Hiring Our Heroes events are part of a nationwide initiative launched by the U.S. Chamber in March 2011 to increase the hiring of veterans and military spouses. In the first 11 months of the initiative, Hiring Our Heroes hosted more than 100 events in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The Chamber plans 400 events in 2012.
RecruitMilitary and the Chamber expect more than 60 employers, franchisors, educational institutions, and government agencies to reserve exhibitor booths at the expo in Cincinnati. Already signed up are the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Amazon, The Home Depot Logistics and Supply, The Home Depot, The Kroger Company, General Electric, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Veterans Employment Program (NVEP) of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, DeVry University, Grand Canyon University, Pinnacle Entertainment, Total Quality Logistics Inc., Sallie Mae, Boyd Brothers Trucking, United Road, Humana, Reynolds and Reynolds, Nash Finch Company, CinCom, University of Cincinnati, Roadmaster Driving School of Ohio, InSphere Insurance Solutions, Aflac, Verizon Communications, Thomas and King Inc., Coca-Cola Refreshments, Convergys, Elite Welding Academy, WellPoint, Meridian Bioscience Inc., Walgreens Medicare Part B, Kaplan University, Michelman Inc., Intelligrated, Meijer, Cincinnati Police Department, Lincoln College of Technology, David J. Joseph Company, Daymar College, Fidelity Investments, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, UPS Airlines, Parkway Products Inc., American Modern Insurance Group, Western-Southern Life, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, State Farm, Central Fabricators Inc., the Air Force Reserve, Nextage Realty International, Farmers Insurance, Strayer University, and Brown Mackie College.
To maximize the number of employers participating in this event as well as the job opportunities for veterans and military spouses, RecruitMilitary is offering companies that are members of the U.S. Chamber and local chambers a 10% discount on the cost of their exhibition booths. RecruitMilitary will offer further price reductions for small businesses (businesses that have less than 50 employees), and even lower rates for veteran-owned small businesses.
“This is an especially great year to hire veterans – new tax credits for doing so apply throughout the year,” said Larry Slagel, Senior Vice President of Sales at RecruitMilitary and a former captain in the United States Marine Corps. “The credits are available via the Vow to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (www.doleta.gov/
The Vow to Hire Heroes Act also established a new target group of unemployed veterans. This group is similar to a group defined in the Recovery Act of 2009, which has expired. One major difference is that, under the Recovery Act, a veteran had to have left the service within 5 years of the hiring date to qualify. The Vow to Hire Heroes Act imposes no such limit.
RecruitMilitary will produce the expo in Cincinnati in cooperation with The American Legion (http://www.legion.org), an association of veterans who served during times of war. The Legion has 2.4 million members in nearly 14,000 posts throughout the world. Congress chartered the association in 1919. The national commander is Fang A. Wong of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Wong retired from the United States Army as a chief warrant officer in 1989. The Commander of the Department of Ohio is Robert Klostermeier.
RecruitMilitary has scheduled more than 30 additional events for 2012. Those events will take place in Atlanta (June 28, October 25), Baltimore (October 4), Boston (September 6), Charlotte (June 7, November 15), Chicago (October 11), Cincinnati (September 20), Colorado Springs (July 12), Columbus (August 23), Dallas (July 19, November 15), Denver (September 13), Houston (August 9, December 6), Jacksonville (June 14, November 1), Kansas City (October 11), Las Vegas (November 29), Los Angeles (June 21, October 4), Miami (August 23), Minneapolis (August 2), New York (September 13), Oakland (November 29), Philadelphia (July 26, November 1), Phoenix (October 18), Pittsburgh (October 18), Richmond (August 16), Saint Louis (July 12), San Antonio (September 13), San Diego (September 6, December 13), Seattle/Tacoma (June 7, November 8), Shreveport (September 27), Tampa (October 4), Virginia Beach (November 8), and Washington (June 28).
RecruitMilitary has produced Opportunity Expos since 2006. The company also offers subscriptions (search licenses) to its database of more than 500,000 registered candidates, retained hiring services, and advertising space in online and print media. RecruitMilitary distributes more than 36,000 copies of each issue of Search & Employ, a bimonthly print magazine, to over 220 military bases throughout the world, National Guard and reserve units, and job seekers who attend Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expos.
In November 2011, RecruitMilitary received the First Annual Lee Anderson Small Business Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber recognized RecruitMilitary as a specific business that has “gone above and beyond to honor the sacrifices our military families make in their service to our nation.”
In February 2012, RecruitMilitary received the first annual One More Way Award from The Sierra Group Foundation. The foundation established the award to recognize people or companies whose support results in awareness and job opportunities for people with disabilities. The Sierra Group Foundation (http://www.thesierragroup.com/
The U.S. Chamber (http://www.uschamber.com) is the world’s largest business federation, representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. The Chamber’s mission is “to advance human progress through an economic, political, and social system based on individual freedom, incentive, initiative, opportunity, and responsibility.”