We’re Hiring America’s Veterans!

#AmtrakVets

Today we're excited to announce that we're making a corporate commitment to ensure 25 percent of our new hires are veterans by 2015!

“I’m honored and proud to add more of our country’s service men and women to the Amtrak team,” says Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman, who is a Vietnam veteran.

That means that over the next year we expect to hire more than 3,000 employees, 25 percent of which will be vets! In fact, in fiscal year 2012, more than 14 percent of new hires were veterans.

Amtrak's new hiring initiative was announced today at a special ceremony at Washington Union Station, just steps from the nation's capitol. You can see live social media coverage of the event by using the hashtag #AmtrakVets.

The event included Sen. Joe Manchin, Rep. Jeff Denham, Michael L. Rhodes with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Amtrak employees and an extra special guest ... a custom-painted locomotive.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and to honor those that have served in all modern conflicts, we unveiled a specially designedAmerica’s Railroad Salutes Our Veterans” locomotive, which will travel around the country.

“Veterans bring a unique skill set to the job and are a great fit for our positions,” says Amtrak Chief of Human Capital Barry Melnkovic. “Amtrak, America’s Railroad, is in service to American veterans.”

So how do we plan on hitting that goal? We're working with a great group of partners, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring our Heroes, the Wounded Warrior Project, RecruitMilitary and Army PaYS. We're also participating in more than 30 job fairs this year!

If you're interested in learning more about careers at Amtrak and how skills from the armed forces transfer to the railroad, go to Amtrak.com/VeteransCareers!

13 comments
richrailer
richrailer

Im a locomotive engineer of 13 years with the BNSF and also cant get thru the internet hiring hoops of fire,,but props to the vets who can.

Chris Treber
Chris Treber

I am a 90% disabled american veteran I have been applying for 3 years with a BS in Management and a project management certification from Villanova and can't get an interview plus 30 years of business experience.

Chris Treber
Chris Treber

Well don't apply in Delaware all they hire is relatives of current employees.  

Daniel Morea
Daniel Morea

Thanks for honoring our veterans by providing opportunities.  1% of our popoulation provides the current safety net worldwide, to keep our Country safe.  As a Vietnam Veteran, I am honored and grateful for your efforts.

richelledad
richelledad

i am a retired vet and u can't help the ones who risked there lives for us 2 much thanks to the men and women who serve every day a-men

tctulloch
tctulloch

Awesome! @iava is also another great organization to reach out to to get more veterans on board! 

ByronMynes
ByronMynes

Just registered and applying now.. 3.5 yr USMC Combat Vet, coming home this fall..NC

JimSmith12
JimSmith12

nothing works on their sight to find and apply for openings

JayMarking
JayMarking

Thanks for doing this for our Veterans!

Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@tctulloch @iava Yes, our Twitter followers suggested IAVA too. They've been great partners!

ByronMynes
ByronMynes

Applied!  Raleigh, NC and Florence, SC

Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@JayMarking Our CEO is a veteran so he knows all the great skills service men and women can bring to Amtrak. We're looking forward to welcoming them aboard!

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