Hiring Our Heroes Welcomes BP America to U.S. Chamber’s Veteran & Military Spouse Employment Advisory Councils

January 13, 2015

BP America’s Financial Support to Help Address Veteran and Military Spouse Employment Challenges Nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program today welcomed BP America as the newest member of its Veteran Employment Advisory Council (VEAC) and Military Spouse Employment Advisory Council (MSEAC). By joining the VEAC and MSEAC Chairman’s Circles, BP America is expanding its commitment to support America’s military families by connecting military members and spouses to meaningful job opportunities.

In addition to supporting Hiring Our Heroes established programs, BP America will power the development of an energy-specific industry track on Fast Track, an online career tool which identifies the fastest-growing industries and communities in America. Service members preparing to transition out of the military will soon be able to explore the full-range of jobs available in the oil and gas track as well as the schooling or certifications required for each position. After selecting a track, users will then be able to identify communities with fast-growing energy sectors and apply for open jobs in those areas.

“By joining the VEAC and MSEAC, BP America is taking its commitment to serving military families to the next level,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive director of Hiring Our Heroes. “BP America’s support will allow Hiring Our Heroes to continue hosting free hiring events and sharing valuable resources with veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. We look forward to working together to get these talented men and women hired, particularly in the oil and gas industry.”

“We’re proud to partner with the Hiring Our Heroes program which helps answer the growing need in the U.S. for a disciplined, trained, and deployable work force,” said Ray Dempsey, BP America vice president of external affairs . “As America’s largest energy investor, we are proud to invest in one of America’s greatest resources.”

BP America becomes the newest member of the VEAC and MSEAC, two advisory councils comprised of more than 40 of America’s largest employers across all industries and sectors. The councils are committed to five fundamental principles:

  1. Hiring veterans and military spouses;
  2. Sharing best practices and adopting next practices for veteran and military spouse employment;
  3. Reporting measures such as job opportunities, interviews, and job placements;
  4. Providing mentors to help transitioning service members and military spouses; and with the support of the U.S. Chamber’s vast grassroots network;
  5. Enlisting the commitments of thousands of small businesses to hire veterans and military spouses and increasing the number of military-owned small businesses across America.

Through the support and advisement of both councils, more than 25,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes job fairs and more than 1,700 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 585,000 heroes as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, 369,000 hires have been confirmed.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 830 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and Germany; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

About BP America
Over the past five years, BP has invested nearly $50 billion in the US – more than any other energy company. BP is a leading producer of oil and gas and provides enough energy annually to light nearly the entire country for a year. Employing more than 18,000 people in all 50 states, BP supports around 200,000 additional jobs through all of its business activities. For more information, go to www.bp.com/us