FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2013
Contact: Bryan Goettel 202-463-5961
Eversole Named Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Navy Reserve Judge Advocate Commander Eric Eversole has been named executive director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program and vice president at the U.S. Chamber. Eversole will lead the Chamber’s effort to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment.
“Eric is a proven leader whose passion for service will allow Hiring Our Heroes to continue as one of the nation’s preeminent programs helping veterans and military spouses,” said Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the Chamber. “Eric’s experience working alongside the men and women of our armed forces will serve him well in his new mission.”
Prior to joining Hiring Our Heroes, Eversole spent six years as Attorney Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission providing legal advice to the chairman and commissioners on issues involving the sale of electric power. In 2010, he founded the Military Voter Protection Project, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and protecting the voting rights of American service members. Eversole served on active duty with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) from 1998-2001. Immediately after his active duty he joined the reserves and in 2011, Eversole was selected to serve as the Executive Officer for one of the largest Reserve JAG units in the Navy.
“It is an honor to lead what has quickly become one of the most respected employment programs for veterans and military spouses in the country,” said Eversole. “I look forward to working with our many great public, private, and nonprofit partners that have allowed Hiring Our Heroes to be so successful in connecting employers with the most talented men and women our country has to offer.”
Lt. Col. Kevin Schmiegel (ret.), who served as executive director of Hiring Our Heroes since its inception in March 2011, will remain an advisor to the program. Under his leadership, Hiring Our Heroes hosted more than 580 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia resulting in employment for 20,200 veterans and military spouses in more than 1,200 companies. A 20-year Marine veteran, Schmiegel also helped develop several digital resources to better address the systemic employment issues facing veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
“Hiring Our Heroes simply would not be where it is today without the vision, passion, and unwavering commitment that Kevin brought to the table,” said Donohue. “Not only did he build the foundation of the program, he has become one of the nation’s most respected voices on the issue of veteran and military spouse employment. I am thrilled that Kevin will remain closely involved in the program.”
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.
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