Walgreens mission is to be America's most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer. Our purpose is quite simple: To champion everyone's right to be happy and healthy. Our values are based on the principles upon which Walgreens was founded more than a century ago.
Walgreens completed a strategic combination with Alliance Boots in December 2014 to establish Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., forging the first global pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise. We are continually focused on finding better ways to run our business and serve our customers, and new ways to expand the suite of health and wellness services offered under the Walgreens brand.
Here are just some support and resources you'll find at Walgreens:
W-Vets Business Resource Group (BRG): A grassroots network of current Walgreens team members, this network is comprised of former veteran and military service members, active National Guard and Reserve service members, and military and veteran supporters, W-Vets offers networking, peer mentoring, professional development and community service opportunities, to help Walgreens build upon a deeply rooted tradition of supporting those who have proudly served.
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR): Walgreens has proudly pledged to recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and to ensure our managers and supervisors have the tools they need to effectively manage team members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.
In addition, Walgreens offers Military Leave and Military Bridge Pay to eligible team members. Employee store discounts are extended to spouses and eligible dependents.
My role is to represent Walgreens to the Federal government for our goods and services. This could be immunizations for VA or DoD patients or prescription services for other organizations like the Indian Health Service. My responsibilities include contracting, contract administration, networking with governmental agencies, and any aspect that impacts on how Walgreens is working with the Federal government. In addition, I represent federal opportunities to the various departments of Walgreens. Some of these departments include Legal, Contracting, Pricing, Marketing and IT. I am responsible for approximately $1.25B in Walgreens sales to the Federal Government.
The biggest piece of advice I can give about transitioning from the military to the civilian sector is to start early. As you think about leaving the military, start networking and preparing for that transition. You want to have a position when you leave, not start looking for a position after you leave the military.
I served from 1998-2003, was stationed in MCAS New River, my unit was HMM 162, and I am an Iraqi Freedom Veteran. After being Honorably discharged in 2003 I returned to Chicago to go to college. I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010. I began working at Walgreens in April of 2014 as a Senior Accountant, and have recently accepted a position as a Senior Financial Analyst in the Results and Planning Department.
In my new role I will be part of a team that looks to increase value and forecast accuracy for Walgreens, by looking for opportunities to increase efficiency and effectiveness. What attracted me to this new position is the opportunity to find areas for improvement. As a AVI tech in the Marines my job was to fix aircraft in a safe and efficient manner learning from every maintenance task to spot recurring problems. I believe that this new role will be similar in that fashion, find faults and fix them.
The civilian world is very different than the military, I realized this the moment I needed to register for classes, unlike the military where all a Marine has to do is show up and report for duty in the civilian world the logistics are all on you. Understand that the majority of people have no clue what your skillsets are, nor understand the level of responsibility you had as a servicemen.