Military Bowl, U.S. Chamber and Washington Nationals to host Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation and the Washington Nationals, along with lead sponsors Capital One and the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Washington, D.C.,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. U.S. Chamber President & CEO Tom Donohue and Nationals Vice President & Managing Director for Communications Lara Potter will be among those welcoming the fair’s attendees. Also, in a rare public appearance together, the nation’s top military spouses, including all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders will attend as part of their annual conference.

More than 75 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to small companies from across the region. There will also be a series of career-building presentations for attending military spouses through the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Business Alliance. This event will supplement the Nationals’ extensive military outreach, which in 2012 included visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and various gameday patriotic programs such as the In-Game Military Salute and the “Me and a Friend” initiative.

Since its launch in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has held more than 370 hiring fairs nationwide, helping 14,100 veterans and military spouses find employment. This fair is also part of Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation, and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

WHO:  Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel (Ret.), Executive Director, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and 20-year Marine veteran
Laura Dempsey, Director, Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Program, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and active-duty military spouse
Lara Potter, Vice President & Managing Director of Communications, Washington Nationals
Steve Beck, President & Executive Director, Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Curtis Coy,
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 5, 2012
10 a.m. — 1 p.m. EST

WHERE: Nationals Park
Stars & Stripes Club
1500 South Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C., 20003

RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide military ID).

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, e-mail or call 202-463-5961.

This hiring event is being conducted in partnership with the Washington Nationals Baseball Club, Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, Military Spouse Employment Partnership, the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U. S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Legion, and other local partners.

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