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Governor Rell Urges Employers to Honor ‘Hire a Veteran Month’

For immediate release
October 12, 2010
CONTACT: Adam Liegeot, 860-301-4055
November 11, 2010

adam.liegeot@ct.gov 

As the state and the nation mark Veterans’ Day, Governor M. Jodi Rell today reminded employers that November is “Hire a Veteran Month” and asked companies to keep in mind the many benefits of bringing former service members into the work force. 

 “By hiring a veteran, employers actually get that ‘something extra’ in their workplace,” Governor Rell said. “Veterans bring a strongly developed understanding of teamwork and organization as well as proven leadership qualities. In addition, veterans are able to perform their jobs well under pressure, can adapt to tight schedules and can work with the limited resources of today’s business world. 

“Our recently returned veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and earlier conflicts have not only earned our respect and admiration – they deserve our gratitude as well,” the Governor said. “I can think of few better ways to demonstrate that appreciation than to give these heroes a chance to make a difference one more time in the ranks of Connecticut’s extraordinary working men and women.” 

Connecticut offers a wide range of services through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the state Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development. Staff from these two agencies have met with many veterans to help them make the transition from military to civilian life and to aid with issues ranging from job searches and resume writing to educational opportunities and housing. 

 Two recent outreach events drew several thousand veterans. More than 800 veterans attended the October 5 Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair held in the Rentschler Field Ball Room. The fifth such event of its kind held in Connecticut, the career and job fair was co-sponsored by the Department of Labor, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and CBS Radio. 

In addition, approximately 1,500 veterans took part in Stand Down 2010 on September 10. This was the 15th time the annual outreach and support program has been offered to veterans dealing with homelessness, unemployment and medical concerns. Held on the grounds of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Rocky Hill, attendees obtained free medical screenings, social service assistance, legal help, job counseling and referrals and veterans’ benefits information. 

Employers interested in connecting with this excellent work force should visit the Connecticut Department of Labor’s veterans’ website at www.ctvets.org or call their local CTWorks office to meet with a veterans’ representative to learn more.

Media contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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