Hiring Our Heroes: Career Fair Town Hall

ABC7 joined with Hiring Our Heroes and Disney Veterans Institute for a virtual career fair town hall Thursday at 1 p.m.

Our experts answered questions live about how to help veterans transition into a civilian career. Video of the town hall is available above, as well as on our ABC7LA app on Roku, FireTV, Apple TV and Android TV.

Click here to register for a Hiring our Heroes virtual hospitality and tourism career fair on Sept. 15 where military community job seekers from around the globe will meet, network, and interview with hospitality and tourism industry employers in an interactive virtual hiring event.

Resources for veterans and service personnel transitioning to civilian life



Disney Careers/Heroes Work Here: Learning & development opportunities and other veterans resources

Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Department of Labor: Every year, approximately 200,000 men and women leave U.S. military service and return to life as civilians, a process known as the military to civilian transition. The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure service members, and their spouses, are prepared for the next step in civilian life.

Veterans' Employment and Training Service: We prepare America's veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses for meaningful careers.

DAV: Military members separating from active duty should talk to a Transition Service Officer.Find your nearest Transition Service Officer at this url.

Registered Apprenticeship Program: To learn more about the benefits of developing a Registered Apprenticeship or how to formally register your program, visit our Registered Apprenticeship Program page or use our Partner Finder to contact your nearest apprenticeship consultant.

Wounded Warrior Project: Every warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because we believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation: We navigate a maze of more than 46,000 nonprofits to find, fund, and shape innovative programs in communities where our veterans, their families, and caregivers live and work. BWF leverages partnerships with leading nonprofits, corporations, the military and the government to meet the emerging and long-term needs of today's veterans and their families.

Military Community and Family Policy: Military Community and Family Policy is directly responsible for establishing quality-of-life policies and programs that help our guardians of country, their families, and survivors be well and mission ready. Military OneSource is the gateway to MC&FP programs and services that support the everyday needs of the 5.2 million service members and immediate family members of the military community.

Joining Forces: Joining Forces is a White House initiative to support military families, which includes: families of service members and veterans, caregivers and survivors. Our work is driven by their experiences.

Soldier For Life : Soldier For Life engages and connects the U.S. Army with organizations to support Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families to create opportunities. Once you earn the title Soldier, you are a Soldier for Life.

Goodwill - Resources for Veterans and Military Families : We know the transition from military service to civilian work can be challenging. Fortunately, Goodwill has a long history of helping veterans and their families obtain training to join the civilian workforce. Goodwill's Operation: GoodJobs program, funded through the Walmart Foundation, is dedicated to empowering military veterans to find employment, advance in their careers, and achieve long-term financial stability.

Veterans Chamber of Commerce: The Veterans Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide all military veterans the support, resources and education that will further develop their business and personal lives. In February 2019, the Veterans Chamber of Commerce was established after a group of veterans, who were also business owners, decided to make an impact in the veteran community. They saw that veterans, veteran business owners and their families needed a place to find tools, ideas, resources and community for their personal and business needs.

Military Veterans Affairs County of Los Angeles: Military Veterans Affairs County of Los Angeles provides all military veterans the support, resources, housing, employment, healthcare and education services. Also provide the Veterans Crisis Line, 1-800-273-8255, press 1.

US Vets: The successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support.

Additional resources for military spouses and families



Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP): The Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO): Ensures military spouses have 24-7 access to online education and career information, resources, tools and assessments. Using the tools and assessments, spouses can begin to explore their interests, skills, passions and personality type to determine the best fit for education and career choices. Provides information, guidance, and support with education, career, and life decisions including working with one-on-one with a professional career coach.

National Military Family Association: The National Military Family Association Volunteer Corps is made up of service members, spouses, parents, retirees, survivors, veterans and concerned citizens who want to support serving military family members. Transferring Occupational Licenses and Certifications: Information from the U.S.Department of Defense about some of the most popular occupations that require a license or certification.

Careers with High Portability: Information from the U.S. Department of Defense to help military spouses find fulfilling work, build on your skills and experience and supplement the family income in spite of frequent moves, use this information to help you make informed career choices.

USA Jobs: Guidance on hiring spouses and spouse preference.

Go for Broke National Education Center: Go For Broke National Education Center (GFBNEC) educates the public on the valor of Japanese American veterans of World War II and their contributions to our nation. Our goal is to inspire new generations to embody the Japanese American veterans' core values of courage, sacrifice, equality, humility and patriotism. Founded in 1989, GFBNEC maintains the Go For Broke Monument and the interactive "GFBNEC's Defining Courage Exhibition" in downtown Los Angeles, as well as extensive oral histories and archives, education and training programs, and other initiatives.

Volunteers of America Los Angeles: Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. They provide recovery programs for women, services for female veterans and supportive services for young women.

Operation Gratitude: Operation Gratitude is one of the largest and most impactful nonprofits in the country for hands-on volunteerism in support of military, veterans, and first responders, offering volunteer opportunities for every American to express their appreciation to all who serve and protect our nation.

National Veterans Foundation:The National Veterans Foundation's Mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through:
- Management and operation of the nation's only toll-free, vet-to-vet helpline for all Veterans and their families.
- Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America's Veterans.
- Outreach services that provide Veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.

The American Legion: The American Legion's mission statement, as adopted by the National Executive Committee in October 2020, is: To enhance the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and our communities by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Disabled American Veterans: We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America's injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
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