White House honors companies pledging to hire, train veterans



First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced Thursday that more than 50 companies have pledged to hire and train veterans and military spouses in conjunction with their Joining Forces initiative to help support veterans and their families.

“You know our veterans and military spouses are some of the most dedicated, skilled, talented people in this country,” Obama said to veterans and Joining Forces companies in a ceremony at the White House State Dining Room on Thursday. “I’m happy that you’ve pledged to hired more than 110,000 of them and train more than 60,000 of them.”

Joining Forces, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week, has helped many veterans find jobs already. In the past five years, the organization has hired 1.2 million veterans and military spouses and has cut the veteran unemployment rate in half, Obama said.

Currently, 4.6 percent of veterans are unemployed, while 5.2 percent of non-veterans are, according to the Bureau of Labor statistics and Aleks Morosky, the deputy legislative director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a nonprofit service organization.

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