The Defense Department reported that on a recent visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., first lady Michelle Obama announced a private sector hiring commitment of 25,000 military spouses and veterans as part of the Joining Forces campaign.
The first lady indicated that 270 companies represented by the American Logistics Association for doing business in military resale and morale, welfare, and recreation, have committed to hiring military spouses and veterans in the next two years.
Some hiring is already taking place with Siemens, Sears and Sam’s Club through Chamber of Commerce job fairs.
Both President Obama and the first lady indicated that despite the 3 million post-9/11 war veterans’ experience, many military spouses and veterans are struggling to find good employment.
“If you can oversee millions of dollars of assets in Iraq, you can help a business balance its books here at home. If you can juggle the demands of raising a family while a husband or wife are at war, you can juggle any demands of any job in the United States of America,” the president said.