Hampton Roads veterans listen up: There’s a ‘Hire Vets’ event coming up. Here are the details

The Virginia Chamber Foundation, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic are launching a new joint initiative: Hire Vets Now Fellowship Program.

The Hire Vets Now Fellowship Program is an NRMA approved SkillBridge program that will allow transitioning military within their last six months of service, with proper command approval, to fellow or intern with approved Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified companies.

Beginning in September, the Hire Vets Now Networking events on Naval Station Norfolk will connect Fellowship employers and transitioning military with the business community prior to their leaving military service.

Transitioning service members will gain valuable private sector experience while Fellowship employers will have an opportunity to recruit highly skilled veteran talent.

The program will launch at the Hire Vets Now networking and hiring event on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Vista Point Conference Center on Naval Station Norfolk.

Additional events are scheduled for Naval Station Norfolk on Nov. 15 and throughout next year.

The Hire Vets Now networking events are open to all transitioning military members, veterans and their spouses.

There will be no charge to attend but pre-registration is requested.

For details, interested service members and veterans can visit here, or here, or email or call Rose Dare at r.dare@vachamber.com (804-237-1451).

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.