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Disney says it plans to hire 1,000 military veterans

Here is a public service announcement from Disney on its new "Heroes Work Here" program.

In a move to help returning military veterans and "recognize and honor" their service, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced a new companywide initiative to train and hire more than 1,000 vets over the next three years.

Disney CEO Robert Iger made the announcement at a shareholders meeting in Kansas City on Tuesday. The theme parks and entertainment giant said it will also launch a nationwide public awareness campaign for other companies to follow.

"As a new generation of America's military men and women transition into civilian life, we are increasing our commitment and support for these modern day heroes," Iger said. "It's a measure of our respect for how much they have sacrificed on our behalf, and our sincere gratitude for their extraordinary contributions to this country."

The company said it also plans to contribute money to selected non-profit organizations that provide training and other support services to veterans. In addition, Disney employees will participate in service projects with veterans organizations throughout the country.

The "Heroes Work Here" program, according to the company, will span all areas of Disney's operations, including ESPN and Disney Parks and Resorts.

The company has set up a webpage to assist veterans in their job search.

In a similar effort, General Electric Co. in February said it planned to hire 5,000 U.S. military veterans over the next five years.

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