SHRM Joins British Royal Couple in Assisting Veterans at Calif. Job Fair

Jun 16, 2011
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SHRM Joins British Royal Couple in Assisting Veterans at Calif. Job Fair
‘Hiring our Heroes’ event to connect 1,500 veterans and spouses with 200 employers

Alexandria, Va. – June 16, 2011 – An advocate for the employment of military veterans, the Society for Human Resource Management is joining Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in supporting a Los Angeles hiring fair for veterans and their spouses.

As part of its broader commitment to the hiring and retaining of veterans in the civilian workplace, SHRM is recruiting employers to participate in the July 10 “Hiring our Heroes Los Angeles” event. About 200 employers and 1,500 military veterans and spouses are expected at the job fair co-hosted by the U.S. and Los Angeles Area Chambers of Commerce.

“A job fair is one important way for HR professionals and employers to connect with military veterans. SHRM is pleased to contribute to an event that can lead to jobs for the men and women who have served our country,” said Interim President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson, who will represent SHRM — the world’s largest HR association — at the event.

“Connecting veterans with employment opportunities in their communities is also very important,” Jackson added. “SHRM members — in communities across the country — are mobilized on this issue.”

The royal couple’s appearance at the hiring fair at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles was announced by ServiceNation: Mission Serve. In addition, the royal newlyweds will join a service project — in partnership with Blue Star Families and the USO — to create 1,000 care packages for military children, as well as attend a special reception for supporters of the cause.

The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry is the princes’ primary charitable vehicle and has as one of its core aims to raise awareness and support for servicemen and women.

The job fair, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is set to make a significant difference in California, where more than 100,000 veterans are seeking jobs. Other organizations working with the chambers and ServiceNation: Mission Serve are the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service; the Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership; Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; Employment Development Department of California; and United Way of Los Angeles.

Employers interested in participating in the job fair should contact Marady Norman at Participating employers should have job opportunities available and will be expected to report the following metrics to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce after the hiring fair: number of applications received; number of veterans and military spouses offered jobs; and, most importantly, the number of veterans and spouses hired by the company.

Media: Press interested in on-site coverage should contact Michael Samonte at Sunshine Sachs at or 323-822-9300.

For details on SHRM’s involvement, contact Kate Kennedy of SHRM Media Relations at 703-535-6260 and or Julie Malveaux at and 703-535-6273.

About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.

About ServiceNation: Mission Serve
Mission Serve (, led by Operation Enduring Freedom-veteran Ross Cohen, is the civilian-military initiative of ServiceNation, a campaign to increase service opportunities and elevate service as a core ideal and problem-solving strategy in our society. Mission Serve connects civilian and military communities through a broad array of service and volunteer partnerships, designed to address the challenges of our nation and our military communities. The initiative’s two strategic goals include engaging civilians, active duty/retired military personnel and military families to meet the many critical needs of our nation and, in particular, the needs of the military community; as well as integrating our nation’s military community into service alongside the civilian community. On Veterans Day 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and Mrs. Alma Powell joined Mission Serve in Washington, D.C., to launch our efforts at The George Washington University, celebrating 36 civilian-military service partnerships. Mission Serve's Founding Chair, Colonel Rob Gordon (US Army Ret.), currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

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