Michelle Obama: Tech Industry To Train, Hire 90K Military Vets

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/24/2015 | 03:00 PM EDT

First lady announces latest commitment to her campaign to help veterans

Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years, the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans, according to the Associated Press.


Microsoft Corp., Cisco and Oracle are among firms making the commitment, the first lady said.


Mrs. Obama also said the private sector has exceeded a challenge President Barack Obama issued in August 2011 to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2013.


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More than 850,000 veterans and military spouses were been hired by U.S. businesses in the four years since the president set the hiring goal, the first lady added.


“This is an amazing accomplishment, it really is, and I am so grateful to everyone across this country who made it possible,” First Lady Obama said at Micron Technology, a Virginia-based manufacturer of memory storage devices.


The first lady is marking the fourth anniversary of Joining Forces, the nationwide campaign she leads with Jill Biden, to secure employment and support for military veterans and their families.


Mrs. Obama also announced a smaller pledge by the fast-growing solar energy industry to hire 33,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years.



(Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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