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Veterans in Action

100,000 Jobs Mission companies hire 140,832 veterans through first quarter 2014

Washington, DC – Companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission coalition hired a total of 140,832 U.S. military veterans through the first quarter of 2014.

Launched in 2011, the 100,000 Jobs Mission brings together companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans. The 154 companies now involved have pledged to hire 200,000 veterans by 2020.

The companies met in Washington, DC in May to share best practices and discuss some of the challenges impacting veteran and military spouse employment.

“We continue to learn from experts and then refine our programs to help veterans and their spouses succeed in the civilian workplace,” said Maureen Casey, director of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase, a founding member of the coalition.

The 100,000 Jobs Mission has expanded its efforts to hire military spouses too, launching the Military Spouse Talent Exchange, or MTX, as part of the twentieth annual Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 9. Spearheaded by AT&T, the MTX online portal gets the resumes and profile information of spouse job seekers in front of participating 100,000 Jobs Mission companies.

Like the Veteran Talent Exchange, which launched in July 2013, MTX lets the employers easily access and exchange the profiles of candidates referred by other coalition companies. Spouses can input their skills, competencies and experiences gained through their own and their family’s military service.

“The 100,000 Jobs Mission and the Military Spouse Talent Exchange are great examples of industry-leading practices that will connect military spouses looking for meaningful careers with employers who value their talent,” said Meg O’Grady, program manager of the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership Program.

As part of the third anniversary celebration of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative, Dr Jill Biden announced that the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership program has placed more than 60,000 military spouses since the program was launched in 2011. “Through active outreach, the Department of Defense is collaborating with corporations, small businesses and community organizations to expand the network of employers committed to hiring military spouses,” O’Grady reported.

For additional information about the 100,000 Jobs Mission and the MTX, visit JobsMission.com and www.mtx.jobs.



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