100,000 Jobs Mission Hires Over 200,000 Veterans
Four Years after Making Initial Hiring Pledge, Coalition of Companies Raises Goal to 300,000 Veterans Hired
New York, February 9, 2015 – The 100,000 Jobs Mission announced today that its coalition of private companies has collectively hired more than 217,000 U.S. Military veterans through the end of 2014 and is now committed to hire another 100,000 veterans for a total of 300,000.
"Four years ago, servicemembers struggled to find meaningful jobs because many employers did not fully understand how to apply veterans' skills and experience to their businesses. Since then, the 100,000 Jobs Mission has connected more than 200,000 veterans to good jobs that put their skills to good use," said Maureen Casey, director of Military and Veterans Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, a founding member of the coalition. "But our work isn't done yet. With nearly one million military members returning to civilian life over the next few years, the 100,000 Jobs Mission is committed to continuing its mission of helping U.S. veterans and military spouses obtain meaningful careers."
"JPMorgan Chase and the rest of the 100,000 Jobs Mission should be commended for their leadership and sustained commitment over four years. They have stepped up and joined forces to create opportunities for our nation's veterans and military spouses," said Colonel Steve Parker, Executive Director, Joining Forces. "They have been excellent partners with Joining Forces and have made a direct impact on reducing veteran unemployment. We look forward to working with the Mission as they look to hire another 100,000."
The 100,000 Jobs Mission was founded in 2011 by 11 companies, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., that pledged to hire at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. The coalition reports its hiring results quarterly and shares best practices for hiring and retaining veterans in their organizations. Many of these can be found on jobsmission.com. Since the coalition’s establishment, membership has grown to 184 companies that represent nearly every industry in the U.S. economy, including Timken, which joined the group in late 2013.
“Timken is proud to be a member of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, and being an active member of the coalition helps us stay on the forefront of best practices for hiring and retaining U.S. military veterans and spouses,” said Shaun Branon, Director, Talent Acquisition. “Military veterans possess the skills and experience that make them successful members of our company.”
Among the companies that joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission in 2014 were Amtrak and Chipotle, whose leaders understand the importance of the Mission and similar initiatives.
“Amtrak values the leadership, reliability and technical skills that veterans bring,” said Joseph H. Boardman, a Vietnam Veteran, Amtrak President and CEO. “We joined the 100,000 Jobs Mission because we want to make an impact on veteran employment. Working with the other coalition companies will help us achieve mission success.”
“Chipotle is growing quickly, and we are always looking for top performing employees that have the ability to empower top performers to achieve high standards. We are committed to hiring veterans from all branches of the military who have this ability, and are eager to watch their success as they help build strong restaurant teams!” said Monty Moran, Co-CEO.
The 100,000 Jobs Mission continues to seek like-minded large employers to join the commitment to hiring veterans and military spouses.
About the 100,000 Jobs Mission
Launched in 2011, the 100,000 Jobs Mission brings together companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans and military spouses. The 184 companies now involved have pledged to hire 300,000 veterans. They have hired 217,344 veterans through the end of 2014. For more information on the 100,000 Jobs Mission, visit jobsmission.com.