Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Mayor Garcetti surpasses 10,000 veterans hiring goal ahead of schedule

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong veterans hiring initiative has employed 10,500 Angelenos at more than 200 companies across the L.A. region, surpassing its goal to connect 10,000 veterans to full-time employment by the end of 2017.

The Mayor announced the achievement today at the Port of Los Angeles, as part of the opening celebration of Fleet Week on the L.A. Waterfront.

“The men and women who served our country in uniform should come home to opportunity, not obstacles,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Veterans are some of the hardest-working, most qualified, and prepared people in Los Angeles — and they should have every chance to succeed in the workplace, and make a living for themselves and their families. I am proud of the incredible success of 10,000 Strong, and grateful for everything it has accomplished for some of our most deserving workers and local employers.”

The 10,000 Strong initiative is a coalition of companies and community organizations that share a goal to connect veterans to gainful employment. By working with local non-profits, City WorkSource Centers, and the Employment Development Department, 10,000 Strong helps companies identify highly qualified veterans and fill open positions. The effort also assists veterans with job training geared toward helping them transition military skills to the civilian workforce.

Employer partners in 10,000 Strong include SpaceX, City National Bank, Call of Duty Endowment, NBCUniversal, Starbucks, Northrop Grumman, the Walt Disney Company, Metro, Advanced Security Concepts, and many others.

“City National Bank is so proud to support this important initiative by the City of Los Angeles to get our veterans back to work,” said Martha Tuma, Executive Vice President and head of human resources for City National in Los Angeles. “City National has a long history of supporting the communities in which we live and work and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share our efforts for this key project.”

In July, Mayor Garcetti was joined by Deloitte and more than 50 companies for the first in a series of training sessions designed to stimulate veteran hiring, by helping businesses capitalize on the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) — which is available to employers that hire and retain workers from target groups that have “significant barriers to employment.” The underutilized tax credit can deliver up to $9,600 to employers per veteran hired.