Big Jump, Big Turnout at Fort Bragg Jobs Summit

By Kim Morton
August 13, 2014
Hiring Our Heroes

NBC Today Show correspondent Kerry Sanders spent the morning of August 13 jumping out of a perfectly good airplane with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team. Sanders jumped in tandem with active-duty service member Sgt. 1st Class Noah Watts, landing yards away from the Fort Bragg Jobs Summit, an event co-hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program.

The HOH team headed to Fort Bragg, NC—home of the 82nd Airborne—early in the week, where they once again teamed up with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Army, and other national partners to put on the exciting two-day summit. Senior government officials, military leaders, and employers joined more than 1,500 transitioning soldiers, veterans, and military spouses for two days of networking, interviewing, and hopefully numerous job offers.

This was the third in a series of major hiring events meant to spur local veteran and military spouse employment efforts with national resources. In addition to the forums, workshops, and networking opportunities that comprise each summit, the team debuted its brand new online job fair platform, Virtual Job Scout, and interactive employer best practices site, Employer Roadmap.

The event's activities—sponsored by Call of Duty Endowment (CODE)—culminated in a Hiring Our Heroes job fair on Wednesday, August 13th. More than 70 employers attended to meet with service members and spouses beginning their transition out of the military.

This fair marked one of the most important and exciting milestones since the program launched in March 2011. Looking ahead, dozens of summits have been planned across the country to touch thousands more service members from every branch of the military. 

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Watch the video of Kerry Sanders' jump on the "Today" show website.