Comcast announced today that it and NBCUniversal reached their three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans two years ahead of schedule. Comcast will double down on its pledge, which was made through U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s "Hiring Our Heroes,” by hiring an additional 1,000 armed services veterans by 2015.

Hiring Our Heroes launched in  2011 as a nationwide effort to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.  Comcast and NBCUniversal have hired 1,000 veterans in the last year to work in a variety of positions at all levels, including network engineering, technology, operations, theme parks and resorts, programming, customer service, marketing, human resources and other careers. 

Comcast and NBCUniversal’s pledge contributed to the Chamber’s Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign, the largest private sector commitment of its kind with a goal of hiring half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. To date, businesses have pledged to hire more than 210,000 veterans and military spouses, and 93,000 hires have been confirmed.        

"To move the needle on veteran unemployment, it will take companies increasing their levels of veteran hiring and Comcast and NBCUniversal have stepped up to do just that," said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. "Comcast and NBCUniversal are among the biggest supporters of our program and through their dedication and leadership, we are seeing a difference in how businesses across America are recognizing the value in hiring a veteran."

Comcast and NBCUniversal said they worked to foster a culture that supported veterans and reservists within its ranks. Veterans were invited to join employee resource groups where there is a community among veterans. The Comcast and NBCUniversal Veterans Network employee resource groups serve as a base of support for members, in several ways, including a mentoring program and events focused on growing the professional and personal development of veterans and their allies.

This summer, NBC News and the Chamber will launch a jobs and education resource portal to connect veterans and their families with up-to-date tools and information to help them in their transition after returning home from military service.  The centralized hub will feature the best resources from leading industry partners, in addition to NBC News features, and family, spouse and community resources.

Last year the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers officially announced the formation of its SCTE Veterans Network (Vet-Net) , which is a program that was designed to assist veterans of United States armed forces to make the transition to careers in the cable telecommunications industry. Comcast also participates in Vet-Net.