Across all businesses at Amazon, we employ thousands of veterans and military spouses. Today, on Veterans Day, I want to thank them for their service to this country and for the work they do every day on behalf of Amazon customers.

At Amazon, we're constantly looking for leaders who can invent, think big, have a bias for action, and deliver results on behalf of our customers. These principles look very familiar to veterans like Alton Stewart, Sarah Rhoads, Rob Polston, Will Swearingen and military spouse Tracey Poulliot – and the thousands of other Amazonians who joined us from the Armed Forces (or as the spouse of a service member). And I'm proud of our leaders in the military recruiting space like AWS' Robin Baker, who just received the U.S. Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes Military Leadership Award for her prior work with transitioning service members at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

Earlier this year, as part of the First Lady's Joining Forces initiative, we pledged to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses over the next five years, and to train 10,000 more in cloud computing skills. To meet that goal, we have assembled a dedicated military recruiting team designed to leverage the veteran talent pool and to advocate for veteran hiring across all of Amazon. Beyond our hiring mission, my team is leading initiatives across the military community focused on improving the skills of transitioning service members and engaging the military community. Today I wanted to highlight a few of these activities and thank our Amazon Warrior community for their leadership in them:

  • Old Glory Relay: Amazon participated in Team Red White & Blue’s Old Glory Relay race. Dozens of Amazon employees carried the American flag across the country, helping Team Red White & Blue with their mission of connecting veterans to their community through physical and social activity.
  • Hire Our Heroes Fellowship: Amazon offers a 12-week internship program targeted at veterans who are within a six month window of transitioning out of the military.
  • Cyber Vets Virginia: AWS is collaborating with the Commonwealth of Virginia and other private sector contributors in support of Cyber Vets Virginia, a new initiative to provide veterans with access to cyber security training opportunities and resources to help veterans enter the Virginia cyber security workforce.
  • Hidden Heroes: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation in conjunction with the VA launched a program that supports family members who are playing the role of caregiver to wounded veterans. AWS is supporting their efforts by creating a reference library of Kindle books and donating 75 Kindles devices to conference attendees.
  • Camo2Commerce Cloud Support and Data Center Technician Programs:Amazon works with Camo2Commerce to provide training in cloud computing and resume-building skills for active duty military members.
  • Wounded Warrior Boot Camp: This self-guided program prepares wounded warriors to take and pass the AWS Solutions Architect Certification by partnering them with an AWS mentor.

While Veterans Day serves as one day to honor our military, today and every day we are grateful to the men and women who serve our country in the military, as well as their families.