Veteran Jobs Mission Convenes in Dallas

"Veteran unemployment is a missed opportunity for businesses that must recognize the valuable skills that the military instills. Thank you for having the heart to be part of the solution." Vietnam Veteran and famed Dallas Cowboy quarterback Roger Staubach shared these words of gratitude with a packed room of fellow Veteran Jobs Mission members during a reception at the Plano Campus.

The Veteran Jobs Mission, founded in 2011 by JPMorgan Chase and 10 other leading companies, is committed to addressing U.S. military unemployment. With an initial target of 100,000 veteran hires by 2020, the coalition now comprises more than 240 private-sector companies that have hired more than 450,000 veterans. We are now working toward 1 million veteran jobs.

More than 100 Dallas area members of the coalition joined the event, representing a wide range of industries including American Airlines, AT&T, JLL, La Quinta, Southwest and Wells Fargo. Also in attendance was Salvatore Giunta, a United States Army veteran and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor. Staubach and members of our Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (MVA), which serves as the Veteran Jobs Mission Secretariat, addressed the group to share reflections on the current best practices in veteran employment.

Ryan Beck, Vice President on the MVA team, shared the JPMorgan Chase Pathfinder Playbook, a guide and roadmap to developing veterans acclimation and development programs. The playbook offers insights gained and lessons learned from the firm's experience designing and implementing programs that support veteran success.

"As we know, veterans bring great entrepreneurial spirit, transferable skills, and hard earned experience as leaders, gained in some of the world's most austere environments," said Beck.

A longtime member and supporter of the Veteran Jobs Mission, Staubach founded Allies in Service to reach out to veterans and the community by leveraging an all-encompassing network of support in the areas of employment, housing, education, and health care. He joined Allies in Service Vice President of Veterans Affairs and Operations David Whitley for a fireside chat on the latest challenges and opportunities for veteran employment in Dallas and across the country.

"We recognize that veteran employees are an asset. I always say 'there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.' Veterans go that extra mile," said Staubach.

This event was part of a series of regional receptions organized by the Veteran Jobs Mission across the country this year, which will culminate in the annual national gathering in New York in October 2018.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.


Veterans: Make the Transition from Barracks to Business

At Northwell Health, we’re committed to empowering veterans to succeed in their professional careers. That’s why, since 2013, we’ve been growing our Barracks to Business program, which addresses the need for practical tools to prepare veterans for the civilian workforce.

The Barracks to Business program started as a guidebook to help veterans prepare other veterans for civilian life. But we knew we could do more. We’ve since created in-person seminars that eventually led to Webinars so we could reach veterans no matter their location or situation. Now, veterans don’t have to wait to move to New York to get started on the next step in their civilian careers.

As we expanded the program’s offerings, we extended our reach by partnering with the Department of Labor and various N.Y. organizations and universities. Then the program expanded even further, adding valuable education to Northwell Health employees by creating an internal Barrack to Business program for our recruiters, which armed them with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand the value of hiring veterans.

After five years, Barracks to Business continues to grow and set the precedent for veteran outreach. The network has expanded to over 200 veteran-focused points of contact in the N.Y. region including colleges, organizations and nonprofits. Barracks to Business is offered at college sites and when students are about to graduate, we invite them to our annual student graduation event for veterans. The program and our outreach has grown across the state of New York  and, most astounding of all, the number of overall hires since the beginning of the program has grown by 110%!

“Northwelll Health has shown support for my career by holding special events and recruitment sessions for veterans. (Because of one of those programs), I am now in a year-long Operating Room Fellowship which trains nurses new to the OR.” – Anthony Holdorf, RN

We’re constantly developing our own internal programs to better support veterans once they join Northwell Health, focusing on mentorship and networking from within. In the words of Veteran Inclusion Specialist and U.S. Air Force Veteran Lyndon Chichester, “It is an honor and a privilege to work with our Veterans. My goal is to help all of our Veteran applicants gain successful employment with Northwell Health. Veterans bring an unmatched array of strengths and experiences to the workforce including leadership training, integrity, teamwork, working among diversified groups in high pressure environments and more.”

