SEATTLE, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- With the unemployment rate for veterans significantly higher than that for the overall population, the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider plans to hire at least 1000 former members of the military and military spouses over the next five years. This endeavor by Emeritus Senior Living is the first such veteran recruiting program in America's senior living industry. It has been launched to honor and assist veterans seeking employment as well as pay tribute to the many retired military residing at Emeritus. Emeritus Senior Living, which operates over 470 senior living communities in 44 states, has a workforce of more than 30,000.
The January, 2013 jobless rate for all post-9/11 veterans was 11.7 percent, and military spouses are facing a 26-percent unemployment rate.
"We wish to show our proud support of the military by offering veterans and military spouses a career with Emeritus," said Granger Cobb, president and CEO of Emeritus Senior Living. "We hope this initiative will be of value to those who have served our country. We know that their talent and commitment will be tremendously beneficial to our residents and our entire organization."
Emeritus has identified company positions that correlate to a variety of those in the armed forces, including dining services director, maintenance director, driver, resident care director, wellness nurse, medication technician, certified nursing assistant and a range of administrative positions.Emeritus has established www.emeritus.com/employment/military, a website dedicated to veterans and military spouses seeking employment with the company. It includes general information on why Emeritus is a good fit for transitioning military and spouses along with testimonials from current Emeritus employee veterans. About Emeritus Senior LivingEmeritus Senior Living is the nation's largest assisted living and memory care provider, with the ability to serve nearly 50,000 residents. More than 30,000 employees support more than 470 communities throughout 44 states coast to coast. Emeritus offers the spectrum of senior residential choices, care options and life enrichment programs that fulfill individual needs and promote purposeful living throughout the aging process. Its experts provide insights on senior living, care, brain health and caregiving at www.Emeritus.com. Emeritus is based in Seattle, Wash.; Emeritus' common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ESC. Media Contact: Audrey Knoth / Scott McCaskey(757) 625-2518 SOURCE Emeritus Senior Living