The American Logistics Association (ALA), a trade group of companies doing business with military exchanges and commissaries, is launching a website to bolster its pledge to hire 25,000 veterans and family members.
The ALA and its member companies made this 25,000 hiring pledge at an October 21, 2011, ceremony held at Joint Base Langley-Eustis where President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama announced the new Joining Forces initiative -- where organizations such as the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and a multitude of retailers and manufacturers are joining forces to aid veterans seeking jobs.
The website www.alajoiningforces.org is an informational tool that will assist ALA member companies in this 25,000 hiring pledge -- it will help veterans and military families find jobs with member companies, offer information on incentives and tax breaks and help companies link up with potential employees.
"Veterans and military family members represent one of the most talented workforce pools in the country. This new site and our 25,000 jobs pledge are great opportunities for the ALA to recognize this skill and perform a valuable service for the deserving heroes who have sacrificed so much on behalf of this nation," said Patrick Nixon, president of the ALA. "This web site is a one-stop-shop for veterans, military families and companies so that they can connect with each other and learn about available resources, opportunities and incentives when it comes to the hiring of veterans."
The ALA commitment adds to the nearly 50,000 veterans and military families currently employed on base at a multitude of exchange, commissary and community sales outlets. The 25,000 new-hires will join thousands of veterans and military family members already working at ALA member companies around the world.
"We ask our men and women in uniform to leave their careers, leave their families, and risk their lives to fight for our country," said President Barack Obama at the event rolling out the initiative. "The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home. That's why I've made increasing job opportunities for veterans a critical priority for my Administration and why the American Jobs Act I proposed includes tax credits to make it easier for businesses to hire America's veterans."