November 10th, 2011
11:41 AM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama announced Thursday that a major business association has pledged to hire 80,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
During a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mrs. Obama said the International Franchise Association, a partnership that represents well over 1,000 business franchises, has made the major military employment commitment, which includes hiring 5,000 wounded veterans. In addition, Mrs. Obama announced the Military Spouse Employment Partnership, which includes 100 major companies and organizations, has pledged to employ 20,000 military spouses.
The announcement comes a month after the president announced the American Logistics Association, an organization consisting of 270 corporate partners, had also committed to hiring 25,000 veterans and military spouses in two years time.
"Those aren’t just numbers. There are millions of Americans all across this country who are working hard every day to find new ways to honor military families’ service,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday.
During a speech at the Washington Navy Yard in August, Obama directly challenged private sector businesses to hire or train 100,000 unemployed veterans or their spouses during the next two years. Earlier this week, he also unveiled a series of enhanced job-search tools designed to help recent veterans find private-sector employment.