Outreach Program Marks 30-Year
Agency showcasing role
of Labor Department veterans’ employees
For immediate release
November 29, 2007
WETHERSFIELD, Connecticut Department of Labor employees are saluting a special
group of co-workers during the month – Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
Specialists (DVOPs) – and highlighting the anniversary of a successful program
that has assisted veterans for 30 years, State Labor Commissioner Patricia H.
Mayfield said today.
Gov. M. Jodi Rell officially proclaimed November as “Disabled Veterans Outreach
Program Month” in Connecticut, and staff in the agency’s Office for Veterans’
Workforce Development are asking state residents to pay tribute to their
colleagues and inform veterans of the valuable employment services available
through the state’s One-Stop CTWorks Centers.
personnel who were injured while on active duty, DVOPs provide intensive
services such as career guidance, in-depth assessments of customers in the Labor
Department’s CTWorks Centers, providing case management services and make
training referrals. In addition to Labor Department offices, the DVOPs are also
out-stationed at the U.S. Submarine base in Groton, at the U.S. Department of
Veterans’ Affairs’ facilities in West Haven and Newington, the Veterans Affairs
Community Care Center in West Haven and the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation
office in Newington.
“President Jimmy Carter, following his 1977 swearing-in ceremony, made one of
the highest priorities of his administration the plight of hundreds of thousands
of unemployed Disabled and Vietnam veterans then living in this country,”
Mayfield explains. “As a result, the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program, which
began as a temporary offering, was started and 2,000 disabled Vietnam-era
veterans were hired as DVOPs. Placed in 100 major cities across the country,
they helped thousands of disabled veterans to return to work and lead normal
Based on its success, the DVOP program was continued, and over the years, it has
made a major impact, points out Terry Brennan, Director of the agency’s Office
for Veterans’ Workforce Development.
“During the 1970s and 1980s, the program accomplished its goals through training
and education programs,” he notes.” In the 1990s, after Desert Storm War
military downsizing, the DVOP program was again instrumental in helping
thousands of returning disabled and war time veterans find jobs and resume
normal lives. Today, with wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, DVOPs are
again making a difference. They are helping returning disabled and wartime
veterans work their way back in to the labor market by assisting them in
securing training, getting VA benefits, and obtaining employment.”
The DVOP program has also been
instrumental in saving employers and America’s taxpayers millions of dollars
each year by bringing veterans back into the labor market, Brennan noted.
“Over the course of the last 30 years, the responsibilities of the DVOP have
continued to evolve and change,” he points out. “While the major focus remains
on the Disabled Veteran, the individuals in our agency who hold the title of
DVOP also possess an enhanced level of professionalism due to extensive training
and courses they have taken at the National Veterans Training Institute (N.V.T.I.).
These sessions are designed to ensure that every veteran in our state receives
all the service and support they are entitled to.”
National Veterans’ organization such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the
American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) AMVETS, and the Veteran’s
Administration, also recognize and support the value and dedication that the
DVOP program has accomplished in services to veterans and their families,
“It is reassuring to know that the DVOP program continues to help improve the
quality of life for veterans, their families and communities across the
country,” Mayfield noted. She urged veterans and their families to visit the
Department of Labor’s Web site for veterans’ services
www.ctvets.org or to find the
closest CTWorks Career Center.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535