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Labor Department Veterans’ Staff Will Assist Stand Down 2008 Visitors

For immediate release
September 9, 2008

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 2008, a one-day outreach and support program for veterans who are dealing with issues such as homelessness, unemployment and medical concerns.

The free event, organized by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 on the grounds of the State Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill. 

According to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists from the agency will on hand throughout the day to answer questions, offer information and advice, and offer resources to help veterans find employment.

An estimated 200,000 homeless veterans can be found in the United States, representing about 25 to 30 percent of the nation's total homeless population, Mayfield noted. She added that more than 750 veterans attended last year’s Stand Down. Services to be offered include job counseling, housing referrals, social service assistance, motor vehicle licenses, disposition of misdemeanor and motor vehicle court cases, VA benefit assistance, medical, dental and mental health screenings, and free clothing.

“Returning to work is a very important step in getting our veterans back on their feet, and our goal is to reach out to those veterans who are experiencing homelessness or coping with stress-related disabilities,” noted Terry Brennan, Director of the Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development. “Our experienced staff can provide the tools they need in order to assist them with their employment and training needs.”

Brennan noted that the more than 30 government agencies and private organizations have signed up to participate in the 2008 event.

Veterans can pre-register for the event on the Office for Veterans Workforce Development Web site, located at www.ctvets.org; call 1-800-550-0000, Extension 5833; or visit www.ct.gov/ctva. However, pre-registration is not required to attend Stand Down.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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