ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman announced Wednesday that it is setting a goal of 25 percent of new hires to be veterans by 2015.

“The leadership, reliability and high-tech skills veterans bring to the job are a great resource to the operation of America’s Railroad,” Boardman, a Vietnam veteran, said in a release. “I’m honored and proud to add more of our country’s service men and women to the Amtrak team.”

Amtrak is partnering with recruiting groups that focus on veteran hiring, to help meet this goal.

The Amtrak Human Capital department will participate in more than 30 military job fairs across the country. The company expects to hire more than 3,000 employees over the next year to meet the demand of employee vacancies due to retirement and new projects.

“Our goal is to develop, acquire and retain talent that will make this company even better, and employees with military experience help us do that,” said Amtrak Chief of Human Capital Barry Melnkovic. “Veterans bring a unique skill set to the job and are a great fit for our positions. Amtrak, America’s Railroad, is in service to American veterans.”

In fiscal year 2012, more than 14 percent of new hires were veterans.


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