The pledge is part of the White House’s Joining Forces initiative. It’s a nationwide effort started by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, asking Americans everywhere to celebrate and support service members, veterans, and military families who give and sacrifice so much in service to our nation. Since it began in 2011, more than 1.2 million veterans and military spouses have been hired or trained. And just this week, the initiative announced that we and 39 other companies are pledging to hire a total of 110,000 more over the next five years.
“Veterans are an essential part of our workforce,” said Chris Davison, who manages veteran recruiting at BAE Systems. “They bring a special perspective to the work we do and a connection with our customers and end users not achievable in any other way.”
May, which is National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), already holds special meaning for BAE Systems, as many of our employees are veterans or have family members who have served or are currently serving. That’s why we have launched an integrated campaign called Remember. Honor. Support. to unify a number of efforts across the company in support of NMAM, including the pledge.
“It’s another reflection of our commitment to veterans,” Davison said. “It’s not just the right thing to do for our business. It’s the right thing to do for our nation.”