Veterans make up a large number of the unemployed. But it's a number the Hiring Our Heroes project hopes to change. The national effort is being pushed by NBC News and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support hundreds of job fairs around the country.
The idea is to help find employment for our veterans and a jobs fair to hire heroes is next Tuesday in Lake Charles.
They've served their country and now they hope to come home and have a job so they can support their families and carry on a successful life. But finding a job can be a challenge for returning members of the military and their spouses.
The Hiring Our Heroes effort aims to bring veterans and employers together as R. B Smith with the SWLA Economic Development Alliance explained. " Hiring our heroes is an event sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce, the greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the SWLA Economic Development Alliance. The purpose is to bring employers together with some of our military veterans who are looking for jobs. These veterans have good skills. They have good worth ethics. They are disciplined. They are trained and trainable. They make excellent employees."
Smith said they hope to match people needing jobs with employers. "We have many different segments of the employment community represented. We have the financial group with banks and that sort of employment. We also have construction jobs, industrial commercial contractors. We have jobs in the retail area, the building area. We have a number of different employers from nearly every sector of employment," said Smith.
The career fair is aimed at employers who have at least five jobs available locally. Smith has tips for veterans who plan to attend. "Dress professionally so they can interview right there on site. Bring at least twenty copies of their personal resume and any other documents they would like in the way of letters of reference or honors or awards, educational documents in case the employer would like to see them as well."
More than fifty employers are already registered-- and it's hoped they'll be able to offer good, full time, sustainable jobs that will help veterans make a living for themselves and their families.
The job fair is from 10 am to 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 7th at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.