U.S. Chamber Connects Military Heroes and Spouses to Wall Street at New York City Hiring Fair

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:00pm

All-Day Event Brings Together More Than 1,000 Veterans and 100 Companies From Across Public and Private Sectors

NEW YORK, NY—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today joined the Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) consortium of financial institutions to hold a jobs fair at Pier 86 in New York City in conjunction with the VOWS conference onboard the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum. The fair, which brought together more than 100 small and large size companies from across the public and private sectors with immediate job openings, was a one-day event meant to introduce Wall Street financial firms and military support organizations to veteran service members and their spouses as they transition back into the civilian workforce.

“Today's hiring fair signifies a critical step in the Chamber’s commitment to help the one million unemployed veterans nationwide,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (retired), a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the current vice president of Veterans Programs at the U.S. Chamber. “Veterans bring unique leadership and advanced technical skills to the workplace that will make them highly successful both on Wall Street and on Main Street. This is the perfect opportunity to educate employers on the benefits of hiring the men and women who have served our country."

The hiring fair is part of the Chamber’s recent launch of the Hiring Our Heroes initiative. This is a nationwide public-private partnership that will host 100 hiring fairs across the country this year to help veterans and their spouses find employment in their local communities. From New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, the Chamber is leveraging its extensive network of 1,700 state and local chambers and partnering with the Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to connect talented veterans and military spouses with jobs in the private sector. The more than 100 businesses taking part in today’s fair included U.S. and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce members from all industries and the VOWS’ group of founding member banks including Bank of America, Citi, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.

Along with Schmiegel, others taking part in the day’s festivities included Senator Chuck Hagel, a former United States Senator from Nebraska; General Stan McChrystal, former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan; The Honorable Raymond Jefferson, Assistant Secretary for DOL VETS; James G. Rebholz, National Chair, National Committee for ESGR; and Marshall N. Carter, Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Group and Deputy Chairman of the parent company NYSE Euronext.

“From some of the nation’s largest banks to the New York Police and Fire Departments, we had companies here today committed to hiring veterans. 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.”

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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