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File #: 19-6125   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Intergovernmental Relations Committee
On agenda: 8/21/2019
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on a Hiring Our Heroes Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation [Juan Ayala, Director, Office of Military & Veteran Affairs]
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DEPARTMENT: Government & Public Affairs, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Jeff Coyle, Juan G. Ayala


SUBJECT: Hiring Our Heroes Memorandum of Understanding

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will establish a two-year, formal agreement between the United States Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program and the City of San Antonio. The MOU will specifically direct how the $150,000 currently budgeted towards military spouse employment will be spent.

As part of San Antonio's ongoing efforts to support the military, the City Council budgeted $150,000 in the FY 19 budget to support employment opportunities for spouses of active duty military members. The Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (OMVA) was tasked with exploring community needs in this area and make a recommendation as to how most effectively implement the funding.

To capture best practices from the community, OMVA consulted with a number of Veteran Support Organizations (VSO), including the USO, Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center, Wounded Warrior Project and the Bexar County Military and Veterans Services Center. OMVA also consulted with members of City Council, to include former Councilman Greg Brockhouse and District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry who is a Military Transformation Task Force Tri-Chair. In addition, OMVA also consulted with the City's Human Resources Department and the City Attorney's Office.

After this extensive review, OMVA concluded that partnering with the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring our Heroes (HOH) Military Spouse Program will result is the most effective use of City funds and provide the needed support to military spouses.

This HOH program is an initiative of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation dedicated to measurably impacting military spouse employment and underemployment. HOH's goal is to advance the narrative acr...

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