For military personnel making the transition into civilian life, many will be choosing to go into careers in Agriculture. Cathy Isom tells us about the USDA program that helps military veterans transition to civilian life and find rewarding careers. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
by JACK NORTON, Senior Manager, Communications, Hiring Our Heroes
When Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) began in March of 2011, the employment outlook for military families was exceptionally bleak. The country’s economy was on shaky ground, and the veteran population in some demographics had an unemployment rate of more than 20 percent.
HOH set forth on a mission — make meaningful connections and help secure employment for any transitioning service member, military veteran, and military spouse seeking a job. To accomplish that mission, HOH utilized relatively simple tactics to great effect.
Capitalizing on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s connections with thousands of state and local chambers as well as engaging our partners in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, the organization held hundreds of hiring events each year in cities across the country – connecting military job seekers with employers who were looking for the talents they possessed.
The effort was, and still is, multi-faceted. Not only did our team focus on preparing military families for a complex employment landscape, HOH placed a huge emphasis on educating employers on what exactly it is that veterans and military spouses bring to the table for a company’s bottom line.
For more information, go to U.S. Chamber Foundation.org/hiring our heroes.