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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Private Sector Pledges to Hire Thousands of Military Spouses, Veterans

  • October 19, 2011
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Some 270 companies represented by the American Logistics Association have committed to hiring 25,000 military spouses and veterans in the next two years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday during a visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., with her husband.

The commitment comes as part of the Joining Forces campaign and is the largest to date toward the president’s challenge for the private sector to hire 100,000 military spouses and veterans by 2013, reported American Forces Press Service.

The pledge includes a wide array of firms, including Procter & Gamble, Tyson Foods and Hewlett-Packard, as well as smaller companies.

The first lady said the administration wants to raise industry’s understanding that many critical job skills — time management, organization, people skills, and complex decision-making — are “second nature” to military spouses and veterans. “That is really the reason why we’re here today, because those are precisely the skills that we need in workplaces across America,” she said.

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