BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's network of 1,600 state and local chambers, and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, the goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.
Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 430 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Through Dec. 31, 2012, more than 18,400 veterans and military spouses had obtained jobs.
Organizers are developing online programs to complement the hiring fairs in order to better address the systemic employment issues facing veterans, transitioning servicemembers and military spouses. These include online tools to help translate military service into a strong resume and a jobs portal that allows veterans and transitioning servicemembers to search for employment opportunities in the fastest growing job markets and industries. These online tools will be integrated into the employment workshops that will take place at every fair to enhance the Hiring Our Heroes experience.
Watch the video above as NBC News military analyst Col. Jack Jacobs discusses why these job fairs are so important.
Some upcoming job fairs in Michigan are listed below --
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Ave.
Augusta National Guard Armory
3367 W. Dickman Road
Northwestern Michigan College, The Hagerty Conference Center
715 E. Front St.
Southfield Learning Center
26261 Evergreen Road
Dow Event Center
303 Johnson St.
CVS Regional Learning Center
5901 Connor Road
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