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Hiring Our Heroes job fair March 21

CHICAGO – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, and the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs will host Hiring Our Heroes - Chicago from 9 a.m. to noon March 21 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago.

Sponsored by Capital One Financial Corp., Caterpillar and SAP, the job fair brings more than 100 employers with jobs available for veterans and military spouses. More than 50 businesses will be conducting on-the-spot interviews.

Interested jobseekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in jobseekers are allowed, but must provide proof of service.

Since its launch in Chicago in March 2011, Hiring Our Heroes has been able to help nearly 100,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs. More than 14,000 of those hires came directly from more than 430 hiring fairs the program has held nationwide.

An additional 80,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired as a part of Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign announced by the U.S. Chamber, National Chamber Foundation and Capital One, to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 800 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 214,000 heroes toward this goal.

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