At Hy-Vee, we proudly stand behind our employees and customers who serve our country. We are committed to honoring military heroes and recruiting veterans, service members and their families to the Hy-Vee team.
Meet some of our Hy-Vee employee heroes. We salute their service to our country and their helpful smiles and service in our aisles.
Department Manager, Cherokee Distribution Center (Iowa)
After 22 years in the Army Reserve and two deployments—one stateside, another to Iraq—Will Joines wanted to focus on his Hy-Vee career. But when Will’s former commander asked if he would help gather school supplies for children in Afghanistan, Will said yes. He obtained approval to donate leftover back-to-school inventory but ran into a snag: sending supplies by FedEx would cost $15,000 to $20,000. So Will contacted the Hy-Vee closest to Fort Riley, Kansas, for assistance. “They were tickled to death to help,” Will says. With approval, he sent donated school supplies on a Hy-Vee truck, and military representatives picked up the donations and sent them to Afghanistan.
Hy-Vee Courtesy Clerk, Marion (Iowa)
When the Korean War ended, Jim Shetterly, who had just finished training and was on a ship headed toward combat, was sent to the Philippine Islands. There he worked as a weather observer, a job that once sent him flying into a typhoon. After he completed active duty, Jim retired from his civilian career and began working at Hy-Vee. Jim’s son and daughter-in-law sponsored a spot for him on a Hy-Vee Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. “It was a wonderful experience,” he says. And one that underscored why he likes working for Hy-Vee. “If I had my life to live over, I would have made Hy-Vee my career. I love it that much,” he says.
Hy-Vee Store Director, Marion (Iowa)
When Andy Streit got the call that his Marine Corps Reserve unit was shipping out for the Gulf War in 1990, he was running the front-end at the Muscatine (Iowa) Hy-Vee. “I was shaken up,” he recalls, “Everyone was very supportive that night.” Andy’s coworkers threw him a going-away party. And when he returned home, his fellow Hy-Vee employees accepted him back into the store as if he had never left. As Andy worked his way through the Hy-Vee ranks to become a store director, he came to realize more fully how much Hy-Vee values citizen soldiers and veterans. “That applied a lot to how I manage my store and what I do in regards to veterans and current service members,” he says.