Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP’s defence spokesman has today welcomed a decision by the US owned supermarket chain, Asda, join the RAC and Tesco in signing a corporate covenant and guaranteeing armed forces veterans job interviews within 12 months of being honourably discharged.
Speaking from Brussels, Mike said, “As a veteran myself, I think the decision by Asda, Tesco’s and the RAC to guarantee interviews to former members of the armed force is a giant leap forward in corporations recognising what amazing employees veterans can often be.”
“Veterans bring with them a proven dedication, self discipline, and a massive range of skills that are fully transferable to the private sector. Too many veterans currently struggle to find work and adapt to civilian life once they have left the armed forces, and in extreme cases, this can lead to addiction problems and homelessness.”
“UKIP have already said that we would make it our policy to give veterans with more than 12 years service as job in the police, boarder force or prison service, but the more career options we can offer our veterans on leaving the armed forces, the better. I would like to see many more big companies following this lead.”