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First lady announces plans to hire vets, families
First lady announces big step-up in pledges to hire vets, spouses; sees US 'wave of support'
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' First lady Michelle Obama has announced commitments from a range of private companies to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014. It represents a dramatic step-up in activity for her Joining Forces initiative. Mrs. Obama says the show of support demonstrates to military families that "America has your back."

The first lady launched Joining Forces in April to try to motivate businesses, nonprofits, community groups and individuals to do more to support military families. Since then it has resulted in the hiring of 16,000 veterans and spouses, and pledges to hire another 25,000.

Thursday's announcement of 100,000 additional job commitments for military families includes plans to hire at least 5,000 wounded veterans.




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