Comcast and NBCUniversal Double Commitment to ‘Hiring Our Heroes’

Wed Mar 6, 2013 9:57am EST

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Company reaches goal of hiring 1,000 veterans two years ahead of schedule, and
commits to hiring an additional 1,000 veterans over the next two years
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), a global media and technology
company, announced today that Comcast and NBCUniversal have achieved their
publicly announced three-year goal of hiring 1,000 veterans as part of the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce Foundation`s "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative two years ahead
of schedule and that it will double its pledge by committing to hire an
additional 1,000 U.S. veterans by 2015. 

Hiring Our Heroes launched in March 2011 as nationwide effort to help veterans
and military spouses find meaningful employment. As a key partner in this
effort, 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
contributes 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

"Comcast and NBCUniversal are thrilled to have reached our original hiring
commitment early," said William Strahan, Executive Vice President of Human
Resources for Comcast Cable. "We have had the privilege of hiring extremely
talented men and women over the last year and we look forward to making our
workforce even stronger with our next wave of veterans joining our team." 

"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 have fostered a culture that supports veterans and
reservists within its ranks. Veterans are 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.
Additionally, NBC News created the "Making a Difference on the Homefront" news
series in an effort to shine a light on veterans, military families and the
issues affecting them across the country. NBC Publishing also just released a
free enhanced eBook and guide for veterans, Heroes Get Hired: How to Use Your
Military Experience to Master the Interview (downloadable at 

This spring, 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. 

"Our goal is to offer veterans tangible tools that help them with their
transition back into the workforce and civilian life," commented Beth Colleton,
Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, NBCUniversal. "We look
forward to working with the entire Comcast and NBCUniversal family in
collaboration with stellar partners like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
to continue to expand our veteran initiatives." 

Comcast is also offering its programming resources to help veterans find careers
at other employers through programs such as the "Hire a Veteran" On Demand on
Xfinity TV initiative as well as engaging in numerous partnerships with veteran
serving organizations in local communities. From March 15-28, Hiring Our Heroes
will host a series of major job fairs in different communities across America,
including Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Fort Hood,
Fayetteville, and Dayton with support from Comcast and NBCUniversal. 

In November 2012, Comcast and NBCUniversal were honored by the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce and National Chamber Foundation with the 2nd Annual Hiring Our Heroes
Lee Anderson Award. This award recognizes Comcast and NBCUniversal`s dedication
to addressing the challenges faced by veterans, transitioning service members
and military families in their search for meaningful employment. 

About Comcast Corporation:

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology
company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast
Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to
residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services
to businesses. NBCUniversal operates 30 news and entertainment cable networks,
the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations,
television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts.
Visit for more information. 

About the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit
affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America`s
long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our
economy, and the global business environment.

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Katie Lubenow, 215-286-5691
Dolores Machuca-Ruiz, 212-664-2497
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Bryan Goettel, 202-463-5961

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