WASHINGTON (AP) — Assuring military veterans that "America has your back," first lady Michelle Obama announced commitments from companies Thursday to hire 100,000 veterans and military spouses by 2014.

"That's 100,000 veterans and spouses who will have the security of a paycheck and good career," Mrs. Obama said in a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "That's thousands of families that can rest just a little bit easier every night."

The first lady and the vice president's wife, Jill Biden, launched their Joining Forces initiative in April to try to motivate citizens, businesses, nonprofits and community groups to do more to support military families.

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