The hotel announced the plan, which includes spouses, dependents and caregivers, on Wednesday. Hilton () recently completed a plan it launched in 2013 to hire 10,000 veterans
It hired the most veterans in Florida, Texas and California, which all have large veteran populations, as well as Nevada, South Carolina and Hawaii.
The unemployment rate for vets who have been on active duty since September 2001, a group known as Gulf War-era II, was 5%, while the rate for the overall population stands at 4.5%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have faced challenges trying to re-enter the civilian work force. Their skill sets — like patrolling an Afghan village with an M4 carbine — do not always match the skill sets of the civilian work force, like managing a restaurant or working in an office.