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DOL’s Veterans’ Staff to Provide Expanded Employment Services for State’s Vets

For immediate release
September 7, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - 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. 15.

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.

“Supporting our 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 families.”

The enhanced 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.

“These expanded 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  (860) 263-6535

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