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9,000 Veterans Hired In Three Months Through the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge

More than 30 leading employers signed on to hire at least 50,000 veterans by 2018

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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Veteran Recruiting, the recognized leader of virtual career fairs for the military community, reports on the early success of the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge.  Since May of 2013, more than 9,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired by the employers who have signed on to the Challenge.


In May, Veteran Recruiting launched the VetFriendly Challenge in support of the White House Joining Forces initiative that was started by the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden in 2011. As the name implies, the challenge aims to help at least 50,000 veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment by the end of 2018.

"After having the honor of meeting the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the White House in April, and hearing of some of the great programs in place to help veterans and military spouses find employment, we knew there was much more we could do. What came as somewhat of a surprise was the outpouring of support from the companies who quickly signed on, and agreed to participate in the VetFriendly Challenge" said Kevin O'Brien- Managing Partner, Veteran Recruiting.

Employers who sign up for the challenge are able to have their company advertised on which is a veteran friendly employer index, by industry. Each company has their logo displayed, and a direct link to the career section of their website. Each company also received a VetFriendly crest that can be displayed on their website, and a pledge certificate.

The list of companies already supporting the Challenge include; AECOM, Aetna, Airgas, Ally, Ball Corporation, Citi, Comerica Bank, Convergys, CVS Caremark, DaVita, Duke Energy, Engility Corporation, Enterprise Holdings, Exelon, Graybar, Horizon, Hormel Foods, LabCorp, Nash Finch, Office Depot, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Progressive, Safeway, Sears Holdings, Spectra Energy,  Staples, TeleTech, Department of Treasury, United Health Group, Verizon, Waste Management, Wells Fargo, Western & Southern Life Insurance, and Xerox

"Engility recognizes the many strengths our nation's veterans offer the private sector," said Eric Ruff, director of corporate communications for Engility. "America's military veterans bring leadership and decision-making experience to their job and they understand what it takes to achieve success. Veterans as well as their spouses, who sacrifice a great deal as members of the military family, are a true asset to Engility and to this country's workforce."

In addition to the VetFriendly website, Veteran Recruiting will continue to host the virtual career fairs that have resulted in more than 34,000 veterans and military spouses being hired since September 2011.

Employers who wish to sign up for the Challenge may do so at

About Veteran Recruiting

Veteran Recruiting, a division of Astound Virtual, is the leading provider of virtual career fairs for the military community. VR delivers fully interactive, virtual career fairs that connects employers, active duty, guard/reservists, veterans, and military spouses in real time. Through the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fairs, more than 34,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired since September 2011

Media Contact: Nicole O'Brien, Veteran Recruiting, 215-525-5757,

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