Last Monday, First lady Michelle Obama and Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced a pledge that more than 100 construction companies made a commitment to hire more than 100,000 veterans within the next five years because they believe it is the smart thing to do for their businesses:
As one construction industry executive put it, “Veterans are invaluable to the construction industry. Men and women who serve in the military often have the traits that are so critical to our success: agility, discipline, integrity and the drive to get the job done right.”
The agreement is part of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative led by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden:
Joining Forces is a national initiative to engage all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Since the first days of the Administration, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them.
Since the challenge of hiring as many veterans as companies can was put forth by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden:
We have been overwhelmed by the response. From household names like Disney, Starbucks, Wal-Mart and the Blackstone Group; to coalitions like Veterans on Wall Street and 100K Jobs Mission; to regional businesses and mom-and-pop shops and restaurants in tiny towns, American businesses have hried nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses.
The First lady makes a claim that by hiring veterans, businesses will be ensuring that they have qualified employees to strengthen our economy:
And they will be sending a clear message that we honor those who’ve sacrificed for us, and are determined to serve them as well as they have served our country. America’s veterans deserve no less.