Veterans have been hit particularly hard by the recent unemployment crisis, but a new initiative put in place at The Walt Disney Company is focused on helping to rectify this issue. The Heroes Work Here program, which was announced at a shareholder meeting in Kansas City, Mo., will hire and train at least 1,000 returning veterans over the next three years.

 

The Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert A. Iger commented on the program during the meeting. “As a new generation of America's military men and women transition into civilian life, we are increasing our commitment and support for these modern-day heroes. It's a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country. The military values of honor, integrity, commitment, and courage, along with the skills and experience they've gained through their service, make veterans incredibly valuable employees for any company.” Source: Disney

 

Returning veterans will be hired at a variety of Disney-owned companies including ESPN, Disney-ABC Television Group and of course the Disney parks. You never know, next time you visit Disneyland, the person inside the Darth Vader costume may just be an Iraqi war veteran hired through Disney’s Heroes Work Here program.

 

The program goes beyond hiring veterans, though. The Walt Disney Company will also be investing in nonprofit organizations that provide training opportunities and other services to veterans. The entertainment giant will also be embarking on a public awareness campaign aimed at boosting veteran-specific employment initiatives at other companies.

 

For more information or to search for job openings, visit The Walt Disney Company’s Casting Our Veterans website.

 

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