’s roots are deeply intertwined with a family legacy of military service. His grandfather’s courageous missions in WWII, earning him a place in the “Lucky Bastard Club,” set the stage for Josh’s journey. Despite never envisioning a military career, Joshua felt the call to serve his country and sought the invaluable experience the military could offer.

From his service in Korea to his time at the Pentagon, Josh learned the profound lesson of respecting authority while also possessing the courage to stand up for what is right. These traits would later become pillars of his success in both military and civilian spheres.

His transition, which can often be overwhelming to navigate, proved remarkably smooth 17 years ago. However, even with the smooth transition, the period of transition still filled Josh with anxiety and nervousness. Drawing from his own experience and armed with a deep desire to support his fellow service members, Josh now dedicates his time to assisting active service members in navigating programs like the Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge program. Through his mentorship and guidance, Josh empowers veterans to utilize their military-honed skills and navigate the corporate landscape.

Today, Josh’s story serves as a beacon of hope for veterans transitioning into civilian life. Josh’s advocacy emphasizes that companies stand to benefit greatly from the unique perspectives and skills veterans bring to the table. By offering opportunities for growth and development, employers can unlock the full potential of these talented, disciplined, and resilient individuals.

Josh’s journey is a testament to the adaptability of veterans. Through determination, perseverance, and a commitment to service, he has not only navigated the transition to civilian life but thrived in it. His story reminds us that there is no challenge in the civilian workforce that a U.S. Military Veteran is not equipped to handle.

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We encourage you to share Joshua’s video with your networks in an effort to encourage veterans in the midst of career transitions and to educate employers who would benefit from tapping into America’s most deserving workforce.