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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Join U.S. Chamber’s Efforts to Connect Veterans, Spouses with Employers

Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 8:00pm

L.A. Job Fair Connects 1,500 of America’s Heroes with More Than 150 Employers

Will and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, greet U.S. military veterans at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES, CA— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was joined today by Their Royal Highnesses Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, at a jobs fair in Los Angeles that connected 1,500 veterans and their spouses with more than 150 employers from across the state. Hiring our Heroes Los Angeles is part of the 100-city initiative that the Chamber launched this year to help veterans and military spouses find jobs.

“Of our 100 hiring fairs across the country, this is the biggest and the best—not only in terms of the number of veterans and military spouses who attended, but also in terms of impact,” said Kevin Schmiegel, the U.S. Chamber’s vice president of Veterans Employment Programs. “Having the world’s most recognizable military officer and spouse, Prince William and Catherine, in attendance helps us to raise awareness of the importance of finding meaningful jobs for veterans and military spouses. Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles will change the lives of hundreds of men and women in the state of California who have sacrificed so much for our country and our freedoms.”

For Hiring our Heroes Los Angeles, the U.S. Chamber and the Los Angeles Area Chambers of Commerce 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. Additionally veterans services organizations like Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Student Veterans of America, and the American Legion got the word out to hundreds of veterans to ensure they had opportunities to connect with employers who had jobs in Los Angeles.

As part of its Making a Difference on the Homefront initiative, NBC News, NBC4 L.A., and Telemundo 52 also partnered with the U.S. Chamber and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce on this important hiring event. Launched last month, the Making a Difference on the Homefront series, an extension of the “Nightly News with Brian Williams” award-winning franchise, dedicated an entire year’s worth of programming to veterans, military families, and the issues affecting them.

In Los Angeles, NBC4 L.A. and Telemundo 52 will feature programming that sheds light on the challenges facing local veterans and military spouses, as well as stories designed to encourage participation. In conjunction with the Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes effort, NBC affiliates across the country will support more than 100 job fairs designed to help veterans and military spouses find employment opportunities in their local communities.

“Los Angeles ranks among the top 10 cities in America for unemployed veterans, but as we’ve seen in our other fairs across the country, we expect that many of these men and women will leave here with jobs,” said Schmiegel. “The Chamber will continue traveling across the country to create an environment in which thousands of military veterans and their spouses can find meaningful employment in their home states.”

For more information regarding the U.S. Chamber's Hiring our Heroes initiative, please visit: http://www.uschamber.com/veterans.

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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