Hiring Our Heroes Makes A Lasting Impact

Nov 1, 2012

In March 2011, the U.S. Chamber’s National Chamber Foundation launched Hiring Our Heroes, an initiative that connects hiring employers with job-seeking veterans and military spouses. The public, private, and nonprofit sectors have enthusiastically embraced the program and have fueled its enormous success. As of October 1, 2012, Hiring our Heroes had hosted 300 hiring fairs in 49 states (it will reach all 50 by year-end). And from the first 200 fairs, more than 10,400 veterans and their spouses landed jobs. Below are photos of a few of the program’s highlights. To learn more, go to www.hiringourheroes.org.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge participate in a Hiring Our Heroes jobs fair in Los Angeles. Photo: Ian Wagreich

A partnership with Panther Racing and driver J.R. Hildebrand is among the ways that Hiring Our Heroes has gained widespread exposure. Photo: Courtesy Katie List/Panther Racing

The legendary rock bands KISS and Mötley Crüe present a $250,000 donation to Hiring Our Heroes during a show in Virginia exclusively for veterans and their families. Photo: Courtesy Keith Leroux for Live Nation

Hiring Our Heroes Executive Director Kevin Schmiegel (right) talks about the program on the Today Show. Photo: Courtesy Peter Kramer/©NBC

A Hiring Our Heroes jobs fair in New York City attracted 1,700 job seekers and 100 employers.  Photo: Ian Wagreich

A military band performs on the deck of the USS Intrepid, site of a Hiring Our Heroes jobs fair in New York City. Photo: Ian Wagreich

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a U.S. Marine veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan, is a strong supporter of Hiring Our Heroes. Photo David Bohrer/©U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Former President Bill Clinton touts Hiring Our Heroes and its executive director, Kevin Schmiegel (fourth from left), during the Clinton Global Initiative. Photo: Courtesy Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative CGI America 2012 Girls and Women in America

Actress Minka Kelly, with Hiring Our Heroes Executive Director Kevin Schmiegel, showed her support for the program at an event in Los Angeles. Photo: Bryan Goettel


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