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President Bush, National Employers, Military Support Organizations to Join Forces at Fort Carson Military Community Transition Summit

September 9, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — President George W. Bush will address hundreds of service members, veterans, military spouses, and employers at the Fort Carson Transition Summit, a two-day event focused on preparing military service members and their families for the transition to civilian careers. Held in partnership with the George W. Bush Institute, USO Transition 360 Alliance and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes,  the summit is scheduled for Sept. 13 and 14, and is a collaborative effort to connect members of the military community to meaningful employment opportunities before they transition out of the armed forces. Senior leaders from the private and public sectors will also attend the summit to learn and share best practices in hiring veterans and military spouses.

The first day of the summit will feature a myriad of workshops for job seekers, ranging from entrepreneurship options to resume writing. Industry briefs will introduce career options in industries from agriculture to hospitality, and local employers will have the opportunity to hear best practices in veteran recruitment and retention from a number of national employers.

President Bush will offer remarks on the summit’s second day, followed by a panel discussion for job seekers and a hiring fair for service members, veterans and military spouses featuring more than 100 local and national employers.

This summit is sponsored by CarMax, Lockheed Martin, MAXIMUS, Toyota, and USAA. The event features participation by and speakers from Fort Carson, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, Soldier for Life, the U.S.

Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the George W. Bush Institute, the USO Transition 360 Alliance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, and local chambers of commerce.

Credential media interested in covering this event are encouraged to attend, but must follow all Fort Carson Public Affairs Office protocols. Interested media must RSVP for the event by calling the Fort Carson Public Affairs Office at (719) 526-4143/7525 by noon Tuesday. For more information on Hiring Our Heroes, contact Brooke Prouty at bprouty@uschamber.com. For more information on the USO, contact Amanda Fletcher at afletcher@uso.org.

Schedule: Tuesday Sept. 13, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.    Workshops and Industry Briefs for Job Seekers
4 - 5:30 p.m.               Veteran Employment Panels for Employers
5:30 - 7 p.m.               Networking Reception for Employers, Senior Leaders, and Job Seekers

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 -.m.        Keynote Remarks & Employment Panels for Job Seekers
1 - 4 p.m.                   Hiring Fair

Location: Fort Carson, CO 80913

About the Bush Institute and the Military Service Initiative:

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through research, policy development, programs, and Presidential recognition, the Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative informs, influences, and unites communities, non-profit organizations, businesses, academia, and philanthropy to maximize the health and well-being of post-9/11 veterans and military families, setting the conditions for a successful transition and their continued leadership as civilians.

About the USO

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, the BNSF Railway Foundation, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL and Four-Star Partners: Advisors Excel, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Starbucks, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,000 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.