Salute: Putting Veterans to Work in Data Centers

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When Lee Kirby returned home in 2010 from a tour in Iraq, the unemployment rate for 25 to 35-year-old veterans returning to the US after a single tour of duty overseas was 25 percent. “I wanted to do something to try to address that,” he said.

“I’ve been in the data center industry for 30 years, so I know that industry, and I knew we’ve got a lot of labor intensive type jobs — entry level jobs — that people go to a variety of sources for,” Kirby said. “It’s not always reliable labor. I thought the combination of both the shortage in our industry and the need for jobs for veterans in general would create an opportunity. It seems like it has.”

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