Here’s how Northwell Health can take you from Barracks to Business.


Member Spotlight: Cisco Veteran Talent Incubation Program (VTIP)

Cisco is well-known for creating bridges through its technology which helps connect people and things to the Internet, transforming the way we work, live, play and learn.  In order to grow its business, Cisco depends on having access to qualified IT talent and recognizes the value veterans bring to their workforce.  The company regularly hosts veteran-focused events to raise awareness of the opportunities for transitioning service members to work in the technology field.  In 2016, during IT Awareness Day hosted at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, Cisco managers who had volunteered at the event saw an opportunity to create a direct pathway for veterans to work at Cisco.  As a result, a cross-functional team was assembled to create what became the Veteran Talent Incubation Program (VTIP).

Launched in August 2016, Cisco’s VTIP is a job pipeline for transitioning service members and veterans to provide the skills required for an entry-level Cisco Services engineer role.  VTIP offers a pathway into a customer-facing engineering career at Cisco by providing a rigorous 20-week development program focused on technical and consultative skills. Participants who successfully meet all of the program milestones are eligible to receive a full-time offer as a Cisco Services Networking Engineer primarily in their Raleigh, NC office or potentially at other US Cisco offices. 

Once candidates have been identified and gone through a full interview process, they are invited to participate in a “boot camp” incubation program.  Over the course of the program, they have access to study material, mentoring, and coaching.  One of the main differentiating factors about this program is that business partners commit up front to hiring candidates who successfully complete the program.  Candidates are not put back into the general application pool, thus increasing their commitment to the program knowing there is a high likelihood of employment at the end of their training.

Two entry-level, technical network engineering roles are available to candidates who complete the VTIP training:  Customer Support Engineer (CSE) and Service Consulting Engineers (CE).  The ideal candidate is driven to continuously learn and take ownership to drive their career forward. It’s an added bonus if they have some networking experience/background.  They must be willing to put in 15-25 hours of studying a week, attend 3 onsite days, and be able and willing to accept a full-time offer either in January or July.

The VTIP program is provided to veterans at no financial cost, though the time commitment is steep.  Cisco provides them with access to Cisco Networking Academy video training, a Safari Online Books subscription, a technical mentor from Cisco, 1:1 meetings every other week with the program manager, soft skills training, job shadowing, up to 2 vouchers for each CCNA exam, and technical talks on difficult topics.  Upon completion, students will have received CCNA training, an ICND 1 and 2 certification voucher, mentoring, job shadowing and corporate culture training.

To identify candidates, Cisco taps into its connections at several bases within NC including Ft. Bragg, Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Joint Forces Headquarters, Wounded Warrior Project, USO, VETS ERO at Cisco, NC4ME, Whole Vet, and others.  Since inception, over 375 candidates have applied to VTIP of which 140 have been accepted into the training.  Over 40 of those candidates are now working at Cisco after receiving their CCNA certification.  Cisco is currently looking at expanding VTIP into other business units as well as a focus on disabled veterans.  

Freddy Karban, VTIP graduate now working as a TAC Engineer at Cisco says, “The VTIP program has completely transformed my life. Over the last decade, my passion for technology has grown and I quickly realized how difficult it is to break into this industry without a lot of experience. This is especially true with a company as renowned as Cisco. Without the VTIP program, my dream of making that career change would not have been possible. The program was challenging but the hard work paid off and I now have a more exciting career than I could have imagined.”


Member Spotlight: La Quinta Inns & Suites

Launched over six years ago, the La Quinta Salutes Military Initiative takes an enterprise-wide holistic approach to embracing the military. Built on six pillars, our effort starts with hiring veterans and military spouses by providing opportunities conducive to their unique skillsets, portable jobs or careers, flexibility and advancement. Putting people first is embedded in our culture, and those who have a passion for people and service fall in line with two very important core values of the La Quinta employee ethos. We also source from veteran-, service-, and military spouse-owned businesses for whom we provide 15-day payment terms, and have a special program for veterans interested in becoming La Quinta franchisees.

