Helping Veterans Make the Career Transition

Despite some recent improvement, unemployment rates for veterans — especially those who served post-9/11 — remain much higher than the national average.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. It was developed to help veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses obtain meaningful employment. The program will be hosting a hiring fair at the Amtrak Beech Grove Shops on September 18.

The event is free for both employers and job seekers and will focus on careers in the rail transportation industry. The job fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an employment workshop will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sessions at the workshop will include resume building and writing, as well as interviewing techniques.

The Indiana Chamber’s 24th Annual Awards Dinner in November 2013 featured a salute to the military and veterans theme. In May, the Chamber conducted a Policy Issue Conference Call focused on employment for veterans and military spouses.

Putting Veterans to Work for Your Company

Hiring Our Heroes job fairs, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, continue to make a difference in local communities. The mission is to help veterans and spouses earn meaningful private sector employment.

There are two upcoming events in Indiana:

In addition, the Chamber’s May 2 Policy Issue Conference Call will focus on the same topic with national and state guests discussing this important topic and providing practical guidance for employers. All Indiana Chamber members are eligible to participate.

Much More Than a Typical Job Fair

A few years ago (OK, maybe more than just a few) I had the opportunity to attend quite a number of state conventions of the American Legion. My father, who served his country in World War II, has been a strong and active member of that outstanding organization in the nearly 70 years since.

Indianapolis is home to the American Legion headquarters and it is hosting its national convention in its home city later this month. In conjunction, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be bringing its Hiring Our Heroes program to the convention in what might be the ultimate perfect partnership.

The official name is the Hiring Our Heroes/Heroes to Hometowns’ Transition & Benefits Job Fair. It takes place at the Indiana Convention Center on August 25. The goal is to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment in the private sector.

The program, launched in March 2011, is making a difference (220 hiring fairs already with plans for 400 more, resulting in 10,000-plus jobs). But the needs are great: Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans under the age of 25 is at 29%; it’s 26% for military spouses.

There is no charge for employers or job seekers at the August 25 event. Register and learn more.