Ralph Hernandez is the Military Senior Program Leader at Amazon. Prior to joining the Amazon team, Ralph served in the United States Marine Corps and brings that experience to Amazon’s Veteran and Military spouse initiatives. In May 2016, Amazon pledged to hire 25,000 Veterans and Military spouses over the next five years, and to train 10,000 Veterans and Military spouses in cloud computing through AWS Educate memberships and offering a path to AWS certifications. These jobs will bring the full suite of Amazon benefits — including the same healthcare package and parental leave benefits as our most senior executives. Those in eligible positions will be able to enroll in the Amazon Career Choice Program — an employee benefit that pre-pays 95 percent of tuition for college and industry certification courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. In 2015, Amazon was named as a “Best for Vets” employer.