DOL’s Veterans’ Staff to
Provide Expanded Employment Services for State’s Vets
For immediate release
September 7, 2008
Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that employees in the Connecticut
Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development are offering
expanded employment services to veterans throughout the state, beginning Sept.
Five new veterans’
representatives – individuals who recently served the country – will provide
increased outreach services at the state’s 14 CTWorks Career Centers. In
recent years, as a result of federal funding cuts, less than half the Career
Centers were staffed with a full-time veterans’ representative. Veterans either
had to travel to a Career Center in another community or veterans’
representatives scheduled appointments at non-staffed centers whenever possible.
veterans continues to be a priority in my administration, and thanks to
increased federal funding, the Labor Department can bring additional staff
onboard to better assist our returning soldiers as well as those who have served
in the past,” Governor Rell said. “These new staff recently served our country
and they can identify with this new generation of veterans and the issues they
face while transitioning back into civilian life and returning to their
service plan allows veterans’ representatives to meet and work with customers
five days a week at the state’s CTWorks Career Centers located in
Bridgeport, Hamden, Hartford, New Britain, New London and Waterbury. Under the
new plan, staff will also be available at least one day a week at the Danbury,
Danielson, Enfield, Middletown, Norwich and Willimantic CTWorks offices.
Veterans who wish to go to the Meriden or Torrington CTWorks Centers will
be able to meet with a representative by scheduling an appointment.
To meet the
statewide workforce needs of Connecticut’s veterans, the new schedule also
provides for One-Stop Centers in Derby and Stamford, and the U.S. Veterans
Center in West Haven, to be staffed one day a week. Additionally, a
representative will be onsite five days a week at the Veterans Administration’s
Vocational Rehabilitation office in Newington to meet the employment and career
needs of veterans.
services will give us better opportunities to bring needed local assistance to
our veterans and the communities they live in,” Governor Rell noted. “This also
provides Labor Department staff the chance to build stronger and more effective
networks when working with veterans and related services, such as financial
assistance, housing and educational opportunities, training and medical help.
“With today’s high
transportation costs, often it can be difficult for veterans, especially those
with a disability, to travel to offices located a distance from their homes,”
Rell noted. “In many cases, the best solution is to simply bring the services to
where a high concentration of veterans are located, such as our veterans’
hospitals. These expanded services will also provide Labor Department staff the
ability to develop more opportunities to work one-on-one with our veterans, and
to become more involved in the communities they serve.”
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens