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Army veterans talk to employers at the July 30 Hiring Our Heroes event in Arlington.

Top Honor for Local and State Chambers that Demonstrate Leadership in Connecting Companies with Talented Veteran and Military Spouse Candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced today that the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has been honored by Hiring Our Heroes with the three-star Chamber of Valor award. The Chamber of Valor award acknowledges the contributions of local chambers, industry associations, and business development organizations that join the Hiring Our Heroes mission of finding meaningful employment for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

“When it comes to supporting not just veterans and military families, but the local businesses hiring them, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce is setting a standard for others to follow,” said Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “The Fort Worth Chamber has critically engaged and educated its membership on hiring talented veterans and military spouses throughout the state, and their community is stronger for it.”

Eligible chambers and business organizations may apply for the Chamber of Valor designation or be selected based upon previous accomplishments. Honorees then receive a one-star, two-star, or three-star level designation. The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce is a three-star Chamber of Valor award recipient noted for routinely organizing, promoting, and assisting with recruiting events targeted towards veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

“As one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the United States, it’s critical that every talent resource is leveraged to support our escalating workforce needs,” said Bill Thornton, president and chief executive officer of the Fort Worth Chamber. “With a legacy of defense industry manufacturing and pride in our Joint Reserve Base, this community is eager to help veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life, and the Chamber is privileged to be a partner in the opportunities provided by Hiring Our Heroes.”

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Former Secretary of the Army Pete Geren, Chamber CEO Bill Thornton and Workforce Development Manager Betty Harvey accept the Chamber of Valor Award at Globe Life Ballpark.

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with a 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.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

View pictures from the event here.