When members of the military return to civilian life, they will look for opportunities for full-time employment in a number of different sectors. The Obama administration has made the hiring of veterans one of its priorities through the Joining Forces initiative.
According to the program's executive director Brad Cooper, 1,600 employers have signed up to be part of the program. The initiative's goal is to hire 170,000 veterans and their spouses over the course of the next two years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
"Veterans are in every community in America," said Cooper, according to the newspaper. "It takes efforts at both the local level through small businesses as well as through large companies with a national reach to make a difference."
One firm leading the charge is Citigroup, which plans to hire more than 1,000 veterans during 2012. So far the financial institution has hired 344 veterans under the initiative as of May 21.
In another recent effort to increase the number of employed veterans, the Walmart Foundation recently donated $ million to support Goodwill's Operation Good Jobs.
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