Military Service Members, Veterans and Their Spouses Explore Job Opportunities at the Second Annual Hospitality Career Connection

Exclusive Virtual Career Fair Co-hosted by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Veterans of Foreign Wars – Set for June 21, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. EST

| Source: National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC, June 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) are teaming up to help military service members, veterans and their spouses explore career opportunities and apply for openings at some of the restaurant and hospitality industry’s top companies.

The Hospitality Career Connection virtual career fair takes place June 21, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST, and includes businesses such as BJ’s Restaurants, Ecolab, Sodexo and Sysco.  Participants are strongly encouraged to preregister for the Hospitality Career Connection and upload their resume by visiting  Registration is also permitted just prior and during the event.

The Hospitality Career Connection will align candidates with a wide array of positions ranging from culinary arts and foodservice to restaurant management, construction and environmental services.  More than 500 veterans, members of the military and spouses participated in last year’s virtual career fair.  More than 250,000 servicemen and women will separate from active duty each year for the next five years and the restaurant and foodservice industry is expected to create more than 800,000 new jobs in the next five years.

“The VFW is thrilled to be teaming up with the NRAEF again,” said VFW National Commander Brian Duffy, Air Force veteran and retired UPS assistant chief pilot. “Coordinating large-scale hiring initiatives like our June 21 event help to ensure our service members, veterans and their spouses have every opportunity available to help them find the post-military career success they deserve.”

“We have a decades-long tradition of supporting our U.S. Military veterans and active duty service men and women,” said Rob Gifford, Executive Vice President, NRAEF.  “We are excited to again partner with the VFW on this unique opportunity to connect potential employers with members of the military to help our servicemen and women learn about opportunities in our industry and match their skills, training and talents with meaningful restaurant, foodservice and hospitality jobs and careers.”

About the VFW:

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,500 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at

About the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation:

As the philanthropic foundation of the National Restaurant Association, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the industry’s training and education, career development and community engagement efforts. The NRAEF and its programs work to Attract, Empower and Advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice workforce.  NRAEF programs include:  ProStart® – a high-school career and technical education program; Restaurant Ready – partnering with community based organizations to provide “opportunity youth” with skills training and job opportunities; Military – helping military servicemen and women transition their skills to restaurant and foodservice careers; Scholarships – financial assistance for students pursuing restaurant, foodservice and hospitality degrees; and, the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship Project – a partnership with the American Hotel & Lodging Association providing a  hospitality apprenticeship program for the industry. For more information on the NRAEF, visit


Alyssa Prince, NRAEF – Community Relations

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Tori Hyndman, NRAEF - Communications

Randi K. Law, VFW – Communications & Public Affairs


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Tori Hyndman
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation