WWE announced today that it will be partnering with Hire Heroes USA, an organization dedicated to customized job search training and assistants for U.S. military veterans. WWE will be making a donation to the organization and using its media presence to raise funds for the group. A new veterans hiring initiative will also be implemented, with the WWE changing its military hiring practices.
The partnership will be heavily promoted during the WWE's 10th annual Tribute to the Troops. The television special is a holiday tradition for the WWE, and will air this weekend.
“WWE has a long history of supporting our armed forces because we are extremely grateful for the sacrifices of our nation’s heroes,” said Vince McMahon, chairman and CEO of WWE. “It is an honor for us to partner with Hire Heroes USA and support programs that will help our veterans.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 160,000 active military members, and 110,000 reserve and national guard members are discharged each year. Nearly 1 million military veterans are estimated to be unemployed. Hire Heroes USA claims to have helped over 600 military veterans find jobs in the past two years.
“WWE has a clear commitment to supporting the US military and the top organizations that help military veterans and their families,” said Brian Stann, president and CEO of Hire Heroes USA. “Like us, WWE follows verbal support with action, making a tangible difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much in defense of this nation. We are proud to partner with WWE so that together we can help reduce veteran unemployment.”
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