Comcast announced their plans to add new military hires to the team in hopes of employing 10,000 reservists, vets, their spouses and domestic partners in the coming years Thursday.
The company has already hired approximately 4,200 veterans since January 2012 as part of the “Hiring Our Heroes” initiative and hopes to bring in even more hires through 2017.
"The military teaches valuable life lessons about leadership, teamwork and commitment ― all skills which are highly transferable and we are excited to bring this new talent to Comcast NBC Universal,” President and Chief Executive Officer of Comcast Cable Neal Smit said.
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The parent company of NBC Universal also created a new position in the hiring department, the Vice President of Military and Veterans Initiative, aimed at engaging the military community.
While progress has been made in employing veterans in the past, the unemployment rate of 7.2 percent among post 9/11 vets still remains higher than that of other veterans and the country overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
“I am delighted that we can support our military heroes and their families,” Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast Cable William Strahan said. "We are so proud and grateful for their service and look forward to welcoming them to our team.”