Military Relations


The Bossier Chamber prides itself on being nationally recognized as a military friendly Chamber of Commerce. We have strong ties to our local military community and work diligently to promote and preserve our service men and women’s quality of life through a variety of military focused outreach efforts. We work with local military installations and reserve units to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of our military in the Bossier/Shreveport community by offering diverse support  programs and initiatives including community education, support of military awards programs, and hosting semi-annual veterans’ job fairs.

Veterans’ Job and Resource Fairs:  We are proud to host two annual job fairs each year, held in the fall and spring, in support of our military members and their families.  We open these job fairs up to all current and former military members and their dependents (18 years and older).  These events will bring together hiring businesses along with organizations that offer military support services and opportunities for further education.

Military Student Coordinator:  Bossier Parish Schools employs a full-time Military Student Coordinator to serve military families within the Parish. >>  Click HERE to learn more about their services.

Month of the Military Child:  The month of April is designated as Month of the Military Child, where we recognize the contribution that the military child makes as their parent(s) serve our nation.  The Bossier community is home to over 2,000 military children ages 4-18. The life of a military child is unique in that it is filled with challenges such as parent deployments, reintegration and frequent moves. Each year in April, students from across Bossier Parish participate in Purple Up Day to raise awareness and show support for children and military families.

Preferred Military Merchant Program:  Online program is a resource for military members to find local businesses who offer discounts to them and their families in recognition of their service to our country.  This project is supported and made possible through a partnership with local businesses, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. For more information on how your business can be a part of this resource, contact Kattie Hollay at 318-746-0252.  >> CLICK HERE to view discounts.

Unit of Excellence Awards:  The Bossier Chamber of Commerce seeks to recognize military units that have shown outstanding teamwork, success in completing their mission, and commitment to the local community.  All active duty and reserve units for all branches of service located within Bossier and Caddo Parishes are eligible for this award.  Units are recognized each year at the Military Appreciation Breakfast.

Monthly and Quarterly Awards Programs: The Bossier Chamber, through our Military Relations committee, is proud to present awards on behalf of the businesses in the Northwest Louisiana area that donate to the Airmen of the Month and Airmen of the Quarter award ceremonies. The committee also presents each winner with a Military Relations Committee challenge coin in recognition of their accomplishments.

Right Start/New Airman Orientation:  The Bossier Chamber attends and presents to all new Barksdale military and civilian personnel twice a month as a guest of the Airmen and Family Readiness Center. The Bossier Chamber is proud to represent the community at each of these briefings with valuable information to help newcomers get acclimated to the area.