Announcing 125,000 Hires Through Joining Forces

Uploaded by whitehouse on 24.08.2012

Barrett Scruggs: Today we're at Mayport Naval station.
And we were here to listen to the First Lady Michelle Obama
talk about her and Dr. Biden's initiative, Joining Forces,
her campaign to encourage business owners to hire veterans
leaving forces.
The First Lady: Last August, my husband issued a challenge to
American businesses.
He challenged them to hire or train 100,000 veterans and
military spouses by the end of 2013.
And since Jill Biden and I launched Joining Forces,
he asked the two of us to take the lead on working with
companies to fulfill this challenge.
And today I am so proud to announce that these 2,000
companies have not just met our challenge,
they've exceeded it.
As of today, they have hired or trained 125,000 veterans and
military spouses.
Nicole Alcalde: Hiring over 100,000 veterans is just a phenomenal aspect.
And because of Michelle Obama and Dr. Biden's initiative,
I was able to get corporate America to see my leadership,
management and experiences and leverage it into getting a
position with the city.
Henry Eckman: Military life is a lot different,
you go directly in the military, you learn a lot of skills.
And it's nice to have a government that actually stands
behind us and tries to give us, you know,
better employment with great companies.
Barrett Scruggs: So I'm directly, I think, linked to what this program is meant to
do and what it's achieving on a daily basis.
We're at the point in our, I think,
military engagement where we're going to start seeing a lot of
military veterans coming out and they're going to
need opportunities.
And I think it's the right thing for business leaders to look to
that group of people to leverage their leadership experiences,
right, and infuse that talent inside their companies.
So I think the initiative is really special,
because it highlights kind of that need and that cause.
The First Lady: I want to send a very clear message to the men and women who
are wearing or who have worn our country's uniform and to
their spouses.
When you have finished your service to our nation,
you have got 2,000 great American companies ready and
waiting to bring you on board.
So let the work continue.
Thank you, all.
God bless.
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