The following is a joint press release from Milicruit and DirectEmployers Association on the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military spouses.

Stand up and be Counted as Milicruit, MOAA and DirectEmployers Association Invite Corporations to Join the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military Spouses

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — UBM Studios Milicruit, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), DirectEmployers Association, and industry leading employers announce the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for Veterans and Military spouses, a program that provides employers with sponsorship and participation in highly active virtual career fairs attended by more than 100,000 veterans and military spouses yearly. The group expects to add hundreds of employers and increase the target number of jobs by partnering with local, national and international businesses to support workforce opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

The goal of the 10,000 Jobs Challenge is to demonstrate that hiring veterans and military spouses is a constructive initiative, and as employers who support the challenge agree, it is one of the most worthwhile things they can do for their business and our economy. Employers wishing to join the 10,000 Jobs Challenge can get more information emailing or visiting

The following companies have joined together in the 10,000 Jobs Challenge: Aetna, CBRE, CITI, Convergys, Camping World and Good Sam, DaVita, Dish Network, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Graybar, Level 3 Communications, Lowe’s, Pepsi Beverages Company, Penske, Pfizer, Philips, Progressive, Sears, State Street, TriWest and Waste Management.

In the next twelve months, Milicruit will increase the overall number of national career fairs it hosts from four events to 12, and will conduct standalone virtual career fairs for soldiers serving overseas. In addition, Milicruit will feature two standalone virtual career fairs for military spouses as part of their commitment to the challenge. The first overseas career fair will be for soldiers in Kuwait on March 14, 2012, followed by the first annual military spouse event, scheduled for May 7, 2012 in honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

“Having helped more than 4,000 veterans find employment through our virtual career fairs in 2011, we are excited about the 10,000 Jobs Challenge, the partnership with the 20 existing employers, DirectEmployers and MOAA. Together, we anticipate we will exceed the 10,000 jobs’ goal,” said Kevin O’Brien, vice president business development, UBM Studios Milicruit.

MOAA has teamed with Milicruit to increase the number of career fairs it will host each year to support the military community. MOAA is a nonprofit veterans’ association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and to preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their survivors. MOAA represents the interests of service members and their families in every stage of their lives and careers.

Retired Navy Capt. Jim Carman, Director of Career Transition Services MOAA, said, “MOAA is committed to highlighting the values of dependability, engagement and enthusiasm that Veterans offer the business community and are essential in any high-performing organization. Our partnership with Milicruit and our support of their 10K Challenge initiative is one more way MOAA represents the interests of the currently serving military, veterans and their families.”

DirectEmployers Association is a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology. DirectEmployers will provide transitioning veterans access to their military crosswalk. The crosswalk will help veterans translate their military skills into civilian occupations.

“DirectEmployers Association is honored to participate in the 10,000 Jobs Challenge for veterans and military spouses and we are also recommending that our member companies participate,” said Bill Warren, Executive Director, DirectEmployers.

About UBM Studios Milicruit Milicruit is the recognized leader in virtual recruiting environments for military veterans. Powered by UBM Studios, Milicruit brings employers who are committed to helping returning veterans find suitable employment together with job-seeking military veterans and their spouses. Given the large number of veterans looking to reenter the civilian job market, Milicruit allows employers and job seekers to meet and interact in a convenient online setting. For additional information on Milicruit or to purchase virtual career fair services, visit

About UBM plcUBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewellery traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,634 staff in more than 31 countries are organised into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to ; follow us at @UBM plc to get the latest UBM news.

About MOAAMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest officers association with 370,000 members from every branch of service, including active duty, retired, National Guard, Reserve, and former officers and their families and survivors. MOAA is a nonprofit and politically nonpartisan.

About DirectEmployers AssociationDirectEmployers Association is a leading HR consortium of global employers that was formed to assist in the sharing of ideas, incorporating of best practices, and research and development of technology where labor practices are concerned. Through this consortium business standards are shaped and technology is used with respect to the diversity that is reflected in the various cultures embodied in a global workforce. Our recognized expertise in compliance, recruitment and cost effective technology enables our members to reach the largest, most diverse pool of quality job seekers worldwide.

DirectEmployers Association MEDIA CONTACT: Nancy Holland, Vice President of Marketing, DirectEmployers Association, +1-317-874-9022,

Contact: Erica Krutsch UBM Studios Milicruit 773-687-4315


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