Zeiders Celebrates 30 Years as a Leader in Military Quality of Life Services and Military Community Support
Feb 27 2014
Thirty years ago, Michael Zeiders, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975, started the company, working out of his home in Woodbridge, Virginia. Today, the company’s corporate headquarters is located on Caton Hill Road in Woodbridge and the company has satellite offices in San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia. Zeiders now delivers on a mission to provide quality of life support services to military service members and their families. Today, the company has over 1,000 employees serving in over 100 worldwide locations supporting a variety of human services programs including family counseling, military spouse employment, personal financial management, and career transition.
In 1986, Zeiders was awarded its first military Family Service Center contract at the Marine Corps Base Quantico. As the military faced new challenges in service delivery, Zeiders has responded with new contract services to meet service member, family and command needs. By the mid-1990s, Zeiders Enterprises graduated from small business status and established a solid reputation for providing quality services through the operation of the Navy’s largest regional Fleet and Family Support Center in Hampton Roads, Virginia, as well as the Navy’s Centers in San Diego, CA and many smaller centers around the country. The company’s capabilities now include the largest veteran- and military-focused personal finance counseling provider network, a virtual career center supporting military spouses, and behavioral health services which are recognized with the Joint Commission’s Health Care Staffing Services certification for quality.
Zeiders has had the humbling privilege to support our nation and the U.S. Navy during difficult times. In 2000, the company provided support for the families of the USS Cole bombing and in 2002, four Zeiders’ staff members received Meritorious Public Service Awards for supporting the establishment of the Pentagon Family Assistance Center after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Company staff has also responded to natural disasters including Hurricane Katrina and the San Diego fires.
Michael Zeiders and his wife Charlotte are also the founders of the Quality of Life Foundation. The Foundation, established in November 2007 as a 501(c) (3) public charity, continues the tradition of Zeiders Enterprises by providing support to families who provide daily in-home care for catastrophically wounded, ill or injured veterans. The Foundation has served veteran families across the nation and coordinated the delivery of goods and services estimated at over $918,000. The Foundation is co-located with Zeiders Enterprises who provides pro-bono office support to the Foundation. Michael Zeiders believes that the company’s ability to succeed is based on the organization’s corporate values and its employees’ talent and commitment. He says, “We are proud of our past, humbled by our chance to serve our nation, and excited about the opportunity that the future holds for our company”.
MOAA participates in the Warrior Family Roundtable each year with Zeiders Enterprises. This years’ roundtable is planned for April 25, 2014 and will focus on women veterans. It is tentatively titled, Have You Ever Served?: Supporting Women Veterans in Health, Home, Employment and Community.
This discussion is meant to advance the dialogue about women veterans, particularly with regard to what we know and what we need to learn to support a successful transition from military to civilian in the areas of psychological well-being, health, housing and employment.