LANSING— Sen. John Proos joined dozens of veterans and employers looking to hire new workers at a “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair on Friday at Lake Michigan College’s Grand Upton Hall in Benton Harbor.
“Southwest Michigan veterans have made tremendous sacrifices and put their lives on the line so that we can continue to live in the land of the free,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “We owe them a great debt, and repaying that debt begins with saying thank you. I am here to express my deep appreciation for their service and to hear from our veterans about the issues they’re facing.”
The job fair was part of a national campaign, “Hiring 500,000 Heroes,” which was launched in 2011 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation and Capital One in an effort to encourage businesses to hire 500,000 veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014.
“The Hiring Our Heroes events are an outstanding service that has proven to be effective in matching our unemployed veterans with good jobs,” Proos said. “These are not handouts; they’re opportunities. Michigan veterans have talents and skills that have helped defend liberty in the world. Job fairs like this are chances to help transition those skills into successful careers.”
Proos said that the job fair was made possible due to the efforts of several local, state and federal partners, including the U.S. and Cornerstone chambers of commerce, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Pure Michigan Workforce Development Agency and the American Legion.