05.05.2016People

Verizon makes significant commitment to military veterans and their families

By: Eric Wilkens

Verizon joined other tech industry leaders this morning at the White House to make a significant commitment to military veterans and their families.

The company is one of more than 50 nationwide that have collectively pledged to hire and train 100,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

The event was part of the broader Joining Forces initiative started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden five years ago. The initiative calls on all Americans – in both the public and private sectors – to rally around service members, veterans and their families, and support them through employment, education and wellness opportunities.

Since the launch of the Joining Forces initiative in 2011, more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have been hired.

“The bottom line is simple,” said First Lady Michelle Obama, who was joined by Dr. Biden at the event. “Right now so many folks around our military are essentially already working in the tech industry. They just happen to be wearing our country’s uniform while they’re doing it.”

The first lady added, “Whatever job you’re looking to fill, there are plenty of folks doing that job in the military right now who will be ready to succeed in your company on day one. Flat out.”

Verizon leaders Evan Guzman, head of military programs and veteran affairs, and John Larregui, a managing partner in Federal Mobility Solutions and a former Marine corporal, attended the event on Verizon’s behalf.

Evan Guzman (left) and John Larregui (right)

Verizon joined other tech industry leaders this morning at the White House to make a significant commitment to military veterans and their families.

Guzman said that with more than 10,000 military veterans employed at Verizon, there is rarely a position in the military that does not align with a career at the company.

“Employing military veterans is not only a patriotic thing to do, but it’s also smart business,” explained Guzman. “We’re proud to participate in the Joining Forces Pledge announcement because we realize how important it is to provide veterans and military spouses with opportunities in the technology field.”

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