Exec after exec I have talked with over the years at Lenovo are united on one point:

They and the company want to find ways to support U.S. veterans.

Lenovo, with deep U.S. roots it acquired in buying IBM’s PC business nearly a decade ago, is showing a continuing commitment to U.S. military veterans – men and women – and their children with a series of events this Veterans Day week.

We offered a tip of The Skinny’s cap to Lenovo in May for its veterans support. We do so again today.

Let’s start with assistance for female veterans.

Dress for Success Triangle, Lenovo Partner

Lenovo is working with Dress for Success Triangle to help female vets who are unemployed or underemployed.

So how can the world’s largest PC manufacturer help? A grant, for starters. 

“Lenovo’s partnership will enable Dress for Success Triangle to provide professional suiting, career and image coaching, and job retention programs to address some of the barriers women veterans face transitioning into the civilian workforce,” says Beth Briggs, who is executive director for the Triangle group.

“Those barriers include access to safe, affordable childcare; transportation; work experience; and in some cases, challenges related to post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS).”

Lenovo and Dress for Success triangle announced their partnership at the United Service Organization (USO) center at RDU International. Lenovo is a big backer of the USO.

Lenovo’s Beth Segovia, who is executive director for PC Services at Lenovo, pointed out that female veterans – especially in North Carolina – need a helping hand. 

“North Carolina has the nation’s sixth largest female veteran population, comprising more than 10 percent of the state’s overall veteran population,” Segovia points out.

She cited unemployment among female vets is a whopping 14.8 percent compared to 6.8 percent for male vets.

“Lenovo has a strong commitment to supporting our nation’s military,” Segovia reiterated in the announcement. “This partnership with Dress for Success Triangle is an important local part of that effort.”

Other Boosts

Lenovo is also working with the triangle-based Kramden Institute for the latest in a long-running series of “Geek-a-Thons” in which Lenovo employees help update and repair PCs that are in turn provided to children of veterans.

Lenovo also is hosting a clothing drive and a “Job Shadow Day.” 

The Geek-a-Thon beagn Monday and runs through Wednesday. The goal is to provide more than 250 children with PCs.

The clothing drive began Monday and runs through Thursday. Dress for Success triangle and the U.S. Military Veterans Foundation are the beneficiaries.

The “Job Shadow” program took place on Monday when Lenovo and the Enable America organization hosted six veterans. 

Enable America was founded to “assist with employment opportunities for people with disabilities.” 

Now that’s truly a noble cause.