NEW YORK, Nov 02, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The 100,000 Jobs Mission today announced a new goal and name for the coalition of companies committed to employing U.S. military Veterans. Beginning today, the coalition will be renamed the Veteran Jobs Missionand commit itself to collectively hiring a total of one million military Veterans. This new commitment reflects the coalition’s longstanding commitment to support Veterans and their families.
Since its founding in 2011 by 11 corporations, the newly-renamed Veteran Jobs Mission has grown to over 200 companies that have together – as of September 30, 2015 – hired nearly 300,000 Veterans. The coalition reached its original goal of hiring 100,000 Veterans in early 2014 and increased its goal to 300,000 in early 2015. Representing almost every industry in the U.S. economy, the coalition’s efforts have contributed to the sharp decline in the unemployment rate for post 9/11 Veterans, from just over 12 percent in 2011 to 5 percent as of September 2015.
“I am thrilled that the Veteran Jobs Mission is raising the bar for companies across the country by pledging to hire one million veterans and military spouses,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is an incredible commitment - and I know that these companies aren't doing it just because it's the right thing to do for our country. They're doing it because it's the right thing to do for their bottom line. Our veterans and military spouses are some of the most dynamic, dedicated, and highly skilled individuals in America - and I want to thank the Veteran Jobs Mission for all they're doing to help these men and women continue to serve this nation in the years and decades ahead.”
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