U.S. employers have hired or trained 290,000 veterans and military spouses since the Joining Forces initiative was created two years ago, nearly tripling the program’s original goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday.
Businesses now are pledging to hire or train an additional 435,000 individuals over the next five years, she added.
“We know that today is not the finish line,” Obama said. “Today is simply just a mile marker, and we’re not going to stop until every single veteran or military spouse that is searching for a job has found one,” she said, reported American Forces Press Service.
The first lady — who appeared at the White House with the president, vice president, and Jill Biden — noted that with more than 1 million service members leaving the military in the next several years, it is more important than ever for businesses to make a commitment to veterans and military spouses, according a press release.
Walmart, which earlier said it would offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran in the year after he or she leaves active duty, announced that it had set a goal of making a job offer to veterans within 30 days after they apply. The company projects it will hire and train more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years.
Walmart also has joined with other companies to create a larger pool of opportunities for veterans seeking employment, Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon said in a written statement.
For more information about the federal government’s efforts to help service members succeed in the civilian marketplace, visit the DOD website.