More than 75 employers expected at veterans job fair in Soldier Field

Robert Bacon of Hobart, left, chats with Merrill Lynch representative Michael H. Gordon at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair for veterans and military personnel Thursday at Portage American Legion Post 260 in 2013. A veterans job fair is planned in Soldier Field next week.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Local veterans in need of work or on the hunt for a new job should march or double time over to the upcoming Veterans Job Fair at Soldier Field.

More than 75 employers from across the Chicago area, including BP and Cargill, will meet and greet with job candidates from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive in Chicago.

Disabled American Veterans, or DAV, and RecruitMilitary are staging the job fair for veterans, Reservists, National Guard members, military spouses and transitioning military.

"DAV RecruitMilitary job fairs maintain a track record of helping veterans and their families find meaningful employment," RecruitMilitary President Peter Gudmundsson said. "Just last year, 52 percent of veteran job seekers expected to secure an interview following a DAV RecruitMilitary job fair. Employers were expected to extend as many as 40,300 interviews and more than 12,560 job offers."

A long list of companies will be recruiting job applicants, including Meijer, The Home Depot, Walgreens, Waste Management, Farmers Insurance, PepsiCo, the American Hospital Association, the Argonne National Laboratory, and the Chicago Transit Authority. BP and Cargill are among the larger participating employers with operations in Northwest Indiana.

RecruitMilitary has held 20 veteran job fairs in Chicago since 2006, drawing 5,363 job seekers. More than 225 job seekers showed up at the last event to meet with 86 employers, including PNC Bank, Fresenius Medical Care North America, and KraftHeinz Company.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.