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Labor Department Veterans’ Staff Will Offer Services at Stand Down 2007

For immediate release
September 6, 2007

WETHERSFIELD, Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development will offer employment and training assistance to visitors at Stand Down 2007, the day-long outreach and support program for veterans who are homeless or in need  taking place 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 on the grounds of the State Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill. 

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists from the agency will staff an information booth while the Labor Department’s Career Express, a specially-designed Winnebago with the latest workforce and job skill development tools, will be there to help with job search strategies and labor market information.

The Career Express, which regularly visits schools, businesses and community organizations throughout the state, is equipped with eight high-tech computer workstations equipped with Internet capabilities, a plasma TV with SMART board features and conference area.

“Staff will meet with visitors, work with them to better understand their employment and training needs, and provide related advice and referrals,” noted Terry Brennan, Director of the Office for Veterans Workforce Development.  “Our goal is to provide workforce assistance to former service personnel, including veterans who are experiencing homelessness or coping with stress-related disabilities. Returning to work is a very important step in getting our veterans back on their feet.”

According to Brennan, the Connecticut Department of Labor is just one of many state and non-profit organizations taking part in the annual event, which this year has as its theme, “Connecticut Cares.”  More than 560 Connecticut veterans took part in Stand Down 2006 and found the services and information to be extremely helpful.

Agencies attending Stand Down 2007 include the Connecticut departments of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Social Services and Public Health. As a result, veterans taking part in the event will be able to obtain free legal and motor vehicle assistance, as well as medical screenings. State and federal veterans’ benefits and educational assistance also will be available.

It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 homeless veterans in the United States, which represents approximately 30 percent of the nation’s homeless population.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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