The White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign has prompted the private sector to hire or train more than 125,000 veterans and military spouses in the past year, meeting its goals more than a year early.
First Lady Michelle Obama announced the accomplishment Wednesday while addressing sailors and their families at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Fla. The 2,000 businesses that have participated in the initiative have pledged to hire or train an additional 250,000 veterans and military spouses in the coming years, she said. At least 50,000 of that total will be spouses, reported American Forces Press Service.
“Today’s announcement is just the beginning. We’re not going to stop until all our veterans know that when they hit the job market, their skills will be rewarded,” Obama said. “And we won’t stop until all our military spouses know that the next time their family is transferred, they won’t have to leave their profession behind,” she added, referring to a separate initiative urging states to make it easier for spouses to transfer their licenses or certification credentials when they move with their families to a new duty station.
“These companies are not just making these commitments because it’s the right thing to do, which it is, but because it’s the right thing for their bottom line,” the first lady told the audience.