The Veterans Working Group supports veteran-friendly employers who implement best practices in veteran recruitment, hiring, and retention.

Veterans returning to Illinois bring tremendous strengths and skills to potential employers, but some face significant challenges in moving from military to civilian employment. As the region’s largest employers, no one is better positioned than Commercial Club members to recruit new employees from this pool of talented and dedicated men and women.

In the summer of 2013, more than fifty companies with strong commitments to veteran employment, including many Commercial Club member organizations, came together to form the Veterans Working Group under the leadership of Chair David Hiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

The Veterans Working Group’s mission is to work with Commercial Club members to help them become veteran-friendly employers who implement best practices in veteran recruitment, hiring, and retention. We pursue our mission through the efforts of our Veterans Working Group members and by providing numerous resources to employers across the state who are looking to implement and enhance their veteran employment practices. We have continued to meet regularly since our founding.

The Veterans Working Group has also established its first Key Benchmark for employers seeking to have exemplary practices.

Key Benchmark #1: Join the Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium (IHHC) and adopt the IHHC best practices for recruiting, human resource training, and veteran retention.

Past Veterans Working Group Meetings

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

"Best Practices in Veterans Employment: Lessons Learned"

Thursday, January 13, 2022

"Fulfilling America's Promise: Employing Afghan Allies"

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

"Veterans at Work: A Recruiting Playbook"

Wednesday, July 9, 2021

"A Discussion with Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Terry Prince: His Vision for Illinois Veterans and Business Partnerships"

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Hiring Veterans During the Pandemic: Member Discussion about Challenges, Best Practices, and Ideas

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Vets in Tech

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Challenges to Veteran Employment During Crisis

Monday, September 30, 2019

The Whole Veteran: A Health and Wellness Perspective for Employers

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Veteran Mentoring Programs

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Employer Recognition Programs with regard to Veteran Hiring

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Military Spouse Employment

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Facilitating the Transition to the Civilian Workforce

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Supplier Diversity and Veteran-Owned Businesses

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Using VERGs and Performance Measures to Support Retention

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Employer Partnerships with Community Resources

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Supporting Veteran Retention

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transition Program Leaders

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tracking Veteran Employment: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Women Veterans: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium and Illinois Joining Forces

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mentorships and Internships

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Supporting Employment Pipelines for Student Veterans

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Member Case Studies

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Best Practices for Tracking Veterans and Veteran Hiring Fairs

Monday, October 14, 2013

Veterans with Disabilities

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Finding Veterans, Military-to-Civilian Skills Translation, and Establishing Peer Support/Advisory Groups

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Business Case for Hiring and Retaining Veterans and a Discussion of the Challenges

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