Michelle Obama announces new pledges for military hiring
November 10th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Michelle Obama announces new pledges for military hiring

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.

Topics: Michelle Obama

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Central Park West

    I applaud the urgency and passion that Michelle Obama brings to the cause of the neglected suffering military families!!! Those who serve in war to uphold liberty and the safety of us all deserve all the care and attention that we can give. Thank you First Lady!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  2. steveo

    Let me lob in this pre-emptive strike! Whether you agree or not, like them or not. Mrs Obama's passion has always been towards military families. As a vet, I too applaud this effort!

    November 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  3. Howard

    Oh ... give us a break. michelle obama spent years in wright's anti-American, racist church. She took greedy advantage of her connections in Chicago politics. She has shamefully squandered a great deal of the tax payer's money on personal luxuries. Lately, she has manufactured a phony image, to give herself an appearance of respectability. She has been packaged and sold to the American people, just like her empty suit husband, in order to get him reelected.
    Heaping accolades on the undeserving does not elevate them, it simply degrades the value of the awards ... like turning the once noble Nobel Prize into a worthless joke.

    November 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • Patriot Awesome

      Sara Palin is that you pretending to be a guy named Howard?

      November 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • SaintM

      Waasssuup Howard? You seem like a beligerent, and angry–posting all your blah, blah, blahs and complaining about the President and his wife. Perhaps you have no life, no one has ever loved you the way the Obamas love each other, you were recently fired, and have no wife or girlfriend. Which is it???

      Those are your problems–don't blame the Obamas for your lot in life.

      November 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • Howard

        Damn right I"m angry !!! Unlike you and the obama's, I love America. I served in her military. I've always admired how American born, as well as immigrants could come here for free choice, and economic opportunities. I value our constitution, and all those courageous Americans who sweat blood and sacrificed for 234 years, to build this great country. And, I don't appreciate watching obama tear this country down on a daily basis. It's fools like you who keep making excuses for obama, the worst of all Presidents. You seem to have lost sight of the fact that America, and the American people, are much more important than this two bit community organizer.

        November 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • jean2009

      @ Howard
      It is obvious that Rev. Wright's church has produced two caring, hard-working American citizens who are trying to improve lives for our veterans.
      Frankly, I can't see where the church you attended (whichever one that may be) has improved your caring attitude for anyone but Howard...whine....whine....whine....spew racist hate!

      November 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Howard

        The blindly devoted obama worshipers are not a new phenomena. You can find celebrity worshipers waiting for hours in the freezing cold ... just for a moment's glance of their favorite celebrity. It doesn't matter if the celebrity they fawn over is a drug addict, or beats his wife. This mindset is putty in the hands of public relations and propaganda experts. Historically, the same 'deer in the headlights' followers blindly worshiped the likes of Mao, Hitler, Stalin, and other demagogues, with a charismatic / hypnotic spell over their weak minded. Even when obama is destroying our country, right before their eyes, they insist on going down with the obama ship of fools. It might be compassionate to pity them, but for the fact that they are taking the rest of us, as well as our children down with them.

        November 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • C. Howard Fields

      Oh go to f-ing hell you malcontent.

      November 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • Trace

      Howard, you be the most miserable person life has ever known. Plus if you love the constitution and what it stands for; then you might consider that President Obama deserves your respect as he was elected with 54% of the vote (markedly different from his predecessor). So quit your lying.. that in combination with being a hypocrit, knuckle dragging imbecile is repugnant.

      The majority of intelligent people visiting this site are so tired of your petulent Faux News criticism of this President...Oh and by the Way....He Is Your President and you should address him as such.

      Finally, please call home as there is a Village missing an Idiot

      November 11, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  4. Jay in NC

    And yet the Afghanistan war continues.

    November 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • Trace

      @Jay in NC,

      Your stupidity never ceases to amaze. The border between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains poreous. In fact, Osama slipped right out of Afghanistan into Pakistan virtually undetected by the prior administration (I guess) and was living in a mansion until Obama finished his miserable existence. Do you think that the reports of Al Qaeda trying to reconstitute itself in Yemen and other nearby areas, is rationale for just leaving? After nearly desimating America's most strident enemy (Al Qaeda and its affiliates) Your Complaint is this president should leave them to re-organize?

      I say, we should reduce the boots on the ground but we better continue to fight the good fight in Afghanistan.

