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Small-Business Construction Pro Follows Coalition Plediging 100,000 Veteran Jobs, Invites Others to Join

John R. Clark, small business construction pro from NJ, supports 100 construction businesses pledging 100,000+ new jobs for veterans over the next 5 years by pledging another veteran job in the same timeframe, and appeals to other construction pros to join in the pledging.

Bayville, NJ, February 22, 2014 --( On February 10, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama publicly praised the actions of a coalition of 100 construction companies and associations who came together to pledge more than 100,000 new jobs to veterans over the next five years. Inspired by the initiative and seeking to contribute to the effort, long-time construction pro and founder of the Universal Building Network, John R. Clark of Bayville, New Jersey, announced the next day that he pledges to add another job to those pledged by the coalition. Clark said he wanted to step up to support the initiative. Clark has reached out to his fellow construction pros through social media posts via the Universal Building Network ( on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+, inviting others to join him in making similar veteran job pledges. Said Clark in his appeal, “It takes more than bricks and mortar to lay the foundation for a strong society. Let's show everyone we construction Joes and Janes have what it takes to build a stronger America.” Clark expressed confidence that companies making the pledge will find that the veteran workforce pool is comprised largely of loyal, disciplined, reliable, productive workers who will prove to be an asset to their employers.

Clark said he would love to do more to see the veteran job pledge initiative grow. He plans to track any pledges that come in through his social media accounts, but said that being a small business owner, he does not have the resources available to follow up on the pledges over the next five years, especially if the initiative takes off. Clark added, “Even if there are only 100 pledges and only half of them result in new jobs for veterans, that would be 50 jobs in addition to the 100,000 [pledged by the coalition of 100 construction companies and associations] that will improve the lives of veterans and their families. Even one more job would make it worthwhile.”
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