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FILE - This Jan. 16, 2014, file photo, shows first lady Michelle Obama in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Michelle Obama says a pledge by the construction industry to hire 100,000 veterans by 2019 isnât only the right thing to do, itâs a smart thing for business. Some 100 companies and associations in the construction field are announcing their veteransâ hiring commitments on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at a conference organized by the Labor Department and the initiative Joining Forces. Joining Forces is a nationwide effort launched in 2011 by Mrs. Obama and the vice presidentâs wife to rally the nation around military veterans. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)