Joining Forces Director Cites ‘Tremendous’ Progress

From U.S. Department of Defense
By Elaine Sanchez
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2011 – About 1,500 companies have hired 20,000 veterans and military spouses in the past couple of months, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the Joining Forces campaign, the campaign’s executive director said yesterday.

These companies aim to hire upward of 135,000 veterans and spouses over the next couple of years through actions spurred by the White House’s military-support initiative, Navy Capt. Bradley Cooper told American Forces Press Service.

“This is a story of the extraordinary – the extraordinary nature of our troops, veterans and our families, and the extraordinary capacity of a great nation to lend a hand and offer support to those who have earned it,” Cooper said.

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