America's Leading Employers Join Forces to Hire 50,000 Veterans and Military Spouses

VetFriendly Challenge will connect thousands of veterans and military spouses with employers who wish to hire them

Apr 23, 2013, 11:37 ET from Veteran Recruiting Services

PHILADELPHIA, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Veteran Recruiting Services, the recognized leader of virtual career fairs for the military community, and dozens of the Nation's leading employers are teaming up in support of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, to hire at least 50,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018. The VetFriendly campaign will consist of nationwide virtual career fairs and a military friendly employer index by industry.


"We work with some of the best companies in the world who recognize, and appreciate the skills and talents our Nation's finest and their spouses add to the workforce. We are honored to continue our support of the First Lady and Dr. Biden's Joining Forces Initiative. The employers who participate in our virtual career fairs have hired more than 21,000 veterans and military spouses since 2011, and we have no doubt, that the goal of 50,000 will also be met and exceeded" stated Kevin O'Brien, Managing Partner Veteran recruiting Services.

The founding member partners of the VetFriendly Challenge include; Aetna, Airgas, Ball Corporation, Citi, Comerica Bank, Convergys, Exelon, Graybar, Huntington Bancshares Incorporated,  MetLife, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Verizon, Waste Management, and Xerox.

"Graybar is a proud supporter of the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge. As an employer, we recognize the value of military service and the skills acquired by those who served." Said Jami Boyles - Director, Employment Practices & Policy - Graybar

As part of the challenge, VRS will continue to host the military virtual career fairs, and will also add industry specific virtual career fairs for the following; government, financial services, technology, retail, transportation, healthcare, communications, entertainment, energy, manufacturing, defense, hospitality, food and beverage, and insurance.

VRS will host an industry specific virtual career fair for the retail industry on April 25th with the following employers who will participate; 24 Hour Fitness, Comerica Bank, Lowe's, Nordstrom, Sears, Staples, Verizon, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, and Xerox Business Services. 

VRS will also host the Military Spouse Appreciation Day virtual career fair for the third straight year on May 10, 2013.

Employers who are interested in joining the challenge can register at

To register as an employer for the upcoming virtual career fairs, employers can register at

Veterans and Military Spouses can register for upcoming virtual career fairs at 

About Veteran Recruiting Services

Veteran Recruiting Services, the recognized leader in virtual career fairs for the military community, delivers a robust suite of virtual recruitment solutions that includes; virtual career fairs, live video interviews, and military skills translators. Through the VRS virtual career fairs, more than 21,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired since 2011.

Media Contact: Nicole O'Brien, Astound LLC, 215-525-5757,

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