May 3, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces "Hire Our Heroes" Career Fair at Binghamton Armory to Connect Veterans With Jobs

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York National Guard and the New York State Department of Labor will join with federal agencies, the American Legion, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in hosting a Hire our Heroes job fair on Wednesday, May 8 at the Binghamton Armory.


The Binghamton event is one of hundreds being held across the country co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other entities. Similar events in New York have already been held at armories in New York City, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.


The event begins at 1 p.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the New York State Armory at 85 West End Avenue.


The fair is designed to allow National Guard Soldiers and Airmen, military Reserve members, Active Duty service members, veterans and military spouses to submit applications to prospective employers and also learn how to use job-hunting tools.


"By hosting these job fairs, New York is helping ensure that our heroes, both active duty and veterans, have an opportunity to find good jobs," Governor Cuomo said. "Our service men and women have sacrificed so much for our state and nation, and it is only appropriate that we do everything we can to help them find employment in our state's economy."


"Our Guard Soldiers and Airmen, reserve military members, and active duty veterans are valuable employees for any business," said Major General Patrick Murphy, the Adjutant General of New York. They are educated, disciplined, and dedicated. The skills and work habits they have acquired serving our country add value to the civilian workplace as well."


The event on May 8 is also co-sponsored by the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


The New York State Department of Labor works actively with the New York National Guard to help Guard members and veterans find jobs. NYS DOL representatives are present at all New York National Guard homecoming reintegration events to help Soldiers returning from a combat zone locate employment.


NYS DOL employment specialists also help veterans take advantage of federal job training programs and other services.


According to U.S. Census figures more than 16,000 veterans live in Broome County. New York is also home to almost a million veterans of all ages.


The unemployment rate for veterans was about seven percent overall at the end of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the rate for veterans who have served in the active military since September 11, 2001, stood at 13.2 percent. The unemployment rate for veterans who served in the National Guard and Reserve was 7.2 percent, according to the bureau.The Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop consists of a classroom session beginning one hour prior to the hiring fair followed by human resources professionals conducting one-on-one mentoring sessions with all pre-registered participants. Mentoring sessions focus on resume building, resume writing, and interviewing techniques for all job-seeking veteran and service member participants.


During the event in New York City, 108 employers conducted 710 interviews with job seekers and made offers to 90 of those veterans at the event.


So far the national Hire our Heroes effort has resulted in more than 100,000 veterans, Guard members, Reservists and military spouses finding jobs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The goal of the campaign is to find jobs for 500,000 veterans, Guard Soldiers and Airmen, reservists and military spouses.


To help Citizen Soldiers and Airmen hook up with employers who want to hire military veterans, the New York National Guard has created the New York National Guard Job Zone program. Retired military members help Guard Soldiers and Airmen understand how their military skills apply in the civilian workplace and also help employers understand what military veterans bring to the marketplace.


The Job Zone webpage alerts Guard members to potential jobs and also provides links to websites they can use to help them explain their military acquired skills and experience to civilian employers.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Retired Army Command Sergeants Major John Willsey and Robert Van Pelt are available to speak with reporters about the Hire our Heroes Job Fair effort as well as the New York National Guard's work to get Guardsmen hired. Contact the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs Public Affairs Office to speak with one of these experts prior to the event on May 8.


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