The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's plan to hire 500,000 veterans received a boost on Friday when the American Trucking Associations announced it would support the effort.
The ATA said in a statement it plans to hire 100,000 veterans as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
"There's no higher calling for an American than to serve in our armed forces, and I'd like to think that driving a truck – delivering America's most essential goods safely and efficiently is also a high calling," ATA President and CEO Bill Graves said. "That's why we're so proud to be partnering with Hiring Our Heroes and committing on behalf of the trucking industry to hire 100,000 veterans over the next two years."
Started in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful jobs. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.
Supported by Capital One with the launch in March 2012, more than 1,700 companies have promised to hire 585,000 veterans and military spouses. To date, there have been 369,000 confirmed hires.
"A strong trucking industry is critical to the growth of our country and our economy. ATA's pledge to hire and support 100,000 veterans sets a tremendous example for others to follow," said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes.
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