Joining Forces: Providing Jobs for Military Families

♪♪ (music playing) ♪♪ The President:
We’re challenging the private
sector to hire or train 100,000 unemployed post-9/11
veterans or their spouses by the end of 2013. This builds on commitments
that many companies have already made as part of the
Joining Forces campaign championed by my wife
Michelle and Dr. Jill Biden. The bottom line is this. We still have a long way to go
and a lot of work to do to give folks the economic security
and opportunity they deserve. And that begins with connecting
Americans looking for work, including our veterans, with
employers looking to hire. Dr. Jill Biden:
We challenged America
to join us to increase employment for veterans
and military spouses. Today, we are proud to say
that America has answered this call. In just one year, businesses,
schools, faith groups, nonprofits and neighborhoods
have all stepped up to support our greatest heroes,
making a real difference in people’s lives. As of August 2012, more than
125,000 veterans and military spouses have been
hired or trained through Joining Forces. Mike McCalister:
This was a great idea, to focus
the nation on this problem, and I applaud the
administration for doing that. I think the business
community, I know in particular our company has
responded, and we’re really happy with the results
of this project. Jeff Metcalf:
This program is definitely
helping, because one of the results of this, we had
a lot of these companies coming to different
military bases doing hiring conferences. In which case you’d literally
get done working and you can go and talk to a company
representative, and several of my friends actually got
hired right then and there. Dr. Jill Biden:
Whether it’s Fortune 500
companies, the 21st Century Jobs Commitments
program, or the Military Spouse Employment Partnership,
across the country, the Joining Forces Initiative has
created public and private sector partnerships with
more than 2,100 companies. Christina Dibble:
This initiative has
helped create an environment where employers
are becoming more and more military friendly, and it’s
my observation that they’re becoming more and more
military spouse friendly. Amy Jordan:
It’s always hard to have
to leave your career behind, but you do that as
a military spouse. You go where your family goes. I found the AA website called
the MSEP, which is the Military Spouse Employment
Partnership, where various companies had jobs posted and
I put my resume out there and was hired on
shortly after that. And it just — it made
the transition so much easier for me. Dr. Jill Biden:
The First Lady and I
have frequently heard from military spouses about
the challenge they face in keeping their own careers
moving forward, as they move from one military base
or community to another. There are more than 100,000
military spouses in the country serving in professions
that require state licenses. That’s why in February, the
First Lady and I challenged governors to fast track
legislation supporting military spouse
license portability. Michelle Obama:
It happens to military
spouses again and again. You’re asked to
move to a new state. You want to get back to the
job you love, and the job you need to support your family. But you can’t do any of that
because your nursing license or your teaching credentials
don’t transfer when you move to a new state. This is a solvable problem. So today we are setting
a national goal. By the year 2014, we want all
50 states to have passed their own legislation to address
these licensing issues. Shelly Snell:
It’s important that all
50 states are involved, because as military spouses,
we don’t know where we’re going to move next. This legislation is
important to me as a nurse. I’m trying to
renew my license. And having the legislation
expedite me getting my license will help. Dr. Jill Biden:
In February, only 11
states had passed this important legislation. In just six months, that
number has more than doubled. And today, 26 states have
taken action to support these incredible military spouses. But this is just the
beginning, and we have more work to do. If you’re a business leader
looking to hire, or a veteran looking for a job, I encourage
you to go to our website: Here you will find resources,
including the veterans job bank, where businesses can
post jobs and veterans can search for opportunities. This is just one more way
that we can serve our troops, veterans and military
families as well as they have served us. Go to today. ♪♪ (music playing) ♪♪

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