Vets in workforce ramp up as military gears down

From left, Colonel Adam Rocke, Director of the Soldier for Life Program, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army; Teresa Gerton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor; Rosye Cloud, Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Dr. Susan Kelly, Director, Transition to Veterans Program Office, Office of the Secretary of Defense; Eric Eversole, Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of Hiring Our Heroes; and Brigadier General David K. MacEwen, the Adjutant General of the U.S. Army, participate in a panel discussion at the Fort Bragg Veterans Jobs Summit on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Fort Bragg, N.C. The two-day summit is held in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Army. Sponsored by the Call of Duty Endowment, the event is part of a series of collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to connect veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses to meaningful employment opportunities. The event will culminate with a Hiring Our Heroes job fair with more than 1,200 service members, veterans, and military spouses at Fort Bragg on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. (Sara D. Davis/AP Images for U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Companies who want to hire military veterans are zeroing in on the North Carolina Army post that’s one of the largest and busiest military centers in the world.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and dozens of companies are meeting Wednesday at Fort Bragg with more than 1,000 soldiers and spouses getting ready to leave the Army.

It’s part of a two-day event focusing on hiring initiatives to help soon-to-be veterans as the American militaryprojects downsizing with the end of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The national unemployment rate for all veterans over 18 was 6 percent in July, slightly below the 6.2 percent jobless rate for all workers.


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