Since it first launched in 2011, the Hiring Our Heroes campaign, which is operated by the Chamber of Commerce and Capital One, has worked tirelessly to help veterans and their spouses find jobs. In a little under two years, it has certainly been successful, with approximately 85,000 people finding employment in the last seven months, according to Army News Service.
Events such as the one held recently at Nationals Park, which brought veterans and their spouses face to face with 87 employers, have been a large part of the initiative. Kevin Schmiegel is the executive director of the program and says that employers are often eager to hire veterans because they possess unique skills that make them ideal workers.
"We know there are close to 4 million jobs in America that aren't being filled right now because we lack the skilled workforce but we believe the skills that young men and women learn in the military can be repurposed for the private sector and we should direct veterans and military spouses to those jobs because they have unique skill sets," Schmiegel told the news source.
Hiring Our Heroes is indicative of the concerted effort on behalf of the government to help veterans and their loved ones find jobs. Most notably, the White House's Joining Forces initiative, which is led by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, has already succeeded in finding jobs for more than 100,000 vets or their spouses. Additionally, about 2,000 companies have participated in the program.