Over the years, we continue to learn how to best serve those who served our nation - and their families – thus, La Quinta Salutes is ever evolving to reflect and address the needs of today’s transitioning service members and active duty military spouses.  Our talent acquisition team actively engages in Hiring Our Heroes’ Corporate Fellowship Program allowing active duty military to experience firsthand La Quinta’s corporate culture and management training.  We also have a strong commitment to mentorship and have been selected for six consecutive years to participate in the U. S. Air Force Education With Industry (EWI) program which provides mid-career officers a year-long fellowship with vetted employers.   As a founding member of the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council (MSEAC), we’ve come to know valuable aspects specific to military spouses: they have the drive to work hard and do well; they seek upward mobility, careers vs jobs; and they are well educated and often underemployed.  Bringing these attributes to the forefront of hiring managers is imperative to having a positive impact on military spouse employment. 

Fairly new to La Quinta Salutes is our Military Business Resource Group (BRG) which provides an opportunity for veterans and military spouses to meet other service and family members and feel connected when working within a “civilian” environment. It also provides civilian employees the opportunity to connect with members of the military community they might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with. Additionally, the BRG will provide mentorship and professional development. An outcome for the BRG will be improved camaraderie, and understanding and communication between military and civilian employees through the sharing of military experience and skills and integrated team work on community outreach projects. 

Consistent in being named a Military Friendly Employer, Military Friendly Spouse Employer by G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines as well as Best for Vets by Military Times, La Quinta Inns & Suites is committed to not only being military friendly, but military and military family “ready”.


Veteran Jobs Mission Coalition Convenes in Chicago!

The Windy City got its first bite of wintry cold just as members of the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition descended on Chicago from all corners of the country for the fall 2017 meeting.

In attendance were representatives committed to hiring and retaining veteran talent across industries from among the 240 private-sector companies that share the collective goal of hiring one million veterans by 2020.

The convening kicked off with a special reception at Fred and Adolph's Pub overlooking the Chicago River the evening of Thursday, October 26 with welcome Remarks from Dick Leinenkugel who heads up the operation at the space for MillerCoors and then Ross Brown, Head of Military and Veterans Affairs at JPMorgan Chase, who facilities the Veteran Jobs Mission spoke.

Everyone met the following morning for a day-long conference on the 56th floor at Chase Tower for a full and enriching program composed of panel discussions, presentations and open dialogue about how best we can support our veterans as they transition out of the military and into the civilian workforce. 

The main themes addressed included:

  • Veteran hiring
  • Veteran retention
  • Military spouse employment

The Veteran Jobs Mission (VJM) is the leading private-sector solution addressing U.S. military veteran unemployment. Since its inception in 2011, the Veteran Jobs Mission has consistently exceeded expectations. In 2011, 11 Fortune 500 companies committed to a simple goal: hire 100,000 veterans by 2020. Originally dubbed the 100,000 Jobs Mission, the companies in the coalition met this goal in less than one year. Building on this momentum, the coalition continued to support veteran employment and set a new and ambitious goal to hire 1 million U.S. military veterans. Since then, the coalition has grown to 240 private-sector companies and, as of summer 2017, the coalition has collectively hired more than 400,000 veterans.

In addition to committing to hiring 1 million veterans, recently the VJM also decided on additional ways to assist U.S. military veterans. As part of that initiative, the VJM established five focus areas dedicated to further impacting the lives of veterans and military families. Below are the five focus areas along with brief descriptions:

  1. Military Community Recruiting:  Sharing best practices around the hiring of veteran talent
  2. Business and Employee Resource Groups: Establishing and advancing internal veteran support groups within
  3. Service Member Transition: Supporting service members during their transition to the civilian workforce
  4. Veteran Integration and Retention: Integrating newly hired veteran employees within a corporate culture and supporting their professional development and career progression
  5. Other Veteran Engagement Platforms: Promoting veteran employee wellness and other emerging focus areas to advance veterans lives in the workplace

Learn more about the Veteran Jobs Mission at: www.veteranjobsmission.com



Veteran Jobs Mission Coalition Meeting Convenes at Nationals Park

On Thursday, April 6, following an intimate and inspiring opening reception in which Senator John McCain was honored, representatives from dozens of the companies that represent the Veteran Jobs Mission convened at Nationals Park for a day-long conference to share updates and best practices. 

The empty baseball stadium was the perfect backdrop for an enthusiastic lineup of presentations, panels and networking for attendees, a consortium of professionals committed to supporting our nation’s service members and veterans as they seek meaningful employment with some of the largest companies.

In attendance were representatives from JPMorgan Chase, Washington Nationals, Starbucks, Amazon, AT&T, Deloitte, Drexel Hamilton, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among many others. A diverse array of presenters participated including veteran small business accelerator StreetShares, Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF), U.S. Army Soldier for Life, Team Red, White & Blue, UCLA Medical, and Student Veterans of America.

The topics addressed ranged from creating veteran talent pools and recruiting as well as how to increase retention rates for veteran employees, to engaging veteran employees in activities and resource groups that help them feel acclimated and passionate, and translating skills learned in the military to skills on the job in the civilian workplace. There was also a special discussion led by Drexel Hamilton around their new service disabled veteran program and how to accommodate and empower transitioning service members with special needs in the workplace.

Following the formal portion of the day, attendees enjoyed a mix and mingle cocktail reception and then a slightly rain-delayed baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies.

Launched in 2011 as the 100,000 Jobs Mission, the Veteran Jobs Mission brings together companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans. More than 235 Fortune 500 companies have joined and collectively hired nearly 385,000 U.S. military veterans, with the ultimate goal of one million. The private sector organizations are continuing to increase their focus on retention and career development. This includes supporting veterans as they adapt to the workplace by establishing sponsorship and on-boarding training programs, as well as industry-based coalition subgroups to increase collaboration among members. Visit jobsmission.com.



Veteran Jobs Mission Honors United States Senator John McCain for his Commitment to Veterans

Award Presented at the Veteran Jobs Mission Coalition Convening, Where 235 Companies Committed to Hiring One Million Veterans Will Tackle Largest Issues Facing Veteran Employment 

WASHINGTON DC, April 6, 2017 – The Veteran Jobs Mission, a coalition of largely Fortune 500 companies committed to hiring one million veterans and representing nearly every sector in the U.S. economy presented The Honorable Senator John McCain with the 2017 Veteran Jobs Mission Service Award for his decades of commitment to the nation’s veterans.

The award presentation took place at the kickoff reception for the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition summit at JPMorgan Chase’s Washington D.C. office last evening and included representation from companies including JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks, Amazon, AT&T, Deloitte, Drexel Hamilton, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, among many others.

“I’m honored to accept the 2017 Veteran Jobs Mission Service Award, and I thank JPMorgan Chase and the entire coalition for this distinction,” said Senator McCain. “The Veterans Job Mission is the embodiment of the motto: don’t just thank a vet, hire one. Thanks to the commitment of some of our nation’s most respected businesses, transitioning service members and veterans now have valuable opportunities for workforce success. I have always believed that a company could make no better workforce investment than to hire a veteran, and I look forward to continuing our work together to support all those who have served.”

The Veteran Jobs Mission, created in 2011 with the initial goal of hiring 100,000 veterans, has expanded to include 235 companies committed to hiring one million veterans with 385,000 already hired. Today, the coalition will convene at Nationals Park in D.C. to share best practices and strategize the year ahead. Topics addressed will include not only how to increase the number of veteran hires, but how to improve the acclimation and retention rates of veteran employees to ensure job longevity and fulfillment, as well as topics like service disabled veteran recruiting and employee resource groups.

“I can’t think of a more deserving individual than Senator John McCain to receive the 2017 Veteran Jobs Mission Service Award,” said JPMorgan Chase Head of Military and Veterans Affairs Ross A. Brown. “On behalf of the organizations representing the Veteran Jobs Mission, we will continue to carry on the commitment to veterans that the Senator embodies and to help returning service members find meaningful employment and a path to success.”

“We’re proud to honor Senator McCain for his deep commitment to our nation’s service members and are pleased to be a part of this coalition dedicated to hiring veterans,” said Deloitte’s Military & Veteran Acquisition Lead Kevin Whirity. “The skills and experience that veterans bring to the workforce are highly valued. We know that hiring veterans isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s good for business.”

As the plaque reads, Senator McCain was honored for his, “more than forty years of unflagging dedication to our nation’s service members and veterans and an incomparable commitment and contribution to ensuring they are supported and adequately resourced, reflecting great credit upon him, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America.”

One million service members are expected to leave the military over the next five years. While overall unemployment rates for veterans have dropped to below the national average at just 4.7 percent, post-911 veterans suffer from higher rates of unemployment and the conversation is shifting to other challenges that veterans face in the workplace such as acclimation and retention. Recent reports show that nearly half of all veterans hired leave their jobs within the first year. Initiatives including manager and employee training programs, networking and affinity groups all aid in increasing retention rates and veteran employment longevity.

The eleven founding members of the Veteran Jobs Mission include AT&T, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., Dell EMC Corporation, Iron Mountain Incorporated, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Modis, NCR Corporation, Universal Health Services, Inc. and Verizon Communications, Inc.

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About the Veteran Jobs Mission

Launched in 2011 as the 100,000 Jobs Mission, the Veteran Jobs Mission brings together companies committed to hiring U.S. military veterans. More than 235 Fortune 500 companies have joined and collectively hired nearly 385,000 U.S. military veterans, with the ultimate goal of one million. The private sector organizations are continuing to increase their focus on retention and career development. This includes supporting veterans as they adapt to the workplace by establishing sponsorship and on-boarding training programs, as well as industry-based coalition subgroups to increase collaboration among members. Visit jobsmission.com.

Media Contact:

Allison Steinberg, J.P. Morgan, 212.648.2646, allison.steinberg@jpmorgan.com



Veteran Jobs Mission, Starbucks, and Schultz Family Foundation Join Forces to Support Veterans and Empower Employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 15, 2016) – In an effort to more effectively and efficiently engage the private sector in supporting Veterans, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Starbucks, and the Schultz Family Foundation (SFF) yesterday hosted a joint convening of the Veteran Jobs Mission and The Muster.

Led by JPMorgan Chase, the Veteran Jobs Mission is the nation’s largest private-sector coalition that promotes and facilitates Veteran employment with an ultimate goal to collectively hire 1 million Veterans. The Muster, an initiative of Starbucks and the Schultz Family Foundation, brings together participants from the private and public sectors in order to create actionable blueprints to improve the transition process for military service members.

“The power of collaboration is one of the foremost reasons JPMorgan Chase joined 10 other companies in 2011 to form the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition, and the results – more than 314,000 Veterans hired by now 225 member companies – have exceeded expectations,” said Ross Brown, head of Military and Veterans Affairs for JPMorgan Chase. “Hosting our Spring meeting in conjunction with Starbucks, a recent addition to the Coalition, as well as the Schultz Family Foundation builds upon the spirit and success of our history of collaboration.”

“With 1 million veterans and military spouses transitioning to civilian life over the next five years, we are living in a transformative time where employers can thank them for their service, or we can work together to accelerate their careers and find ways to tap their common sense of duty, honor, and purpose to benefit our communities,”

said John Kelly, senior vice president, Global Responsibility & Public Policy, Starbucks Coffee Company. “We at Starbucks know first-hand how veterans and their spouses can be leaders in our stores and neighborhoods, and this Muster is a chance to share our success with others.”

A 2015 report from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) found that while support is still needed for many of the 21.2 million Veterans in the U.S., the military- and Veteran-service organization landscape remains fragmented. This is in part why JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks, and SFF hosted the April convening, bringing together more than 300 representatives from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

“Less than 99 percent of our population has served in the military, and there is a lack of civilian understanding around the values and competencies that the military population can bring to the private sector,” said Daniel Pitasky, executive director, Schultz Family Foundation. “This means that not only are we as a country failing those who risked their lives to serve, we are also missing out on the talent and leadership of these individuals. Working in tandem with business, government and nonprofit leaders, we are aiming to bridge the divide between military and civilian communities by demonstrating that when we successfully engage veterans in meaningful post-military careers, it benefits everyone.”

The day opened with ABC News Anchor and Correspondent Martha Raddatz moderating a conversation on corporate leadership in Veteran employment and engagement with former Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert Gates and former U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno. Both leaders now serve as advisors to Starbucks and JPMorgan Chase respectively. Additional panels and breakout sessions aligned across three themes:

  1. Empowering companies by promoting military talent employment and retention strategies
  2. Catalyzing partnerships between Veteran service and civic organizations to create a full spectrum of solutions
  3. Breaking through the traditional Veteran narrative to reframe Veterans as civic assets and citizen leaders in their communities

Researching Veteran Employee Retention

JPMorgan Chase, on behalf of the Veteran Jobs Mission, has commissioned CNAS to conduct research regarding:

  • The hiring and retention of Veterans
  • The performance of Veterans
  • Obstacles or barriers impeding Veterans’ economic performance
  • The economic contributions by Veterans to their organizations and society

The morning of the convening, CNAS began conducting surveys with Veterans, HR representatives, and business leaders. Corporate retention data will also be reviewed to identify aggregate trends. The findings, expected by the close of 2016, will help to illuminate challenges and opportunities around retaining top Veteran and military talent within the private sector. The 10-minute survey is available here: www.cnas.org/retentionsurvey


About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management.  By focusing on employment, financial capability and small business, JPMorgan Chase aims to position military members, Veterans and their families for success in their post-service lives. To learn more about the company’s efforts, visit www.jpmorganchase.com/Veterans.  


About Starbucks Commitment to Veterans and Military Spouses

Starbucks believes veterans bring considerable teamwork and leadership experience and are poised to be the next generation of America’s leaders.  The general public, however, may not be able to fully understand and appreciate what veterans offer.  We must work to ensure veterans are successfully transitioning back to civilian life through meaningful career opportunities. To this end, in 2013 Starbucks committed to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. To date, Starbucks has surpassed the halfway mark of its hiring commitment, with more than 6,500 veteran and military spouse hires.  In pursuit of its goal to help bridge the divide between military and civilian communities, Starbucks is also partnering with like-minded companies, nonprofits and government organizations to create successful transitions for military members and their spouses. Read more on Starbucks Newsroom, here.


About Schultz Family Foundation

Since 2000, the Schultz Family Foundation has focused on unlocking potential in populations facing temporary barriers to success, including disconnected youth and Veterans. The Foundation’s latest commitment to Veterans follows a commitment made by Starbucks in November to hiring 10,000 Veterans and military spouses over the next five years. For more information about the Foundation and its work: schultzfamilyfoundation.org


Media Contacts:

Kim Morton, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
P: 212.270.8228  E: kim.morton@jpmorgan.com

Jaime Riley, Starbucks
P: 206.295.7521  E: jariley@starbucks.com


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Veteran Jobs Mission: New Name, New Goal for Hiring One Million U.S. Military Veterans

The 100,000 Jobs Mission today announced a new goal and name for the coalition of companies committed to employing U.S. military Veterans. Beginning today, the coalition will be renamed the Veteran Jobs Mission and commit itself to collectively hiring a total of one million military Veterans. This new commitment reflects the coalition’s longstanding commitment to support Veterans and their families.

Since its founding in 2011 by 11 corporations, the newly-renamed Veteran Jobs Mission has grown to over 200 companies that have together – as of September 30, 2015 – hired nearly 300,000 Veterans. The coalition reached its original goal of hiring 100,000 Veterans in early 2014 and increased its goal to 300,000 in early 2015.  Representing almost every industry in the U.S. economy, the coalition’s efforts have contributed to the sharp decline in the unemployment rate for post 9/11 Veterans, from just over 12 percent in 2011 to 5 percent as of September 2015.

“I am thrilled that the Veteran Jobs Mission is raising the bar for companies across the country by pledging to hire one million veterans and military spouses,”

said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This is an incredible commitment - and I know that these companies aren't doing it just because it's the right thing to do for our country.  They're doing it because it's the right thing to do for their bottom line. Our veterans and military spouses are some of the most dynamic, dedicated, and highly skilled individuals in America - and I want to thank the Veteran Jobs Mission for all they're doing to help these men and women continue to serve this nation in the years and decades ahead.”

“I'm incredibly grateful to the business community for its continued efforts to support programs that recruit, train, and retain our transitioning service members and Veterans,” said Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Brad Carson. “The private sector has recognized the wealth of values and skills our brave men and women have brought to their organizations, and, through commitments like these, they are able to continue to tap into this talent. It is not only for the good of their businesses, however; it is for the good of our service members and for the good of the nation.”

The unemployment rate for the youngest groups of post 9/11 Veterans remains high at 14.9 percent (ages 20-24) and 6.9 percent (ages 25-29) as of September 2015. Hispanic and African-American post 9/11 Veterans also continue to experience higher than average unemployment rates.

“The new name and goal for the Veteran Jobs Mission is reflective of its success over the past several years as well as a pledge to continue providing meaningful job opportunities for transitioning servicemembers,” said Ross Brown, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., a founding company of the Veteran Jobs Mission. “Our youngest Veterans continue to face challenges finding work, so there is much more the Veteran Jobs Mission can do to tackle this problem. With more than 200,000 servicemembers transitioning from active duty each year, employers must redouble efforts to make Veterans’ transitions to civilian careers smoother.”

Addressing Veteran Employment and Retention

In addition to a new commitment of hiring a total of one million Veterans, the Veteran Jobs Mission will increase its focus on the engagement and career development of Veterans in the private sector. This includes helping Veterans better adapt to the workplace by establishing training, mentoring and other critical onboarding programs. 

A recent study from the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University and VetAdvisor revealed an association between Veteran job tenure and alignment with desired career fields. Veterans often have difficulty in the first two years post-service matching their capabilities, career aspirations and geographic location with job opportunities.  Further, a 2014 report from the RAND Corporation that performed qualitative interviews with members of the Veteran Jobs Mission found that Veterans were eager for more career development and support programs.

To support the Veteran Jobs Mission’s effort to address this issue, the Center for a New American Security will conduct additional research on performance, career development and retention to be released in 2016.

“Tremendous work has been done by the Veteran Jobs Mission and others to change the way Veterans are perceived by employers,” said Phillip Carter, Senior Fellow and Counsel, Center for a New American Security. “Now, employers want to better understand how Veterans perform in the workplace and what steps can be taken to help them further excel. Our research will look closely at the performance, career development and retention of Veterans in the private sector, and the best practices Veterans and employers can leverage to achieve the best possible outcomes for Veterans, companies and the nation as a whole.”  

The coalition recently instituted industry-focused subgroups to increase collaboration and best practices among member companies. Some coalition companies do have Veterans-focused employee resource groups and mentoring programs to aid retention and development efforts.

Resources from the Veteran Job Mission

As the Veteran Jobs Mission has evolved, the coalition has aggregated and developed useful tips and resources for Veterans seeking to attain the education and skills needed to find and secure meaningful post-separation employment. The coalition has also developed resources to educate corporate human resources professionals on how to optimize their Veterans hiring practices.

A few of the many resources available to companies that are part of the Veteran Job Mission include:

New Coalition Members

Each month, additional U.S. businesses – spanning different geographies and industry sectors – are joining the Veteran Jobs Mission. To help hire one million Veterans, recent additions to the coalition include PepsiCo, JLL, Southwest Airlines, MGM Resorts International and Stanley Black and Decker.

“Southwest Airlines has a huge Heart for our Military. We are committed to hiring, training, and retaining our Veterans, and it is important to become a member of a coalition of employers who share the same commitment. We are excited about becoming a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission and having the opportunity to collaborate and share best practices with hundreds of other companies who have the same passion and commitment for hiring Veterans,” said Tina Clanton, Military and Veteran Liaison for Southwest Airlines. “Military Veterans are highly trained and  skilled men and women who uphold the same values we look for in a Southwest Employee: a Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart and a Fun-LUVing attitude. Hiring them is good for our company and for our country. Our colors may be blue, red, and yellow, but our support is for the red, white, and blue.”

“Veterans have long been a valuable part of MGM Resorts International’s workforce,” said Ondra Berry, senior vice president of talent management and organizational performance for MGM Resorts, and a brigadier general in the Nevada Air National Guard. “We’re proud to be a member of the Veteran Jobs Mission coalition so that we can continue to ensure that there are good civilian careers for the men and women who selflessly serve our country.”

“Stanley Black & Decker realized instantly the value of the Veteran Jobs Mission,” said Ralph Doran, Director of Talent Management for Stanley Black & Decker. “The irony of the Mission is that our Veterans are some of the most talented individuals you will ever meet. Their work ethic, integrity and selfless dedication to the success of their team make them a natural fit for our company values. But even more impressive is the leadership development they receive, their ability to lead change at a fast pace and their agility to change directives as fast as the markets. While Veteran resumes may not read like the natural industry progressions we see in other talent pools, their results clearly reflect everything we are looking for. The Mission is a safe harbor for us to learn, refine and evaluate our strategies as they relate to Veteran Engagement. It isn’t just about targeting and hiring, but aiding in the transition and leveraging Veteran Talent to grow our organization with the right talent for competing in the marketplace.”


About the Veteran Jobs Mission

Launched in 2011 as the 100,000 Jobs Mission, the Veteran Jobs Mission brings together companies committed to hiring U.S. military Veterans. Eleven co-founders established the coalition – AT&T, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Cushman & Wakefield Inc., EMC Corporation, Iron Mountain Incorporated, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Modis, NCR Corporation, Universal Health Services, Inc., and Verizon Communications Inc.

Since then, more than 200 companies have joined and altogether they have hired nearly 300,000 U.S. military Veterans, as of October 2015. Members also regularly meet to share best practices to help new companies institute their hiring programs. Visit jobsmission.com



For more information, please contact:

Tim Keefe




100,000 Jobs Mission Grows to More Than 200 Companies Hiring Veterans

PepsiCo and JLL among latest companies to join the Mission as hiring surpasses 267,522 U.S. Military Veterans

New York, August 3, 2015 – The 100,000 Jobs Mission announced today that its coalition of private companies has grown to over 200 member companies that have collectively hired more than 267,522 U.S. military Veterans through June.

“We are excited that so many well respected businesses have joined us on this mission to collectively hire 300,000 Veterans,” said Ross Brown, director of Military and Veterans Affairs for JPMorgan Chase, a founding member of the coalition. “Our fellow coalition members represent both the best of their business sectors and a commitment to hiring Veterans and their spouses.” 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 206 companies that represent nearly every industry in the U.S. economy, including its newest members: commercial real estate services firm JLL and global food and beverage giant PepsiCo.

“I am proud to be part of JLL’s commitment to hiring veterans and our membership in the 100,000 Jobs Mission. Companies do themselves a favor by hiring veterans because they are team players, trustworthy, dependable, loyal and hard workers. JLL has a culture that values these qualities and we look forward to welcoming more vets into our organization,” said JLL board member and Americas executive chairman Roger Staubach, who also served in the U.S. Navy.

“PepsiCo has a long history of hiring veterans, and we are passionate about helping them identify with a job and a supportive company that they can be proud of after their military career,”

said Sheila Stygar, PepsiCo vice president of Talent Acquisition. “Veterans bring unique experiences and leadership skills that are highly valued by our organization to help us win as a business. We are grateful for their service to our country and our company and we are proud to have them as part of the PepsiCo team.”

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 206 companies now involved have pledged to hire 300,000 Veterans. They have hired 267,522 Veterans through the June 2015. For more information on the 100,000 Jobs Mission, visit jobsmission.com.