Omni Hotels & Resorts is doing its part to increase employment for American Veterans thanks to a new partnership with Joining Forces, announcing a plan to expand recruitment of servicemen and women over the next three years.
Joining Forces is an initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give opportunities in the areas of employment, education and wellness to service members and their families who earned the support through their service to the country.
“Omni respects the sacrifices made by service members and their families as the backbone of the armed forces,” said Joy Rothschild, senior vice president, human resources for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “This partnership enables Omni to recruit dedicated, service-minded associates and gives Joining Forces another channel to achieve their mission.”
Joining Forces is dedicated to hiring or training 100,000 veterans and spouses by 2013. Omni has planned expansion in its Dallas-Fort Worth headquarters, as well as planned hotels or additions in Dallas, Amelia Island and Nashville.
Marriott and Starwood also participate in the program.
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that all active U.S. service members, and their dependents, will now be eligible to receive a free annual pass to national parks. This new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass will be available starting tomorrow, just in time for Armed Forces Day.
The new pass grants members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as activated members of the National Guard and Reserves, fee-free entry to over 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands across the U.S. The pass is available at any park or wildlife refuge that currently charges an entry fee, and of course a valid military ID is required. A complete list of sites where the pass is available can be found by clicking here.
The new national park pass grants free entry to its owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at all sites that currently charge a per-vehicle fee. At sites that collect per-person entrance fees, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children 15 and under.
The creation of this new benefit for active military personal comes from the Joining Forces Initiative, which was launched last year by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The purpose of the organization is to rally all sectors of American society to find new ways to support service members and their families, particularly in these challenging times. So far the JFI has helped thousands of veterans to find jobs, worked with schools to improve educational opportunities for military children and connected with the medical community to improve healthcare for military families as well.