In 2015, Comcast NBCUniversal committed to achieving an exciting but ambitious goal – the hiring of 10,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and Military Spouses across our company by the end of 2017. We are committed to military hiring because it strengthens our team, and our long-standing support of military and veteran organizations across the country. Today, I am very proud to share that we officially met and surpassed this goal as of the end of last year, and we can proudly say that since 2010 we have hired more than 15,000 Veterans, National Guard and Reserve members, and Military Spouses, across Comcast NBCUniversal. 

As we move forward, we will continue to hire and support this incredible community, as well as develop new partnerships to help us do so. We recently launched a new partnership with Student Veterans of America, with an eye toward providing meaningful job opportunities to Veterans while they are in school, and career opportunities as they graduate. We’re also building on our goal of helping empower other employers across the country to develop their own military hiring pipeline, starting with our School for Employers Who Invest in Military Talent, which we lead in collaboration with the PsychArmor Institute. This school provides free, on-demand online courses for employers to help bridge the civilian-military divide. 

In our support of the military community, our efforts extend to bringing the Olympic Games to U.S. service members all over the world via live streaming.  Building on a partnership with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service that began two years ago with the Rio Summer Olympic Games, we extended this service to include all honorably-discharged veterans so that more than 21 million service members and Veterans were able to watch thousands of hours of Winter Olympics coverage from PyeongChang. And, we’ve added the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, which are taking place now through March 18, to the available streaming service via the Exchange.  

From the beginning, our 10,000-hiring goal has been a north star to help us focus on a strategically important talent pool. We are not done; we will continue to embrace the military community – because it is the right thing to do for our business and for those who have given to our Country.