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VA, U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation Sign Pact to Boost Veteran Employment

June 19, 2012

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Partnering on Detroit Veteran Hiring Fair June 26-28

WASHINGTON – Leaders of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program have signed an agreement pledging “cooperation and collaboration” to help Veterans find civilian jobs.  In that spirit, the two organizations will work together in Detroit during the Veterans Hiring Fair June 26-28. 

“Working with our partners at Hiring Our Heroes, VA can increase awareness among employers of the training, skills and experience that Veterans bring to the workplace,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

The pact commits Hiring Our Heroes to promote VA’s VA for Vets and VetSuccess.Gov hiring initiatives in websites and encourage local chambers of commerce to support Veteran employment programs in their communities.  VA will provide staff and promotion for the Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes employment initiative across the country.

VA is hosting three major events at Detroit’s Cobo Center June 26-29:  The VA for Vets Hiring Fair, the Veteran Open House, and the National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo.   The events are expected to attract thousands of Veterans, business owners and federal employees, with an economic impact estimated at $11 million for the city.

More than 24,000 federal and private-sector job openings across the country will be available at the free Veteran Hiring Fair June 26-28. VA will bring together partners like the First Lady’s “Joining Forces” initiative and Hiring Our Heroes, along with private sector companies, during the fair.  Not only will the fair provide Veterans an opportunity to showcase their skills to potential employers, it will also assist Veterans with resume preparation, interview techniques and career coaching to help Veteran attendees become career ready.  VA hosted a similar event Jan. 18 in Washington, D.C., which attracted over 4,100 Veterans and resulted in over 2,600 on-the-spot interviews and more than 500 tentative job offers.

The Open House gives Veterans and their families the chance to find out about the wide range of financial and health care benefits, services and resources that are available from federal, state and community agencies. Veterans can conveniently enroll in VA care, sign up for MyHealtheVet, and get their questions answered face to face.

The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is the premier government event for Veteran-owned businesses.   Last year’s conference in New Orleans drew almost 5,000 attendees, and more than 6,000 participants are expected this year.  VA will provide Veteran-owned and Service-Disabled Veteran-owned businesses with a wide range of information to help them maximize opportunities in the federal workplace.

Known historically as the world’s capital for the transportation industry, the Detroit metro area is reinventing itself with six booming industries: medical research, defense, entertainment, green tech, urban farming, and aeronautics.  About 330,000 Veterans are served by the city’s VA medical center, and more than 704,000 Veterans live in Michigan.

VA invites all interested persons and businesses to attend.  More information about the small business conference is available at www.nationalveteransconference.com. Information and registration for the hiring fair is available at www.VAforVets.VA.Gov/Detroit.

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