When it comes to supporting our military, TJX is dedicated to hiring members of the U.S. Armed Forces, veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses. In 2013, TJX joined other U.S. companies on Capitol Hill and pledged to hire at least 3,000 additional active military members, veterans, or their spouses by 2018. We were excited that we met that goal two years early. We are now pleased to report that by the end of 2017 we had hired more than 5,000 people from these populations. In addition to these hiring efforts, we are signatories to the 5-Star Statement of Support created by the federal agency, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).
At our global headquarters, we have STAR (Supporting TJX Armed Forces Relations), an Associate Resource Group whose mission is to provide networking and support for Associates who have a military affiliation, directly or indirectly via a family member. STAR also provides education for TJX managers and Associates about appropriate support for military-affiliated Associates and their families.
We take our commitment to military men and women and their families seriously, and we are proud to recognize and support our service members.