Milestone Celebration: Hiring 500,000 Heroes

Posted January 13, 2015

Feature from Hiring Our Heroes

In March of 2012, in partnership with Capital One, we launched the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign—an effort to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. The number 500,000 sprang from estimates from the Department of Labor and the VA that more than one million service members would be separating from the armed forces in the next 4-5 years. We hoped that finding jobs for just half of that number would push others to step up to the plate. In many ways, it has. One partner that stepped up early was Got Your 6, an organization which understood the mission and its importance right away.

On November 12, 2014—just one day after Veterans Day—we were thrilled to announce that not only had we reached our goal, but we crushed it. More than 1,700 businesses, both large and small, answered the call and have committed to hiring over 585,000 military men and women.

After more than 835 hiring events across the country and overseas, these businesses have made 369,000 confirmed hires—but we know that our work is far from over.

“Despite the great progress we’ve made thus far, the need for more aggressive veteran employment remains. Each year, we are seeing nearly 300,000 people transitioning out of the military and into the civilian workforce. Each one has unique skills to contribute to the workplace, centered on exemplary discipline and strong leadership and problem-solving skills,” Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes.

“With the New Year upon us, we will continue to work with these businesses to help ensure that not only will these men and women be placed into jobs, but to make sure that they are set up on a successful career path for years to come. As the leader of the Got Your 6 Jobs Pillar, we will continue to explore and expand every opportunity,” Eversole said.

There is much more to be done to support these American heroes in their transition from the military to the civilian workforce. Learn more about the campaign here.