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Remembering Veteran's Day 11/9/11

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By XETV Sales

Veterans who left military service in the past decade have an unemployment rate of nearly 12%, well above the national jobless rate. As Veterans Day approaches, many veterans returning from war are in need of jobs, support and services to help them re-enter civilian life.  Their spouses and children are also in need of support, and no one understands that better than, Brigadier General (Ret) Gary Profit, Sr. Dir. of Military Recruiting for Walmart. Brigadier General Profit provides a timely look at the problems facing our war heroes and what each of us can do to help.  He also discusses a new multi-year financial commitment to the veteran community and a national program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation and the US Chamber of Commerce to hold more than 100 HIRE OUR HEROES JOB FAIRS around the country. 

After more than 31 years of U.S. Army service, Brigadier General Profit is leading the charge on formulating a national strategy to help Vets by building programs to attract, recruit, hire, grow, develop and retain the best talent from the military community. He is joined by Ben Taylor, Exec. Dir, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congressional and Public Affairs.

Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber’s Great Lakes Regional Office. To achieve the U.S. Chamber’s public policy goals, Ben cultivates and maintains legislative, political and grasstops resources throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Ben leads the U.S. Chamber’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with Members of Congress through member businesses, associations, and local and state chambers of commerce across the region. 

Before joining the U.S. Chamber in 2008, Ben previously served as a Legislative Assistant in Congressman David Hobson’s (OH-7) Washington, D.C. office. He has also served in various positions in Ohio state government.

Ben graduated magna cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History.  He currently resides in Chicago.