By Samantha Joseph
TREASURE COAST - The goal was to hire 100 veterans in 100 days.
But days short of the Nov. 11 deadline, Workforce Solutions has already hired more than twice as many veterans across the Treasure Coast.
"We're actually shooting toward 250," said Debby Coxwell, director of programs at Workforce Solutions.
Local businesses have embraced the program, organizers said, taking advantage of incentives and welcoming the skill sets that former military personnel bring to the workplace.
"We're very pleased," Workforce Solutions spokeswoman Odaly Victorio said. "We're excited that employers have stepped up. The campaign helped to raise awareness that our veteran population brings certain skills to the table and this is giving them an opportunity."
Among those hiring veterans were Papa John's Restaurant, Aegis, AMI Staffing, The Continental Group and Best Buy.
Workforce Solutions, a state-charted agency launched the campaign on Aug. 3 to put 100 veterans to work in as many days in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
The group was responding to widespread unemployment among the region's veterans.
Its "100 Heroes 100 Days" campaign lets it work with local businesses to find qualified ex-military personnel to fill vacant job slots.
The group launched the campaign to put veterans to work by reaching out to businesses in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
It works with qualified ex-military personnel to fill vacant job slots.
Plus, hiring veterans could lead to financial benefits under the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
It's a win-win because employers can receive federal credits of up to $9,600 for every veteran they hire.
Across the region, more than 5,100 veterans are looking for work, according to Workforce Solutions' counts.
"There are many ceremonies and opportunities to thank a veteran on Veterans Day, but I can't imagine a better way to thank them then to give them an opportunity of employment," Richard Stetson, president and CEO of Workforce Solutions said.