US Chamber Plans Veterans Job Initiatives

Thursday, 01 Sep 2011 09:58 AM

By Greg McDonald

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning three new initiatives aimed at putting out of work military veterans back on payrolls across the country.
The proposals were previewed Wednesday at the American Legion convention in Minneapolis, where the chamber helped produce a career fair that attracted hundreds of veterans looking for work.

Kevin Schmiegel
, a retired Marine officer who is now vice president of veterans’ employment programs at the chamber, said the official launch of the initiatives is scheduled for Veterans Day, November 11.

He said they would include an advisory council made up of Wal-Mart, FedEx, and 23 more of the nation’s biggest companies.

In addition, Schmiegel said the chamber plans to create a network of smaller businesses focused on hiring veterans, and establish an information technology and mentoring program to help them prepare for the new challenges of the job market.

 “This is about connecting talented veterans and military spouses with jobs that we know exist in the private sector,” Schmiegel told the convention. “We believe that there is an incredible opportunity right now; an incredible moment in time to really make a difference.”

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