Business Leaders Work to Hire Military Vets

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2007 - More than 300 business leaders will visit a southern California military base tomorrow to observe Marine Corps training as part of their support of the military.

The business leaders belong to the Entrepreneurs' Organization, a 20-year-old global group that has more than 6,000 members across 120 chapters in 40 countries. They plan to hire U.S. military veterans through the "Hire A Hero" program, which assists former active-duty, National Guard, and reserve members and their families in finding careers after military service, according to a Hire A Hero official.

"The unemployment rate among young veterans, many of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is twice the national average," Hire A Hero Executive Director Dan Caulfield, said. "With the current environment of the global war on terror, it is essential that we connect with our community's employment base to provide a stable financial environment for those who have served our country."

One of the best ways to support returning veterans is to help them find good jobs after they've completed their military service, Caulfield said. The EO group has contributed almost $50,000 to the Hire A Hero program.

Members of EO Chapters of San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles will participate in the day-long Camp Pendleton event, which will provide members first-hand experiences in a day in the life of a U.S. Marine. The day concludes with Marine Maj. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., commanding general of the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Division, presenting a keynote address.

San Diego EO member Shaun Alger Marines said his organization looks forward to offering civilian job opportunities to transitioning servicemembers through the Hire A Hero program.

(From a Hire A Hero news release.)

Editor's Note: Military families can also avail themselves of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which highlights home front groups across the nation that are providing a variety of services and support to troops and their families. A listing of these groups and information about their efforts is available at

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