Release Date: Jun 17, 2011Contact: 888-249-NEWS
U.S. Chamber to Join Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Veterans Hiring Fair in Los Angeles
As Part of the Chamber’s 100-City Initiative to Help Veterans Find Jobs,
1,500 Veterans and Military Spouses Will be Connected with 200 Employers
LOS ANGELES, CA—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be joined by Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at “Hiring our Heroes Los Angeles,” part of the 100-city initiative this year to help veterans and their spouses find jobs. The Chamber’s largest hiring fair will be held at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on July 10 and will connect 1,500 veterans and their spouses with 200 employers from across the state.
“With more than 100,000 unemployed veterans in California, representing 10 percent of the nationwide total, we are making this the biggest of the 100 hiring fairs that we will conduct in all 50 states over the next year,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), vice president of veterans employment programs at the U.S. Chamber, and a 20-year Marine veteran. “We are especially grateful for the participation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Given their own service as a military officer and spouse, they have an appreciation for the challenges military families face on a day-to-day basis. There is no doubt that their involvement in July will help to raise awareness of the need to connect talented veterans and military spouses with employers who require a skilled workforce in local communities across America.”
For “Hiring our Heroes Los Angeles,” the U.S. Chamber and the Los Angeles Area Chambers of Commerce have partnered with ServiceNation: Mission Serve, the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training and Service (DOL VETS), the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Employment Development Department (EDD) of the State of California, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and United Way of Los Angeles.
“Los Angeles ranks among the top ten cities in America for unemployed veterans. By focusing on the issue in California, we can highlight the urgent need to create an environment in which thousands of military veterans and their spouses can find meaningful employment in their home states,” said Schmiegel. “This fair will help our efforts as all parties involved begin to reap the benefits of employing the talented people who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
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