Disney plans to hire 1,000 veterans

March 13th, 2012, 10:05 am · · posted by Sarah Tully

The Walt Disney Co. is launching a program to hire 1,000 military veterans, including some at its Anaheim resort, the company announced Tuesday (today).

Bob Iger, the Walt Disney Co.’s chief executive officer, made the announcement at the annual shareholders meeting in Kansas City.

The Disneyland Resort will be one of the company’s locations in the program, but specific plans for hiring in Anaheim were unavailable Tuesday morning. (We’re checking with the Anaheim park officials to get more details.)

Disneyland Resort is Orange County’s largest private employer with 22,000 workers at two theme parks, three hotels and the Downtown Disney entertainment-shopping district in Anaheim.

The Heroes Work Here program is designed to hire, train and support returning veterans, both by hiring and encouraging others to do so. The goal is to provide 1,000 jobs over the next three years.

Disney plans to host career fairs and participate in events to advertise job opportunities.

A section of the Disney Careers Website is dedicated for veterans. A West Coast Veterans Career Expo is listed for May 22 in Anaheim, but details had yet to be posted Tuesday. Also, a search of positions at or near Anaheim showed 427 jobs.

The company plans to help non-profit organizations that train and support returning veterans. A public service announcement will be aired on its television stations.

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