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ROANOKE, Va. — Kroger is extending its commitment to hiring military veterans.

Kroger has joined several other major companies in the 100,000 Jobs Mission with a goal of collectively hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by2020. Veterans seeking employment should visit www.honoringourheroes.com to learn more and find links to apply for a job.

Throughout the Kroger family of companies, more than 17,000 veterans have joined Kroger since 2009.

“Today, hundreds of Kroger associates serve in the armed forces, either as members of reserve units or on active duty status, and thousands are military veterans,” said David Dillon, Kroger’s chairman and chief executive officer. “With more veterans coming home, we are continuing this proud tradition through a renewed commitment to recruit our nation’s military and veterans.”

Examples of Kroger’s commitment to the military and their families include:

• Hiring 17,398 veterans since 2009;

• Attending 15 Recruit Military veterans career fairs this year and plans to attend 16 in 2013;

• Raising more than $5 million to help the USO lift the spirits of our service members around the world;

• Making it easy to support the troops online. By visiting

www.honoringourheroes.com, customers can volunteer with the USO,

make a donation or write a note to a service member. They also can learn more about the USO and Kroger employees who serve in the armed forces;

• Kroger associates have formed the Kroger Veterans Associate Resource Group, an affinity group that helps fellow veterans connect in the workplace through education, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Kroger operates 122 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio from its headquarters in Roanoke.

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