Transit Employers Seeking to Hire Vets

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A job fair designed for military veterans and their spouses is set for Thursday in Beech Grove. The Hiring Our Heroes event will feature openings in the rail transit industry and an employment workshop led by General Electric (NYSE: GE) employees. September 15, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsor GE, and Amtrak will host "Hiring Our Heroes - Indianapolis Tracks to Success," a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. Several employers from the transportation industry are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America's biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region. The event will also include a free employment workshop led by veteran employees at GE. The workshop will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques for all military members and their spouses.

Prior to the start of the hiring fair, Amtrak and the city of Beech Grove will dedicate a veterans' flag pole and memorial garden at the Beech Grove facility. The flag pole, flag, gardens, flowers and dedicatory plaque were all designed, built and purchased through the voluntary efforts of Beech Grove's veterans as well as other plant employees. The Indiana Guard Reserve will perform a ceremonial flag raising ceremony and will then lower the flag to half-staff to honor the nation’s fallen veterans.

Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 24,000 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 780 hiring fairs. In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,400 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 460,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 275,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal.

WHO: Jill Shesol, National Manager of Events, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Indianapolis Tracks to Success

WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Workshop begins at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Amtrak Beech Grove Shops

202 Garstang Street

Beech Grove, IN 46107

RSVP: Interested job seekers should pre-register online at www.hiringourheroes.org. Veterans must provide proof of service.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, media should e-mail Kim Morton at kmorton@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5725.

This hiring event is also being supported by the Indiana National Guard Employment Outreach, the Pennsylvania Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U. S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries International, The American Legion, and other local partners.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

Source: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation