Veteran-friendly companies, agencies and organizations are coming to the Charlotte Convention Center on Aug. 26 for a Hiring Our Heroes career fair during the The American Legion's 96th National Convention. Nearly 90 employers will be in attendance from 10:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the venue's Center Ballroom, accepting résumés from attendees and even interviewing them and extending job offers.
Veterans, servicemembers and spouses are invited to register now  for the free event. The fair is designed to connect attendees with employers who are looking specifically for candidates with military backgrounds.
The career fair is sponsored by the Legion and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The national convention is also home to The American Legion's Employment and Empowerment Summit, a two-day free event that offers job skills workshops to veterans, one-on-one résumé writing guidance and opportunities to interact with representatives and hiring officials.
Also free of charge, the Legion's Employment and Empowerment Summit is Aug. 25-26 in the Charlotte Convention Center. The summit will focus specifically on the needs of transitioning servicemembers. Attendees can register  beforehand through Legion.org.
Free breakfast and lunch will be provided at both events. Employers such as Northrop Grumman, Citi, UPS, CSX Corporation, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Office of Personnel Management will participate. A free résumé writing workshop  will be provided to attendees before the career fair on Aug. 26 which will give one-on-one assistance in refining and writing a résumé that will stand out.
Additionally, The American Legion's Veterans Employment & Education Commission will host a Networking Reception & Dinner for veterans, active-duty transitioning servicemembers and their spouses. Representatives from corporations and federal agencies also will attend the event, which is from 5 to 7 p.m. , Aug. 25, in the Westin Charlotte Hotel.
Last year, more than 600 veterans, servicemembers and spouses attended the Hiring Our Heroes career fair at the Legion's 95th National Convention in Houston. More than 400 veterans came away with interviews, and more than 30 were hired on the spot.
Learn more about The American Legion's efforts to help veterans find prosperous careers at www.legion.org/careeers .