First Lady, Dr. Biden to Appear at Hiring Our Heroes Summit
First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will join Hiring Our Heroes and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in hosting an all-day summit and job fair for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Wednesday.
More than 100 employers have signed up for the Fort Campbell Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum, which will also include remarks from Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, and more than a dozen military leaders and veterans advocates.
Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden are scheduled to open the Hiring Our Heroes job fair Wednesday afternoon in front of more than 1,000 service members and their families. The First and Second Ladies are the co-founders of the White House’s Joining Forces Initiative, which seeks to priovide employment and education resources and other support for service members and their families.
In addition to the job fair, Wednesday’s event will include three panel discussions with military and business leaders. An opening session will feature a broad overview of the effort to support transitioning service members, and there will be panels centering on community support and best practice for hiring veterans.
The summit is supported by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Army, and the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employer Partnership.
Scheduled speakers also include Eric Eversole, the executive director of Hiring Our Heroes; Don Esmond, the co-chair of the Hiring Our Heroes Veteran Employment Advisory Council; and Major General James McConville of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
Registration begins at 6 a.m. at Hangar 3 at the Fort Campbell Welcome Home Center.
Hiring Our Heroes is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Since March 2011, the program has hosted more than 700 job fairs for veterans and military spouses, resulting in the hiring of 23,000 people from 1,500 companies.