FOLLOWUP: Program promoting the hiring of veterans nears its target

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A state program that helps Virginia businesses hire veterans is expected to meet an employment target a year ahead of schedule.

By September, the 669 companies in the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program had hired more than 18,000 veterans since 2014. That hiring total is expected to reach 20,000 by January, one year ahead of schedule.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the employment numbers at a late September workforce conference in Richmond sponsored by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

McAuliffe said that in August 2014 he challenged the V3 program manager, Andy Schwartz, to get 10,000 veterans hired by V3-certified companies in four years. The program met that goal 900 days ahead of schedule.

The governor then doubled the goal to 20,000 hires by the end of his term in January 2018. The program is on a pace to pass that target one year early.

The V3 program was the focus of July’s cover story looking at efforts to encourage Virginia companies to hire veterans.

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