25,000 Veterans to be Hired by UPS

UPS has announced it has committed to hire more than 25,000 veterans over the next five years as well as committing to serve more than 25,000 employee volunteer hours helping veterans and Veterans Service Organizations (VSO). The initiative is in cooperation with the Obama Administration initiative "Joining Forces," a program dedicated to helping servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses connect with the job market.

The announcement coincides with an event that took place on March 14 when First Lady Michelle Obama and Joining Forces recognized 14 women veterans as Champions of Change. The event, which took place at the White House, honored women veterans who have made a tremendous impact on our nation’s communities, businesses, and schools. On the same date, during the Business Roundtable, the First Lady acknowledged UPS as a corporate leader committed to supporting the country’s troops.

"We appreciate First Lady Michelle Obama's recognition. The Joining Forces initiative is an important and natural extension of UPS's outward and visible support of the men and women that serve in the military," said UPS chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "Men and women who were prepared to give all a person can give, and with devotion and gallantry, were ready to sacrifice. Veterans, who through their service, honored their nation, should know that UPS can and wants their talents and skills to be recognized and valued."

UPS will reinforce its commitment by helping veterans transition into the civilian workforce through increased networking opportunities. This includes forming new alliances with VSOs, working through government outreach efforts to veterans, establishing Veteran Business Resource Groups to ensure critical resources are available within UPS and by enhancing the level of recognition for employees who have so honorably served. Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members make up 7.5 percent of UPS's domestic workforce.

UPS’s commitment to veterans has attracted recognition for its support of the military services. The company has twice received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the nation's highest recognition for employers supporting National Guard and Reserve members.

In February, 2013, UPS reaffirmed its commitment for the Guard and Reserves by signing a formal Statement of Support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

UPS's work for the veterans is nothing new. The company has a long track record of supporting veteran's organizations through sponsorships, donations and volunteer hours throughout the country including at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, the Marine Corps Marathon and through Paralyzed Veterans of America programs among others.

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