TACOMA, Wash. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced that the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber has been honored by Hiring Our Heroes with the Chamber of Valor award. The Chamber was recognized for joining the Hiring Our Heroes mission of finding meaningful employment for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.
Chamber of Valor award recipients submitted applications to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to be considered for the award. Applications were scored by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation staff and honorees were awarded at the one-, two-, and three-star levels. The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is a three-star Chamber of Valor award recipient largely due to the work of the Veteran & Business Service.
“The Veteran & Business Service is a valuable program for our businesses to tap into our wonderful workforce of transitioning vets that our partnership with WorkForce Central allows us to do,” said Tom Pierson, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber President & CEO.
“Many resources are available to assist businesses when they hire transitioning service members,” added Linda Nguyen, WorkForce Central CEO. “Through this partnership, we facilitate the match between the service members and employers, supporting the success of both parties after the match.”
“We would never be able to do the work we do without the tremendous support of local chambers and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce is setting a standard for other chambers to follow,” said Eric Eversole, executive director of Hiring Our Heroes and vice president at the U.S. Chamber. “The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber been instrumental in educating and influencing employers about the great value veterans and military spouses bring to the workforce.”