Hilton announces plan to hire 20,000 veterans and family members by 2020

Hilton Hotels & Resorts announced this week that they plan to hire 20,000 veterans, including spouses, dependents and caregivers, by 2020.

The international hotel company, which is based in Virginia, recently completed its 2013 goal of hiring 10,000 veterans, according to CNN Money. Florida, Texas and California saw the bulk of hires, in addition to many hires in Nevada, South Carolina and Hawaii.

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans stand half a percent above the national unemployment rate of 4.5 percent, with 5 percent jobless, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While many veterans have struggled to translate their military skill sets to the civilian world, Hilton has created a coding system that matches Hilton jobs with the Military Occupational Specialties codes, or MOS, that each member of the armed services receives.

“That gets the ball rolling helping them to figure out the comparable job set to the skills that they have,” Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer at Hilton, told CNN Money.

With a work force of over 300,000, Hilton also has provided 1,700 free hotel stays to 1,100 veterans.

Starbucks also recently announced a plan to hire 25,000 veterans or their spouses by 2025.