Recently, I had the pleasure of joining the American Logistics Association (ALA) to thank and congratulate them as they announced that their member companies have hired more than 25,000 veterans and military spouses in the past three years. In October 2011, ALA was one of the first private-sector associations to answer the President’s call to hire more than 100,000 veterans.
ALA is one of many groups that have made significant commitments and contributions to hiring veterans and military spouses. Their member companies have seen that hiring these veterans and spouses is not only the right thing to do, but it is also good for their bottom line. At Joining Forces, we encourage more associations; large and small businesses; and state and local communities to step forward and hire veterans and military spouses — and we’re highlighting ways to make it even easier.
Connecting veterans with employers is an important step in supporting our economy and supporting our veterans and military families. In April of this year, the First Lady and Dr. Biden, announced the Department of Veterans Affairs’ E-Benefits Employment Center, the newest tool to support companies hiring veterans, and veteran job seekers.
Colonel Steve Parker, U.S. Army, is the Executive Director of Joining Forces.