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Microsoft Extends Cash and Software Support for Veterans Entering the Workforce

Today, as of August 5, President Barack Obama discussed the administration’s ongoing commitment to fostering opportunities to help prepare the nation’s veterans for their transition to the civilian workforce. Microsoft is backing a jobs for American vets effort with $2 million in cash and up to $6 million in software and training to help U.S. military veterans get IT training.

Microsoft representatives joined President Barack Obama today at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. as the President unveiled his plans for reducing veteran unemployment.

Microsoft is expanding the Redmond software giant’s Elevate America Veterans initiative by partnering with the U.S. Department of Labor to distribute 10,000 technology training and certification packages to veterans. These resources will be provided over a two-year period though the Department of Labor One-Stop Career Centers designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof, announced Microsoft VP Curt Kolcun.

“With the new cash and donated software, Microsoft’s commitment in supporting training for veterans adds up to $12 million in cash, products and other services,” added Kolcun.

In a blog post Kolcun applauded Obama’s efforts to help prepare veterans to make the transition to the civilian workforce:

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the board of the United Service Organizations, these issues resonate and are deeply personal. I am proud to work for a company that is committed to offering solutions to help our veterans.

Curt Kolcun, Microsoft’s vice president of the U.S. public sector, talks with General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

[Via:Microsoft on the Issues]

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