Hiring Our Heroes

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Hiring Our Heroes, a veteran initiative program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.

Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest had the honor of helping host a Corporate Fellowship Program event in DuPont, Washington for Hiring Our Heroes on April 20.

These types of events give service members the opportunity to interview for corporate management positions. These roles are often a challenge for military leaders to find when they are transitioning out of service. This program helps transitioning members have better success at landing these positions. With a more than 90 percent placement rate at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, it has helped many transitioning service members land corporate management jobs.

Many local organizations partner with Hiring Our Heroes for events. Organizations such as Starbucks, UPS and Nordstrom were involved at the DuPont event as well as Alliance Enterprises and Amazon, who are both BBB Accredited Businesses. Repeat participation from businesses is common because many businesses enjoy working with Hiring Our Heroes. It gives businesses the opportunity for community and business engagement.

For businesses who would like to get involved, visit the Hiring Our Heroes website. Hiring Our Heroes’ Veteran Employment Advisory Council and Corporate Fellowship Program are great opportunities for companies to get engaged with the members transitioning out of service. The fellowship program started in Washington at Joint Base Lewis-McCord under Rob Comer’s lead. It now operates in several locations across the nation.

BBB also wants to remind businesses of our Military Line and Accredited Charities.

Companies such as Hiring Our Heroes and Camo2Commerce are applying to become BBB Accredited Charities. Accredited Charities are a great resource for donors, businesses and others trying to find a charity that will use their funds wisely.  There is no cost to becoming an accredited charity.

BBB Military Line is an outreach program that focuses on educating service members about financial literacy and tools to navigate the marketplace. BBB Northwest is proud to support service members with opportunities such as Hiring Our Heroes.

For more information about Hiring Our Heroes, be sure to check out Western Washington’s Facebook Live interview at the DuPont event with Marketplace Manager Aly Schmidt, and Hiring Our Heroes Representatives, Rob Comer and Rob White.