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For Coca-Cola, Veterans Day this year is just a bit more special. In May, Coca-Cola Refreshments made a pledge to offer at least 800 job and career opportunities to military veterans in 2012. As of this week, that commitment has been surpassed, with 807 new members joining the Coca-Cola team from our armed services.
Every year Coca-Cola associates pause to honor the veterans and members of the U.S. military who sacrifice to serve their country and protect our freedoms. As part of this year’s Veterans Day celebration, employees were joined by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who shared her thoughts about the importance of supporting the U.S. Armed Forces.
“President Obama laid down a challenge for American companies to put our veterans back to work, and Coca-Cola has answered that call. Company officials announced in May they would bring 800 veterans onboard, and six months later, they've already exceeded their goal,” said Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor. “Talk about the 'Real Thing;’ when it comes to veterans hiring, Coca-Cola is true to its brand.”
Coca-Cola has supported military service members and veterans since the 1940s. Today the Company employs more than 5,500 veterans in the U.S., working in a variety of roles across all 50 states.
“The Coca-Cola Company has a proud history of standing behind America’s men and women in uniform, which dates back more than 70 years,” said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company. “We continue that tradition today by partnering with organizations like the USO, bringing veterans into the Coca-Cola workforce and refreshing the members of the extended U.S. military family millions of times around the world each day.”
“People are the foundation of Coca-Cola and they have always been one of our most valuable assets,” said Steve Cahillane, President and Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Veterans have distinct skillsets and a commitment to doing the job right, which is why we’re expanding their ranks at Coca-Cola. With more than 800 former members of the U.S. military joining our team, we’re strengthened by individuals who know how to lead, how to collaborate and how to perform under pressure.”