New York, NY (Oct. 22, 2013)—The 100,000 Jobs Mission announced today that its members have collectively hired 92,869 U.S. military veterans through the third quarter of 2013. This private sector initiative was launched in early 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and ten other companies with the goal to collectively hire at least 100,000 veterans by the year 2020. Since then, the coalition has grown to 121 companies that represent almost every sector of the U.S. economy.
"Our coalition has made great progress," said Maureen Casey, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase. "But the 100,000 Jobs Mission is much more than a number. We are committed to positioning veterans for long-term success and sharing best practices."
And the companies did just that at their quarterly meeting last week hosted by Lockheed Martin in Arlington, Va. The meeting focused on bridging the knowledge gap between civilian and military cultures and breaking down barriers to employment. Company representatives also divided into working groups that focused on several important topics including talent sharing among 100,000 Jobs Mission members through its Veteran Talent Exchange, hiring military spouses and launching business resource groups.
"By working together and sharing best practices, the 100,000 Jobs Mission companies are deepening the level of understanding of the challenges veterans face when they enter the civilian workforce," added Casey. "This has been critical in helping veterans understand their own skills and businesses understand the tremendous value military-experienced employees bring to their companies."
Another recent 100,000 Jobs Mission development has been the creation of the Veteran Talent Exchange (VTX), an employer-led web tool that facilitates the sharing and referral of veteran career profiles among 100,000 Jobs Mission members. Military and veteran job seekers and their spouses can join the Veteran Talent Exchange by going to www.VTX.jobs Opens third party site disclosure in a new window or by accessing it through www.100000JobsMission.com Opens third party site disclosure in a new window. AT&T, a founding member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, is leading the Veteran Talent Exchange effort.
About the 100,000 Jobs Mission
Launched in 2011, the 100,000 Jobs Mission is a coalition of 121 companies committed to hiring at least 100,000 U.S. military veterans by 2020. The coalition's companies have collectively hired 92,869 veterans through the third quarter of 2013. For more information on the 100,000 Jobs Mission, visit www.100000JobsMission.com Opens third party site disclosure in a new window.