      How vapid are you really? Your ignorance shows No Bounds.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  5. Glenn Armstrong

    What impressive contributions to the employment of Veterans and their spouses have been made by the International Franchise Association and the Military Spouse Emploment Partnership, with a combined pledge totaling 100,000 new, private sector jobs by the end of 2014! The efforts by First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama certainly have demonstrated their appreciation and support of Veterans who have served during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. This level of support surpasses by far that afforded Viet Nam Veterans, of which I am one. It is gratifying to witness the enhanced awareness by government and the private sector of the contributions made by returning Veterans to our country and the skills that they bring to the civilian workforce. I have observed this first hand in the behavior of the company for which I work, Siemens Corporation. In the "Joining Forces" program our company set a goal to hire 400 veterans in the year 2011; a goal which was met this past August and then was expanded by an additional 100 new jobs for veterans. Let us hope that the recently announced intiatives by the International Franchise Association and the Military Spouse Employment Partnership enjoy similar success.

    November 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  6. Lisa

    Anyone read where these jobs are? They are minimum wage jobs that no one can live on. Our veterans are going to go from serving our country to serving you burgers at places like Hardee's. Enjoy flipping those burgers supporters!

    November 11, 2011 at 7:07 am |
  7. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    November 11, 2011 at 10:43 am |
    • Steveo


      I still think Howard has got you beat in the cut and paste championships!!

      November 11, 2011 at 11:54 am |
      • Howard

        At least I'm cutting and pasting my own thoughts, as opposed to reading a teleprompter with words and thoughts written by others.

        November 11, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Howard

      barack ovomit, and his corrupt administration belong in prison. The only thing more nauseating than this phony opportunist, are the throngs of blindly devoted cult followers, like the ones posting here, who slobber all over themselves, with sickening saccharin praise for their dear leader.

      November 11, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • tnwoman1948


        I very seldom come on this section of CNN's website, (3 or 4 times a month) but when I do you are ALWAYS here spouting your nonsensical rants against President and Mrs. Obama. Not that I really care, but do you have a life outside of ranting on the computer? If you do have family and friends, I feel sorry fo them.

        You spew foolishness about President Obama "destroying" the country, but you NEVER give any details of what this destruction entails. I hope you do realize to most people participating on this thread you seem to be off kilter mentally and emotionally, Howard.

        November 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
    • jean2009

      Since when would the above three word statement be considered a copy/paste. With 62 years daily experience typing, I type 100 words a minute.

      November 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well when you run for President Howard...and WIN, I hope you do start reading the teleprompter of ANYONE elses words and thoughts! Your words and thoughts are dillusionally SICK, blasphemous and suffocating! All Presidents have had and used teleprompters, writers, editors and journalists. Why have YOU and your ilk decided to blast this President, as if he were the FIRST to make use of these options? It is his choice really! It's his RIGHT, Presidential right to use it or not as did previous Presidents! SAD!

    November 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
  9. Brownshoearmy

    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.
    BFD and to Be the Grand Marshal at the last NASCAR race with a crowd of BEER drinking RED NECKS in the stands, aw shucks I forgot about all the BBQ’S she will be in HOG HEAVEN on the TAX PAYERS DIME as well. For the Votes???
    Tuesday Nov 15 2011
    Do it now not 2014
    Current Jobless rate for Vets, and the budget DOODS want to cut the Homeless Veterans Funds.
    Jobless rate at 11.2% for veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan
    The 11.2% jobless rate for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are 18 and older rose 4 percentage points in the past year. That's significantly higher than the corresponding 8.8% rate for non-veterans in the same age group, says Labor Department economist Jim Walker.
    The market is tough outside the Army. Unemployment among the youngest of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, those ages 20 to 24, reached 15% in February, records show. That compares with 13.8% for the same age group of non-veterans. Some government jobs offer preference to veterans by giving them extra points on civil service exams. However, there is no evidence this is having much effect on unemployment.
    In addition, the Labor Department operates career centers that provide priority service for veterans and the HireVetsFirst website, says Peggy Abrahamson, a Labor Department spokeswoman.
    The total number of unemployed veterans of the two wars — about 170,000 — is about the same as the number of U.S. troops deployed to those wars.
    Iraq and Afghanistan veterans enter the workforce at a disadvantage, says Justin Brown, a Veterans of Foreign Wars specialist in veterans' economic issues. "If you served in the military, you're disconnected from the civilian workforce, you don't have contacts that a civilian person has," he says.
    The least the country can do, Brown says, is help veterans find jobs so "they come home and they're not living in the streets, unemployed, homeless or in bankruptcy."
    "People just frown upon us nowadays, thinking we're all flying-off-the-handle crazy guys," says Pearson, who has a bachelor's degree in business management. "They don't even give us a chance."

    November 15, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  10. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Brownshoearmy; I agree with you...and that's exactly what The First Lady Obama and Second Lady aka DR Biden is working on right now! We sure won't accept the same systemic disconnect that was forced upon other veterans of previous foreign wars, including one of the most notororiously originated ones in recent American history...The Vietnam 'Conflict' WAR! Many of those 'broken' veterans have JUST been recently rallied back under the VA umbrella from their long sleeping 'nightmares' in boxes under bridges!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:21 pm |