Morning Coffee Mar 14 2012

Walt Disney to Hire 1,000 U.S. Veterans

By damian ghigliotty

Count Snow White and Mickey as the newest friends of returning soldiers of war.

At the company's annual shareholder meeting in Kansas City, Mo., Walt Disney Company said it will hire and train 1,000 military veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. Disney wants to fill positions across all of its business units, including those in sales and marketing at its theme parks and resorts, consumer product lines and media properties, including ESPN, ABC and Walt Disney Studios.

"The military values of honor, integrity, commitment and courage, along with the skills and experience they've gained through their service, make veterans incredibly valuable employees, and we want them for Disney," the company's chief executive, Robert Iger, told shareholders.

Hiring will take place over the next three years. Disney also plans to make donations to nonprofit organizations that provide support for veterans readjusting to life in the U.S. Job seekers should start applying via Disney's career page, a company spokesperson said.

Disney also plans to run commercials on its television networks urging other employers to hire veterans and direct job seekers to Joining Forces, a support group created by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden dedicated to aiding veterans.

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