In August of this year President Obama made a commitment to getting 100,000 jobs for veterans and military spouses by 2014, and today the spotlight was on 25,000 of those jobs, as First Lady Michelle Obama made an announcement at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia that the American Logistics Association, a trade group of 270 private companies, is committed to hire 25,000 veterans and their spouses by the end of 2013 — for more details, see this news article.
ALA members who are participating include ConAgra Foods, which has vowed to hire 3,000 veterans, Prime Team Services, which will add 1,250, and Tysons Foods. ALA President Pat Nixon said most of the jobs are in on-base retail facilities, such as grocery and wholesale stores, gas stations, convenience stores, recreation facilities and day care centers. There’s no details yet on what types of jobs will be available, although Nixon mentioned that they won’t be restricted to just entry-level positions.
“The businesses making this pledge include name brands like Proctor & Gamble, Tyson Foods, Hewlett-Packard — but also smaller companies like Prime Team Services, which is planning to hire hundreds of military spouses and veterans next year alone,” the first lady said.
To date, 12,000 veterans and spouses have been hired under the Obama Joining Forces initiative, according to Bradley Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces. “The message for businesses is we want to ensure that these talented veterans and spouses have the opportunities they deserve, and that businesses understand that value that veterans and spouses bring,” says Cooper.
Hopefully this initiative will serve as incentive for other companies to hire veterans. Will it work in the long run? Stay tuned as this (and similar stories) develop, and feel free to sound off in the comments section below…