VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge Gaining Speed

October 07, 2013 |

VetFriendly Job Challenge

Finding employment for veterans can be difficult – between difficult transitions, a floundering job market, and social stigmas, there are potent forces working against veterans securing jobs. To help fix that, the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge was started with one goal: get leading companies to hire veterans and military spouses. In support of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, 34,000 positions have already been filled. The HuffingtonPost reports that 32 companies have banded together to make that happen:

AECOM, Aetna, Airgas, Ally, Ball Corporation, Citi, Comerica Bank, Convergys, CVS Caremark, Duke Energy, Engility Corporation, Enterprise Holdings, Exelon, Graybar, Horizon Coach Lines, Hormel Foods, Nash Finch, Office Depot, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Safeway, Sears Holdings, Spectra Energy, Staples, TeleTech, U.S Treasury, United Health Group, Verizon, Waste Management, Western & Southern Life, and Xerox.

Veteran Recruiting, the organization initiating the challenge, has been around for roughly two years and has already hired over 34,00 individuals. Since the launch of the new program in May, that number has jumped up by 7,000.

Veterans interested in the virtual career fairs can find more information here.

Employers interested in taking on the challenge can find the proper information here.

For a comprehensive list of all the veteran career fairs out there, visit the Upcoming Job Fairs page.

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  1. Michael A. Burch says:

    Just keep me posted. Great web site!

  2. Johnny says:

    What about all the government contractors !

  3. Andy says:

    I live in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

  4. Craig Thomas says:

    I am a 50 percent disabled veteran. Do you have information on jobs for disabled veterans?

    • Mike Whitehead says:

      First Craig, THANK YOU for your service. I have a GREAT opportunity for you how can I get your info so I can send you to my site.I am Mike Whitehead from Las Vegas. Yes I am on FB

  5. Edward Ryan says:

    I am a 30% disable veteran and live in Big Stone Gap Va. Does anyone know of a good paying job and a car too.

    • TROY DARBY says:

      30% is all you need to get a job at the va medical center of your choice. See a job you like, but don't think you're qualified, "wrong". They will train you on the job for 2 years to get you hired under what's called the VRA. Veterans Readjustment Act. READ the descriptions. But know this Ryan, if you just want a job to get into the va system, go for something simple like housekeeping or food service, and then transfer to the dept. of your choice.

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  7. Vivian says:

    It is hard to give advise as to a job for anyone without having more info. What I might suggest is the website This site pulls from Monster, jobing, usajobs, etc. On the first screen you are given only two options. Think of EVERYTHING that might describe either your experience or what you want to do. For example, I had one vet who had in supply so we used LOGISTICS. When you look at the job postings look for other words that maybe you did not think of. You want to go to advanced to select the radius of where you live and other options. You may want to only go back a week if you pull up too many. If you want to work from home use REMOTE as one of your search options. GOOD LUCK!

  8. VOFEE KROMAH says: