First lady highlights importance of veteran hiring

The government is putting a major effort into making sure that veterans are able to get a job once they return to civilian life. In one recent event in front of a crowd of Navy members in Florida, first lady Michelle Obama said that, while significant progress had been made, the efforts would continue in the years to come.

According to Mrs. Obama, the White House is seeking to ensure employment for 250,000 returning service members and their spouses by 2014. She touted the success of its current effort, which resulted in more than 2,000 businesses hiring a veteran or spouse and said that she was pleased with the success.

“‘I thought this challenge was pretty ambitious and when we first started out, we only had two companies as our partners,’’ She told the crowd ‘”Soon, those two companies became 20, and then 200 and then 2,000 … These 2,000 companies have not just met our challenge, they’ve exceeded it.”

It’s not just the federal government that is seeking to help veterans. The Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association (SBCA) announced plans to get more former service members jobs in the telecommunications industry.