125,000 Veterans, Spouses Hired Through Joining Forces

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden launched the initiative last year with a goal of having businesses hire 100,000 veterans by 2013.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week that Joining Forces, the initiative she and Jill Biden started in 2011, has marked 125,000 hires of veterans and spouses. 

The original goal was for businesses to hire 100,000 veterans and spouses by the end of 2013, according to the Joining Forces blog.

Obama spoke to service members at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville and told them 2,000 companies have hired veterans because of the technical and human skills members of the military have to offer.

“Make no mistake about it, you all have the talent, you’ve got the training and the experience to lead America’s economic comeback, and America’s businesses understand that,” she said. “And that's why they’ve stepped up so readily to answer this call.  That’s why they’re hiring folks like all of you every day all across this country.”

And even with the companies exceeding the goal of hires for veterans and spouses, they’re not slowing down, she added.

“It would be understandable if these companies just stopped now and patted themselves on the back for a job well done and called it a day.  But instead, these companies are doing just the opposite –- they’re doubling down on their commitment to all of you.  And today, they’re pledging to hire or train another quarter of a million of our nation’s heroes—a quarter of a million—250,000—including at least 50,000 military spouses.”

Daniel Walker August 28, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Where is their proof of this? I don't know anyone that has gotten hired from this program in the SoCal area. Does anyone else?
David B Secor August 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Great job, Daniel! I knew one of you 24/7 Fox viewers would deny this is even happening, but thought Komfort would be first. Is he/she out of town?
Daniel Walker August 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Hi David. Sorry to disappoint you but I'm not a Fox viewer. Nor do I want to plan word games. I am a unemployed, disabled veteran who is a active member of several veteran organizations here locally. I have been talking with other veterans about all the great publicity in the news. We haven't found anyone we know who has benefited from this specific program? We have several other programs locally that are helping veterans but times are tough here. We have a large contingency of veterans here locally in SoCal. I'm sure we would all like to see some help here but I'm not seeing it from this program? Daniel
Krash August 29, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I just started working aboard Camp Pendleton in May. Me nor my family really don't care what program I got hired under. I'm not am Obama supporter but I do know that he actually has started helping Veterans get hired and I will give credit where credit is due.


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