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Acting Secretary Blank Supports Joining Forces Veterans Hiring Initiative

Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank and Honeywell CEO David Cote at a Joining Forces Veterans Hiring Event

Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today participated in a Joining Forces Veterans Hiring Event that recognized Veterans Day and the contributions of our men and women in uniform. The event, sponsored by Honeywell and their military recruitment partner Orion International, aimed to identify and match veteran job candidates with open positions at Honeywell and recognized Honeywell’s efforts to provide veterans with more career opportunities. Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO Dave Cote and Joining Forces Executive Director Todd Veazie also attended.

“The Department of Commerce takes this administration’s commitment to hiring veterans very seriously, and we will do our part to support the Joining Forces initiative and the good work of companies like Honeywell and Orion International that are connecting members of our military with the quality private-sector jobs they have earned,” said Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank. “Through the Department’s strong relationship with private sector companies all over the country, we will be encouraging other firms to commit to hiring veterans, and we will do all we can to help them make that goal a reality.”

Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to provide our service members and their families with the opportunities and support they have earned. Since the Joining Forces initiative began in 2011, Honeywell has been an active supporter of the effort, which is led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. One of the effort’s main focuses has been connecting America’s veterans and military spouses with careers that match their skills, experience and dedication. To date, Joining Forces has worked with more than 2,000 companies to hire or train 125,000 veterans and military spouses.

Veterans attending the event applied and interviewed for available jobs at Honeywell. Positions ranged from project managers to service and installation technicians to engineers. Since 2011, Honeywell has hired more than 1,100 veterans in a wide variety of roles, including engineers, production operation supervisors, technicians, and sourcing/logistics professionals. Overall, 10 percent of Honeywell’s U.S. workforce is composed of U.S. military veterans, compared to the national average of 7.7 percent (as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor).

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At the conference


I was present at the conference and was very grateful to Dr. Blank for taking the time from her busy schedule to visit with us and listen to our problems. I am very hopeful for the future of the Joining Forces program and hope that my fellow veterans will be able to benefit from this.