The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program and Goodwill Industries have announced a collaborative effort to offer comprehensive vocational services to veterans and military spouses who participate in Hiring Our Heroes job fairs and programs. Goodwill will provide employment workshops and resume reviews to help attendees make the most out of their experience at Hiring Our Heroes job fairs. It will also provide individual career assistance for referred jobseekers and in-kind event space for future job fairs and networking events.
"At Hiring Our Heroes, we understand that sometimes just having someone to sit down one on one with a job-seeking veteran or military spouse can make all the difference," said Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. "Goodwill has always been committed to supporting America's veterans and military families. We are delighted to partner with the organization in equipping today's military men and women with the career counseling and resources they need to drive our country forward."
"Goodwill has helped veterans find jobs and transition from military to civilian life since World War I, and our commitment to providing job training, career and support services to veterans and military families continues to this day," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "Veterans are dedicated and hard-working employees, and we do everything we can to help them find jobs and support their success in the workplace."
The U.S. Chamber Foundation and Goodwill made the announcement at a Hiring Our Heroes job fair in Milwaukee, where Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago was on hand to promote local resources and provide counseling to all veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses in attendance. Several veterans who reached out to Hiring Our Heroes from around the country have already been referred to local Goodwill career counselors for personalized job search assistance.
Veterans face unique challenges in building their careers once they return home, and Goodwill helps them navigate many aspects of their transition, including connecting them with hiring employers, helping them translate their military skills on a resume and getting them the support services they need, such as financial education, housing, meal service, mental health services, transportation and vocational rehabilitation.