Metro honored at L.A. CARES for Veterans Hiring Program

This morning, Metro was honored at L.A. CARES for its proactive stance in veteran hiring. Currently, there are approximately 600 employees at Metro who have identified with military status, and 100 of them were hired between January 2012 to June 2013. Metro supports the transportation industry goal to increase veteran hiring to 10% – 12% over the next three years. For more information on a careers with Metro, visit Metro’s Careers page.

Here’s the joint press release from The Salvation Army and Jewish Vocational Service on L.A. CARES:

According to a 2013 report from the Department of Labor, there are nearly one million unemployed veterans in the United States. On October 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., dynamic efforts to address that sobering statistic will be on display at The Expo Center located at 3980 Bill Robertson Lane, Los Angeles, 90037 where The Salvation Army and JVS Los Angeles will highlight their programs that address veteran unemployment.

L.A. CARES will recognize area businesses that have created successful military hiring initiatives and highlight the nonprofit partnership of The Salvation Army Return-To-Work and JVS Veterans First programs for their forward thinking approaches to the challenges facing returning veterans.

Jan Perry, former L.A. City Councilmember and Interim General Manager of Mayor Garcetti’s Economic and Workforce Development Department will make keynote remarks, introduced by Steve Soboroff, newly-elected President of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

The program will feature a panel discussing best practices in veteran recruitment, hiring and retention, moderated by Keri Dawkins of the U.S. Chamber Heroes To Hire program, with senior representatives from corporate partners Activision/Blizzard, ACET (Adams Communication & Engineering Technology), Bank of America and Vons. Veterans who have gone through The Salvation Army and JVS programs will tell their own personal stories of how they overcame overwhelming obstacles and are now focusing on careers with a future.

“Helping our heroes return to the civilian workforce is a priority for my department,” said Ms. Perry.  “L.A. CARES highlights the critical partnership between social service agencies and the business community as we showcase the unique skill sets and talents veterans bring to prospective employers. I commend The Salvation Army and JVS Los Angeles for their leadership and I thank the employers who have already committed their organizations to breaking down the barriers to employment for our returning service members.”

Panel participants will include: Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of Activision/Blizzard’s Call of Duty Endowment; Marilyn Hayes, Senior Recruiter for ACET; Johnny Montes, Senior Vice President for Los Angeles East region for Bank of America, and Robert De Santiago, Human Resources Manager for Safeway Inc. – Vons Division.

For Media, contact Robert Brennan Director of Media Relations The Salvation Army 818-648-9098 Robert.Brennan@usw.salvationarmy.org  Evan Henerson JVS Media Relations Manager 323-761-8888 x8866 ehenerson@jvsla.org