Veterans Hiring and Training Initiative Surpasses Original Goals

April 30, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama announced Tuesday that a veterans training and hiring program had significantly exceeded its original goals.

During a White House ceremony, Obama said that the Joining Forces Initiative had encouraged and challenged businesses to hire or train 290,000 veterans and spouses. She said the number was nearly three times higher than the original 2011 goal of 100,000, and with eight months to spare.

“This is about giving these men and women a source of identity and purpose,” Obama said. “It’s about providing thousands of families with financial security, and giving our veterans and military spouses the confidence that they can provide a better future for their children.”

Obama and Jill Biden launched the Joining Forces Initiative in 2011 to encourage education, employment and health programs for military personnel and their families.

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