U.S. Chamber Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes Launches Military Spouse Fellowship Program in Fort Carson, Colorado

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:30am

WASHINGTON, DC —The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, announced the launch of the Military Spouse Fellowship Program (MSFP) in Fort Carson, Colorado. 
The program will place 100 military spouses with host companies for a six-week immersive fellowship over the new two years. Fort Carson is the first location of four where Lockheed Martin will fund scholarships. The fellowship program will also be available in Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington D.C., and Orlando. 

“This initiative will put spouses back to work, eliminate gaps in resumes, and allow employers to see first-hand how a military spouse can impact change within a company,” said Eric Eversole, president of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Hiring Our Heroes matches fellowship candidates with participating companies based on the specific skills of the candidate and the preferences of both parties. The professional development and direct connection to local employers offered through the program enables military spouses to build their networks and gain job experience. By hosting a fellow, Fort Carson employers gain access to highly skilled talent with diverse experience.  
“Lockheed Martin is dedicated to championing our active duty service members and veterans, said Patricia L. Lewis, SVP and chief human resources officer for Lockheed Martin. “We’re honored to extend that commitment to the military spouse community through exciting career opportunities as part of the Military Spouse Fellowship Program.”

Fort Carson, Colorado is joining cities nationwide in hosting military spouse fellowships in its community. In 2018, 86% of military spouses who completed the program gained meaningful employment.