Joining Forces initiative to put military families to work
First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden hit the campaign trail to support veterans and their military families. The American Logistics Association (ALA) is working with the First Lady to hire and train more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.
The Joint Base Langley-Eustis stop is part of President Obama’s American Jobs Act bus tour that emphasizes the importance of hiring America’s veterans.
“The ALA’s commitment today is the largest coordinated effort by the private sector we’ve seen in years, maybe ever. And they’re making these hires not just because it’s the right thing to do or the patriotic thing to do. They’re doing it because it’s good for their bottom line. They know that these veterans and military spouses represent the best, and they want them on their team,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “And that’s what Joining Forces is about, tapping into all that goodwill that’s out there, all across America, in every sector of society, and channeling it into meaningful action that’s a win-win for everyone.”
The President also suggested that Americans needed to take care of military members who fought against terrorists to ensure freedom.
“We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their careers, leave their families, and risk their lives to fight for our country,” President Obama explained. “The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home. That’s why I’ve made increasing job opportunities for veterans a critical priority for my Administration and why the American Jobs Act I proposed includes tax credits to make it easier for businesses to hire America’s veterans.”
The jobs for “veterans and their families” supporters include notable and easily recognizable U.S. companies committed to hiring those who served their country; Tysons Foods, Coca Cola, Unilever and ConAgra along with a multitude of specialty suppliers to the on-base military consumer channel.
To accomplish its goal, the new association will begin several on-going employment programs including the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
Serving military families has been the focus of First Lady Michelle Obama’s attention during her time in the White House. Along with Jill Biden, the “Joining Forces program aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the support they have earned.”
The ALA’s pledge is to hire at least 25,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2013.
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