Governor M. Jodi Rell
today announced that federal funds provided to the state Department of Labor
have allowed the agency to add four Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP)
specialists to better assist veterans seeking employment.
The new personnel
will provide a wide range of services to Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air
Force veterans, with a special emphasis on assisting those who have
“These new positions
mean we can have additional resources to help our veterans – both those who have
recently left the military and those who served our country in the past,”
Governor Rell said. “These new employees at the Labor Department, who are
veterans themselves, will provide the job search expertise needed to help the
men and women who have served our nation in uniform utilize their existing
experience, identify transferable skills or gain the additional education that
may be necessary to make the most of their transition back into the civilian
The new employees are
veterans of both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation
Iraqi Freedom (OIF). They will work with clients in the Bridgeport, Hamden, New
Britain, Torrington and Waterbury CTWorks Career Centers, as well as at the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs’ Regional Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment and the VA Medical Center, both of which are located in Newington.
Services they will
provide include résumé assistance, job search strategies, case management,
counseling services and referrals.
The four newest
employees join nine other veteran employment specialists serving clients at the
CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Danbury, Danielson, Enfield, Hamden,
Hartford, Meriden, Middletown, New London, Norwich and Willimantic.
All Labor Department
veterans’ services staff are federally funded positions. The employees work
under the direction of the Labor Department’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce
Development. The unit is funded through a Job for Veterans Act grant from the US
Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services program.
In addition to
meeting with veterans in the local CTWorks Career Centers, the veteran
employment specialists also provide assistance at National Guard and Reserve OEF
and OIF pre-mobilizations and de-mobilizations. The specialists also provide
assistance by facilitating the Transitional Assistant Program at the U.S. Navy
Submarine Base in Groton. The three-day employment and training workshop is
geared toward helping returning veterans and their families.
Veterans wishing to
speak to an employment specialist can visit
www.ctvets.org to make an online appointment or stop by their
local CTWorks office.