Companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission hired almost 141,000 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2014, putting the coalition of 154 companies on a trajectory to surpass its new goal of hiring 200,000 veterans by 2020.
At an event last week, Peter Chiarelli, former vice chief of staff of the Army, applauded the initiative for de-mystifying the impact of post-traumatic stress and recognizing there is no reason veterans affected by the condition cannot work.
“This is why coalitions such as the 100,000 Jobs Mission are important because they work to ensure that the invisible wounds of war do not brand a service member as damaged. These coalitions are open and willing to hiring veterans, realizing that they can be productive members of the workforce,” said Chiarelli, who is now CEO of One Mind for Research.
The 100,000 Jobs Mission also expanded its effort to help military spouses find employment by launching the Military Spouse Talent Exchange, an online portal to showcase the resumes of spouses for participating companies.
“The 100,000 Jobs Mission and the Military Spouse Talent Exchange are great examples of industry leading practices that will connect military spouses looking for meaningful careers with employers who value their talent,” said Meg O’Grady, program manager of DOD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership program.