Hiring America TV launches to help vets transition to civilian life

Michelle Clancy | 30-09-2013

The first ever national television show dedicated to jobs and career direction for returning US military veterans is now being aired across the nation.

Hosted by television news reporter Gigi Stone (Good Morning America, ABC News), Hiring America can be seen on the global Pentagon Channel as well as 32 local market television network and independent stations.

"Our military veterans are a national asset not simply in war but in peace as well," said retired Major General Mike Lehnert (USMC), who is also vice chairman of the Student Veterans of America. "Their courage, skill and commitment has kept our country safe. And now it's time for these same veterans to apply their talents to the nation's economy. I applaud the work of Hiring America and encourage employers to bring these terrific troops into their workforce. It'll be the BEST business decision they ever make."

The 30-minute programme will initially air 13 shows in consecutive weeks, and the hope is to produce an additional 13 episodes after that.

"This is a must-see show for anyone transitioning from the military," said Brian Kumia, executive producer for programming of the Pentagon Channel. "Moving into the civilian workforce can be a challenge for our veterans. Hiring America highlights companies that are eager to hire former military with tips and advice to increase the odds of getting hired."

Available jobs, criteria, relevant experience and interests will be discussed on each show and then more information will be posted on hiringamerica.net. Veterans who feel the position is of interest to them will have the opportunity to connect directly with the veteran recruiters at these companies that are actively seeking to engage veterans and people with military backgrounds.

"I believe we've really created a great touch point for our veterans seeking employment," Deutch stated. "And the responses from corporate sponsors have just been incredible. The generous support of companies such as Target, Wells Fargo, Siemens, Edward Jones, Pacific Gas & Electric, JetBlue, Eaton, Merck, ManTech, Iron Mountain and Life Technologies has made Hiring America possible."