First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Keynote Address At Disney’s Veterans Institute Workshop


 

By Jueseppi B.

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney’s Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

First Lady Michelle Obama autographs items after she delivered the keynote address at Disney’s Veterans Institute workshop at the Disney Boardwalk Inn, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 14. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

 

Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at Disney’s Veterans Institute

 

Published on Nov 14, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at Disney’s first-ever Veterans Institute workshop at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. The event brought together business experts, government officials, veterans and leaders from non-profit veterans service organizations to share experiences, best practices, and tips for making a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

 

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - NOVEMBER 14: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger and First Lady Michelle Obama address the audience at Disney's BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World Resort November 14, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Iger and Obama gave keynote remarks at Disney's first-ever "Veterans Institute" workshop. The complimentary day-long seminar, co-sponsored by Disney's "Heroes Work Here" initiative and the Disney Institute, is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – NOVEMBER 14: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger and First Lady Michelle Obama address the audience at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort at Walt Disney World Resort November 14, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Iger and Obama gave keynote remarks at Disney’s first-ever “Veterans Institute” workshop. The complimentary day-long seminar, co-sponsored by Disney’s “Heroes Work Here” initiative and the Disney Institute, is designed to help companies build effective veteran-hiring programs of their own. (Photo by Matt Stroshane/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

 

First Lady Michelle Obama called on private companies to follow examples of Walt Disney Co. by hiring military veterans, saying Thursday at Walt Disney World that employers need to tell them, “we’re going to have your backs.”

 

Obama, whose “Joining Forces” initiative is aimed at helping military veterans re-enter private life, told an estimated 500 representatives of local and national companies gathered at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort that companies such as Disney, AT&T, Walmart and Starbucks have signed on with commitments to hire veterans by the thousands, and small- and medium-size businesses should follow their examples.

 

At the Disney-sponsored conference, called the “Veterans Institute,” she said Joining Forces has helped 380,000 veterans get jobs in two years.

 

“That’s outstanding. But it’s not enough,” she said in an 11-minute address, the keynote speech in a daylong conference of workshops and seminars on hiring veterans. “We need you all to really dig deep. We need you to double down.”

 

Her challenges are rooted in concerns over chronically high unemployment numbers for military veterans. Their unemployment rate nationally has stagnated at 10 percent, while the nation’s overall unemployment has fallen to about 7 percent.

 

In giving a veteran a job, Obama said, “You’re giving one more American hero a chance to continue serving his country. You’re giving that hero’s family security of a steady paycheck. You’re sending a clear message that we honor others who sacrifice for us, and when they come home, we’re going to have your backs.”

 

Among other speakers Thursday, Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger talked about the pro-veteran hiring efforts that followed World War II, which he said Walt Disney was passionate toward.

 

“Those veterans were given priority. It was fitting. It was right,” Iger said. “They deserve to find open doors and opportunities. And,with your help, they will. I’m not sure how many companies it takes to create a national movement, but we have 400 companies here today, and I’d call that a pretty good start.”

 

There appeared to be widespread agreement among the employers at the conference, ranging from national companies,such as Google and Darden to local companies such as Florida Hospital and the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners, to make hiring veterans a priority.

 

But the practical reality of finding and matching vets and jobs is complicated, said conference attendee Timothy Green, a retired Air Force colonel who is now director of strategic outreach for the U.S. Department of Labor‘s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services.

 

“We’re trying to make those connections,” Green said. “The connection is the hard part.”

 

Many veterans come back with broad, military-trained qualities such as discipline and innovation under pressure, but military resumes do not translate well to civilian job-market needs, he said. Sometimes, they must be willing to go where the jobs are, rather than home.

 

Carl Ludecke, a former U.S. Marine and now vice president of Charlie Johnson Builder in Mount Dora, came to represent the Florida Homebuilders Association.

 

“It’s the job skills a lot of veterans are coming out with. There are a lot of veterans from support units that are lot more computer literate and they are doing a lot of other things administratively that they can fall into things. But the foot soldier, it’s a little difficult sometimes for them,” Ludecke said.

 

“What I try to do is as they get out [is tell them] to get their GI bill going and try to get at least a two-year degree, and to transition through education into more of a civilian life.”

 

Michelle Obama at Disney

1384460832-michelle-obama-addresses-veterans-institute-workshop--disney-world_3236471

1384473036-michelle-obama-addresses-veterans-institute-workshop--disney-world_3239340

blogger4peacelogo

nc3

obamabottomheader

One Response

  1. […] First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Keynote Address At Disney’s Veterans Institute Workshop […]

Reply At Your Own Risk. Leave The Dumbfuckery At The Door.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 254,933 other followers

%d bloggers like this: