Panther and White House visit

Panther Racing has teamed with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the White House on two nationwide initiatives to combat the unemployment issues challenging members of the National Guard and their spouses.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces initiative - which mobilizes all sectors of society to support service members and their families - and the U.S. Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes initiative - which helps veterans and their spouses find meaningful employment in the private sector - will combine forces with the team to help raise awareness through public service announcements, job fairs, at-track seminars and social media campaigns.

"This is an initiative that all of us in this country need to get behind, and we're going to do everything in our power to help the tremendous efforts already in place with Hiring Our Heroes and Joining Forces," Panther managing partner John Barnes said. "Some of the most qualified employees, the best leaders, and our brightest young minds are those who serve in the National Guard."

Last season, Panther began a program in which it hosted local employers at each respective race venue to help educate the community on the need, and benefits, of hiring military members. This season, in conjunction with Hiring Our Heroes, the team will be expanding that effort by hosting upwards of 50 local business leaders at each domestic IZOD IndyCar Series event, and by supporting hiring fairs held in local race markets and around the country.

"Hiring Our Heroes is excited about joining forces with Panther Racing to raise awareness on the staggering unemployment rates facing America's veterans and military spouses and to help them find meaningful careers," said Kevin Schmiegel, founder and executive director of the U.S. Chamber's Hiring Our Heroes initiative. "We stand together in recognizing that this is more than a jobs issue, it's critical to our national security."