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Labor Department Veterans’ Staff Offer Assistance to Stand Down 2009 Visitors

For immediate release
August 27, 2009

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 2009, the one-day outreach and support program for veterans who are homeless, unemployed or have medical concerns.

Titled “Connecticut Cares,” the free event, organized on an annual basis by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 on the grounds of the State Veterans Home, located at 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 assist veterans by offering resources to help them find employment. They will also answer questions, provide job counseling and employment advice and suggest referrals to related services.

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 notes, adding that nearly 1,000 veterans attended last year’s Stand Down. Other services to be offered include 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, along with 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,” explains Terry Brennan, Director of the Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development. “On a daily basis, our experienced Labor Department staff provides the employment and training tools they need and Stand Down offers us a way to reach out to hundreds of veterans in a single day.” Brennan added that more than 30 government agencies and private organizations have signed up to participate in Stand Down 2009.

Veterans can pre-register for the event on the Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development Web site, located at; call 1-800-550-0000, extension 5833; or visit Pre-registration however, is not required to attend Stand Down.

 Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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