Tech industry to train, hire 90K military vets

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By Associated Press

Michelle Obama announced Thursday that the technology industry has promised to hire and train 90,000 military veterans and spouses over the next five years — the latest private-sector commitment to her campaign to help veterans.

Microsoft Corp., Cisco and Oracle are among firms making the commitment, she said.

The first lady also said the private sector had far exceeded a challenge President Barack Obama issued in August 2011 to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2013.

Mrs. Obama said more than 850,000 veterans and military spouses had been hired by U.S. businesses in the four years since the president set the hiring goal.

The 850,000 is on top of the 30 percent of the federal workforce that is made up of veterans, she said.

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