Earlier this month, Southern California military couples were honored with a royal surprise. At a job fair for veterans hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, joined over 1,500 veterans as they connected with 150 employers.
Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles is part of the nationwide campaign launched by the Chamber to aid veterans in finding jobs once they have returned from service. Graced with the presence of a recognizable military officer and his spouse, the event turned out to be a wild success.
The U.S Chamber’s vice-president of Veterans Employment Programs, Kevin Schmiegel remarked:
“Having the world’s most recognizable military officer and spouse, Prince William and Catherine, in attendance helps us to raise awareness of the importance of finding meaningful jobs for veterans and military spouses.
The event lifted spirits for both our returned heroes in LA and veterans’ associations nationwide. Backed by organizations like the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS) and the Employment Development Department of the State of California (and the list goes on …), the event shined a light of hope and opportunity for meaningful work in a city where the percentage of unemployed veterans ranks among the highest in the country.
“Los Angeles ranks among the top 10 cities in America for unemployed veterans, but as we’ve seen in our other fairs across the country, we expect that many of these men and women will leave here with jobs,” Schmiegel said. “The Chamber will continue traveling across the country to create an environment in which thousands of military veterans and their spouses can find meaningful employment in their home states.”
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