The city of Los Angeles last week launched a regional hiring initiative aimed at getting 10,000 veterans jobs by 2017 through the pledges of more than 100 companies and support from 40 nonprofit and public sector organizations.
The city will commit $9 million over the next five years to link veterans with jobs, and ensure they account for 10 percent of those being served at the city’s new workforce development centers, set to open next month, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Through this initiative, the workforce centers — as well as regional service providers such as the California State Employment Development Department, the Veterans Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service and the Los Angeles County Worksource Centers — will connect veterans to companies interested in hiring them.
Companies participating in the 10,000 Strong initiative include Bank of America, Coca-Cola, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, DreamWorks Animation, Health Net, Verizon, USC and the Walt Disney Co. Government participants include Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles Police and Fire departments, Metro and the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
“Our troops are finally returning home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “They need more than a smile and a hug. They need housing. They need jobs. They need full integration back into civilian life.”