We Believe that Veterans are
Better Off for Their Service.
The founders of Victory Media and Military Friendly® left the Navy in the late 1990s only to discover a lack of good resources to help them transition into civilian careers. The government’s Transition Assistance (“TAP”) Program was around then, but limited in scope. As co-founder and CEO Chris Hale likes to say, “It took nearly 11 months of plebe year for the Navy to transform me into a midshipman. TAP class is going to turn me back into a civilian in 2 ½days?”
Chris, along with co-founders Rich McCormack and Scotty Shaw, knew there was an opportunity to create vital, civilian-produced resources for the approximately 250,000 people who leave military service each year—and to create a more efficient way for schools and employers to connect with this group of talented candidates. In 2001, they founded Victory Media and launched its flagship G.I. Jobs® magazine and website that still serves today as the go-to resource for service members, veterans and transition managers.
Meet Our Founders
We have a sign that hangs prominently in our office in Pittsburgh. It reads, “We believe that veterans are better off for their service.” This belief drives everything we do. This belief also drives corporate America and educational institutions to invest in programs to recruit veterans as employees, students, suppliers and customers in a way that creates sustainable demand for their services.