February 21, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Unemployed Veterans Find New Champion - America Wants You Enlists Corporate America to Find Jobs for 800,000 Veterans Now Out of Work
Actor Chris O'Donnell Stars in New Video Asking Corporate America to Do Its Part
AWY Running Full Page Ad in Wall Street Journal
Los Angeles, CA - Military veterans looking for work in a tough economy have a new champion in America Wants You (AWY), a unique private sector initiative that is teaming up with corporate America to find job opportunities for those men and women who have served in our Country's military. Together, industry and America's veterans can team to build the America of tomorrow.
The non-partisan organization, led by three retired private-sector executives from Los Angeles, is establishing contacts across the corporate spectrum to carve out opportunities for some of the more than 800,000 veterans currently out of work.
CareerBuilder is building a dedicated job site on AmericaWantsYou.net and corporations including Southwestern Energy and Careerbuilder have pledged their support. The effort is also supported by a number of veterans organizations including: The Vet Voice Foundation, Bob Woodruff Foundation, Hire Heroes USA, Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
"America Wants You and its supporters are calling out to the corner offices to stand up and do their duty," said the group's chairman and CEO, John S. Pike, a veteran and former president at Paramount Network Television.
Pike's principals are Dallas Marvil and Cliff Allman, who were both top publishing industry leaders.
"With over 800,000 veterans out of work, it is imperative that companies step up and help those who have been helping us," Pike said. "It's a corporate call to arms. There is no employer too big or too small to aid in this American effort."
Actor Chris O'Donnell is starring in a new video asking corporate America to jump in and help veterans in this job market. The video can be viewed here: http://d.pr/8q5P.
"America Wants You is coming at the right time. Right now, the unemployment rate among the youngest veterans, ages 18-24, is upwards of 30 percent. Efforts like these are desperately needed, and we're proud to support their efforts," said Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, and Chairman of the Vet Voice Foundation.
AWY cannot achieve its goal without strong support from "Cornerstone Partners" who believe in this initiative and embrace the objective. Southwestern Energy, a leading company in the natural gas industry, was one of the first to join up. "History has shown time and again that no challenge is too great for the collective resolve and determination of the American people," said Mark Boling, Executive Vice President for Southwestern Energy.
"We are behind this initiative 100% and have been and are committed to providing jobs to those that have served our nation."
AWY is also running a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal today, which can be viewed here:http://d.pr/WN5u.
For more information please visit AmericaWantsYou.net.