Over the next five years, veteran unemployment will continue to drop as more companies pledge to hire veterans.
The Joining Forces initiative, founded by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, was created to help and empower veterans and military spouses find and keep jobs. As part of the 5 year anniversary of launching the initiative, 40 companies have pledged to hire over 110,00 veterans and military spouses over the next 5 years with 15 companies committing to 60,000 training opportunities in tech, aerospace, and telecommunications.
“They always have our backs, and they need to know that all of us have theirs,” Biden said.
Amazon is one of the many companies joining forces in the initiative. Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, vowed to hire 25,00 veterans and spouses. “We’re constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and who want to deliver for customers,” he said. “Those principles look very familiar to the men and women who served our country in the armed forces. And also their spouses.” Amazon is also committed to training military personnel in cloud computing where they will receive the Amazon Web Services certification.
Other tech giants joining the initiative include Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Go Daddy, EMC, SpaceX and more. Already well known for employing military, SpaceX has a high percentage of veterans as well as a high retention rate among former military. Microsoft and VetsinTech plan to train 5,000 veterans and offer certificates to pursue tech careers.
All of these companies coming together will continue to help combat veteran unemployment and ensure veterans find positions they are comfortable pursuing. Below are the tech companies committed to hiring veterans as part of the Joining Forces initiative.
25,000 veterans or military spouses:
1,000-3,000 veterans or military spouses:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
200-500 veterans or military spouses:
100-150 veterans or military spouses:
Samsung Electronics America
Samsung Austin Semiconductor
15% or more of all new hires:
Up to 10% of all new hires:
LG Electronics USA