David Westcott — October 2013
2013 NADA Chairman
The men and women of the U.S. armed forces, who bravely served and fought for our country, are facing huge hurdles when trying to find employment after leaving the military. There are 800,000 veterans without jobs, and with more than 1 million service members expected to leave the military over the next five years, we are called to help serve those who have served us.
Veterans deserve a fighting chance when they return home. And that starts with finding a job. To join in this effort, the National Automobile Dealers Association has partnered with Hiring Our Heroes to raise awareness of career opportunities available at new-car and -truck dealerships.
Hiring Our Heroes, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a nationwide effort to help veterans and their spouses find jobs in communities across America.
Why hire a military veteran? Veterans possess real-world experience and skill sets that can only enhance our industry. They are team players who have proven leadership skills in the most diverse environments and demanding situations.
To help expand career opportunities for military personnel and their families, we’re encouraging dealers to embrace the Hiring Our Heroes program by attending job fairs, posting dealership job openings on military employment websites and engaging in other media outreach initiatives.
So far, Hiring Our Heroes and its partners have hosted 600 job fairs across the country. These job fairs have provided accessible jobs to 20,200 men and women. And nearly 1,200 businesses have participated in the program to hire veterans and their spouses. To participate in a local job fair and find out dates and locations, visit www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes/events.
NADA encourages you to spread the word about the partnership. Inform your community that you’re a “Proud supporter of Hiring Our Heroes” by branding your website. For examples, visit www.nada.org/heroesbranding.
Post comments on your social media platforms – with a link to NADA’s Hiring Our Heroes campaign at www.nada.org/hiringourheroes – and promote it throughout the year.
We encourage you to become a supporter of Hiring Our Heroes and get involved today.