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Disney to hire 1,000 veterans

"World of Color," a water show that opened last year, is credited with drawing more people to Disney California Adventure.
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The Walt Disney Co. said it plans to hire 1,000 veterans over the next two years.

The veterans will receive jobs ranging from internships to executive positions at Disney properties from its theme parks to ESPN.

California has one of the nation’s highest concentrations of military veterans and as they reenter civilian life, it can be challenging to find work. Military veterans like Valvincent Reyes welcomed Disney’s decision to seek workers who have served the country.

Reyes, an Army veteran, counsels and assists former soldiers on their transition to civilian life. He said companies can benefit from hiring veterans because of their hard work ethic, initiative and teamwork.

“The service member will do what it takes to get the job done and listen to the chain of commend,” Reyes said. Veterans also know how to work within a team, he added.

“They work as a family to accomplish that mission,” Reyes said.

Disney launched its initiative to hire veterans last year. So far, the company has hired more than 1,300 veterans. Disney did not comment on what specific types of work the veterans were hired for, but said veterans could apply for any open jobs on its website.