Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After they’re done serving our country, many veterans find themselves out of work and looking for a job.

A job fair held Thursday at the Lane County Armed Forces Reserve Center in Springfield aimed to connect unemployed veterans and military spouses with prospective employers.

The job fair, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, brought out dozens of job seekers hoping to connect with employers.

Hiring our Heroes launched in March 2011. Since then, more than 210 hiring fairs have been held nationwide.

Organizers say more than 10,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired as a result.

“It can be pretty helpful. A lot of the employers have job opportunities that aren’t in the area, but at least it’s something,” said Reservist Ryan Carroll.

“The employers that were here not only knew that it was a veteran hiring fair, but were absolutely committed to hiring veterans for the positions that they had open,” said U.S. Chamber Regional Associate Phillip Maas.

Nearly 25 employers turned out for the event, all looking to hire veterans.

Organizers say they plan to hold a total of 400 job fairs by the end of this year.

Thursday’s event is also part of Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.

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