By the Numbers: 500,000
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President Obama believes that no veteran should have to fight for a job after fighting for our nation overseas. That’s why he’s introduced a host of new tools to help connect veterans to jobs in the civilian workforce, including the Veterans Job Bank, which has more than 500,000 job listings with private sector employers looking to hire vets.
To launch the Veterans Job Bank, the Obama Administration partnered with leading job search companies to create a new, easy-to-use online service that enables employers to “tag” job postings for veterans. The tool gives users the ability to search for jobs from thousands of military-friendly employers worldwide based on keyword, military occupation code (MOC) and/or location.
Nearly 3 million service members have transitioned back to civilian life, and a million more will join them over the next five years as we end the war in Iraq and wind down the war in Afghanistan. These service members have mastered skills and leadership abilities they couldn’t have learned in any ordinary classroom, and have tremendous talents to offer our nation’s businesses.
President Obama knows we can’t wait to help these heroes and their families. Other initiatives to help get them back to work include:
- The Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits, two pieces of the American Jobs Act that provide tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.
- My Next Move for Veterans, an online tool that helps veterans match their skills with civilian careers that will put their experience to use
- The Veterans Gold Card, which provides personalized case management and career counseling at any of the 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers around the country