The commitment will fund a range of programs that provide employment services to wounded, ill, and injured troops and their families and caregivers, including USO transition workshops and career opportunity days, practice interviews, resume preparation, and networking opportunities. In 2013, more than a quarter of BNSF Railway's twelve hundred new hires were veterans, and the company currently employs more than seventy-five hundred veterans, representing 17 percent of its total workforce.
"We are honored to partner with the USO on such an important initiative that helps connect employers with military veterans and provides the tools necessary for troops to successfully transition to civilian careers," said BNSF Railway president and CEO Carl Ice. "Working with the USO is something we are extremely proud of and fits well with our longstanding commitment to hire military veterans. Our railroad runs twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. Some days our team is asked to operate in adverse conditions that can require quick thinking and an unwavering dedication to the mission. The men and women of the United States military know what it means to be mission-focused and bring experience and training that adds so much value to the work we do."