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“Hiring veterans and spouses for your company isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do.” That’s the motto for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes program, which launched in 2011.

“Hiring veterans and spouses for your company isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do.”

When you pledge your support to hire veterans and military spouses through the U.S. Chamber and Capital One's Hiring 500,000 campaign, you’re not only joining a cadre of 1,700 other businesses—you’re also tapping a talent pool of thousands, veterans and spouses alike. Since the initiative began, companies have made 260,000 hires. And there are thousands more qualified candidates in the pipeline, waiting to be connected with employers just like you. The goal: for businesses to commit to hiring 500,000 heroes by the end of 2014.

So take the pledge by clicking here and filling out the brief form. There is no legal or financial commitment, and the number you pledge is kept internal, unless you would like us to socialize the goal for you.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU JOIN?

After you sign up, you'll receive a Web-sticker you can display on your career page. Make sure everyone in your company knows about your commitment to hire—they can be a source of referrals and champion your effort. Your community, customers and suppliers want to know about your commitment, too. Banks, restaurants and stores may consider point-of-purchase displays, and large corporations will want to share their commitment with their vast supplier network.