Tuesday, the President, Vice President, First Lady, and Dr. Biden announced that 290,000 veterans or military spouses have been hired or trained. On top of that, an additional commitment of 435,000 veterans or military spouses hired by 2018 has been made.
At the Business Roundtable Quarterly Meeting in March, the First Lady urged CEOs to "think outside the box. Take real risks. And work together to make big, bold commitments to hire our veterans and military spouses and help them reach their full potential within your companies." Now businesses have been getting more and more creative.
Wal-Mart has promised to any veteran who has served honorably that if they need a job in the year after they separate from the service, they can have one at Wal-Mart. The Blackstone Group is setting up a program where each of its 50,000 managers is pledging to hire one veteran.
They say there is still more work to do. With the one million service-members transitioning out of the military in the coming years, every business that has not yet joined this effort should to make a commitment to hire or train our veterans and military spouses in the years to come.
The President, Vice President, First Lady, and Dr. Biden have noted that with the Iraq war over and the war in Afghanistan drawing to a close, more than one million service members are projected to leave the military in the next several years. Hiring our veterans and military spouses will not only help them manage the transition, but shows them that our nation truly honors their service, not simply with words, but with real, concrete action that will profoundly impact their lives long after they leave the military.
Companies are making new commitments to veteran employment every week. The following companies are among the many that recognize that hiring veterans is good for their bottom line: