American Legion, Chamber of Commerce hosts job fair for nation’s veterans, service members


— The American Legion is hosting a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes job fair and employment forum on February 24, 2017, for veterans, servicemembers and their spouses as part of the Legion’s annual Washington Conference.

More than 50 local and national employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. The job fair runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20009.

Interested job seekers should register online at: Veterans must provide proof of service.

The event starts with the employment forum. At 9:30 a.m. an employment workshop for job seekers will cover a variety of topics including resume building, networking and interview tips. From 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a financial literacy workshop for job seekers will cover a variety of topics including how to manage your money, create a budget, track spending, pay down debt and save for the future.

After the workshops, volunteer career coaches will be available to all job seekers who want to develop an elevator pitch, participate in a mock interview and create a more effective resume.

At 11:30 a.m., employers and job seekers are invited for a networking lunch with a panel discussion focusing on veterans employment and recruiting best practices.

Other groups involved in the job fair include the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries International and NBC News.

With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion,, was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 13,000 posts across the nation.